There are herbs and supplements that help detox the liver, such as milk thistle, the ancient herb bupleurum (a revered natural remedy in Chinese medicine), and dandelion root. Says Dr. Axe: “Bupleurum has been shown to improve general liver function and detoxification, as well as prevent certain cancers in women, and treat depression related to PMS and menopause.” Make a tea with the herbs, adding a slice of sour lemon and fresh lemon balm or mint for a balance of flavors extra feel-good phytochemicals.
Bone broth redux
Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers knew the wisdom of using up chicken and meat bones to make a strong broth for occasional ills and as a basis for hearty soups. Bone broths are good for your immune system and your soul, says Dr. Axe. It’s his first line of treatment for leaky gut syndrome, improving joint health, and boosting the immune system. “It’s one of my favorites when I’m doing a detox because it’s really high in amino acids like glycine, which actually supports liver detox,” he says. “I add lots of vegetables and even green apples.” Find out more about the only cleanse diet that nutritionists approve of.
Fun ways to drink more water
Lemon water is fine, but if you’re serious about spring cleaning with detox foods, you’ll need more water of any and every type. How much should you drink? Dr. Axe advises his clients divide their body weight by half and drink that much in ounces. So, if you weigh 130 pounds your water intake should be 65 ounces a day. If that seems overwhelming, make your water more interesting with flavorful additions like berries and crushed mint, cubed melon, and sliced jalapeno, or cooling slices of cucumber with lemongrass.