Among its many benefits, matcha green tea is known as a powerful anti-carcinogen, and it also helps you lose fat. Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is a component found in the leaves used to make matcha that can transform fat into fuel in the bloodstream through a process called thermogenesis. The process helps you shed pounds, especially when you add the caffeine in matcha; it has three times more than regular green tea. High-quality matcha—it’s worth spending a bit more—is a brilliant green color with a slightly grassy, mildly bitter aftertaste. It makes a refreshing iced tea as well as a hot tea. Dr. Axe points out that matcha’s detox ability is due to its naturally high amount of chlorophyll, which helps cleanse your body and remove toxins from the liver.
Known as a blood cleanser, beets produce nitric acid, which helps increase blood flow throughout your body. According to Dr. Axe, eating beets or drinking the juice provides a boost of vitamin E, carotenes, phenolic acids, and betalains, a type of antioxidant that helps repair and regenerate cells in the liver. Make a cleansing beet, grapefruit, baby greens, and feta salad or combine beets, apples, celery, lemon juice, and a few sprigs of cilantro for a power refresher. Try these cleansing juices to power through your day.
Crazy big salads
A really big salad with the freshest power greens (think baby kale, spinach, watercress, beet greens, and arugula) is an unbeatable combination of detox foods for your body. Top it with spring radishes, shaved fennel, and crunchy hemp and chia seeds. Instead of goopy bottled dressing, keep things clean by gently tossing the salad with a tablespoon or two of extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. “I think from salad standpoint, keeping things really fresh with lots of greens, combined with nuts and seeds tossed with a more sour, tahini-lemon dressing with garlic or just sprinkled with apple cider vinegar is a great detoxifier,” says Dr. Axe. You’ll also ensure you’re getting two to five servings of powerhouse vegetables a day, most of your fiber, and a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat from the oil; you’ll also fill fuller longer.