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Yet another reason to buy them by the bag, avocados were shown to dial back liver damage caused by liver toxins, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. A key ingredient is glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps the liver detoxify fat before bile is emitted, helping to rid your body of unwanted toxins. So say yes to your avocado toast! Check out these 16 recipes using the ever versatile and tasty avocado.
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Like turmeric, artichokes naturally increase bile production and are loaded with vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and provide nearly 10 grams of fiber in just one choke. It’s also great for shedding fat. “The thing about artichokes is it takes a while to eat it as there is a lot of fiber in the leaves,” says Caroline M. Apovian, MD, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. “It’s also low in calories and fat and has a lot of antioxidants to offer.” A super-easy detox recipe is to steam whole artichokes until just tender and then dip the base of leaves in a mixture of butter, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. Here are more powerful spring superfoods to add to your detox diet.
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Pineapples not only have more vitamin C than oranges, they also contain the digestive enzyme bromelain, which helps cleanse your colon and assists with digestion. Researchers have also tested bromelain to treat muscle strains, decrease joint pain, and manage digestive disorders—the enzyme seems to have anti-inflammatory abilities, says Dr. Axe. Pineapple flavor intensifies with a gentle searing on the grill (great for a summer dessert!).