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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!).
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In ancient times, fennel was famed for its medicinal uses—primarily as a digestive aid. Researchers have been studying this crunchy, anise-flavored vegetable that is used like celery in recipes; they’ve found it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it helps dispell gas and decrease bloating. High in vitamin C and flavonoids, phenolic compounds, fatty acids, fiber, and amino acids, fennel is also low in calories, which makes it an ideal detox food. Use fennel in a juice with apples and carrots or try this simple genius recipe from Giada De Laurentiis for Roasted Fennel with Parmesan. Next, don’t miss what happens to your body when you do a juice cleanse.