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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.