8 Cleansing Foods to Add to Your Diet

By Kaci Lee

Feeling inspired to continue your New Year’s resolutions? Check out the eight cleansing foods below to give your body a fresh start.

1. Avocados

In the past, avocados have been shunned by diet gurus for their high fat content. Now they are nearly worshipped for their antioxidant content. The antioxidants called carotenoids are highly concentrated and are just beneath the skin. Avocados are anti-inflammatory and contain a whopping 40 percent of your daily dose of fiber per cup (150 grams).

2. Apples

The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” definitely should not be ignored. One medium-sized apple packs about 17 percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber. It also contains a high amount of vitamin C and only 95 calories. If you are buying apples from a supermarket, make sure to thoroughly wash the skin. Peeling them takes away most of the fiber that pushes toxins out.

3. Beets

Beets are small, colorful, and surprisingly good in salads. They are also a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. These nutrients have shown to be anti-inflammatory and to provide antioxidants. In addition to all of these perks, beets have a varied and strong nutritional content, including fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.  The betalains work to help eliminate and neutralize toxins in the body.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are already known for their high antioxidant content, consistently ranking first place among fruits and vegetables. Anthocyanins are the antioxidants that provide pigment to blueberries and offer many health properties. They also protect the digestion tract. With a decent 14 percent of your daily dose per cup and only 84 calories, blueberries are the perfect addition to a healthy diet. Try sprinkling some on top of oatmeal or cereal for a morning treat.

5. Celery

Celery has been wrongly accused of offering little to no nutritional value in the past. Celery is actually good source of vitamin K, vitamin A, and fiber. One cup of celery only contains 16 calories. Celery has anti-inflammatory benefits, antioxidants, and even helps protect the digestive tract. With most of the vegetable consisting of water, it will keep you hydrated and flush toxins out. Celery contains 7 percent of your daily dose of potassium.

6. Green Tea

Green tea isn’t a food, but it is a beverage full of antioxidants and is naturally cleansing. It contains an antiviral agent that aids in removing plague from teeth, cleansing the body of impurities, and will help calm anxiety.

7. Legumes

When thinking of legumes, think peas, beans, and lentils. Legumes are high in calcium, iron, potassium, and fiber. The fiber plays a role in keeping the body full for long periods of time and cleansing the body by cleaning out the digestive system.

8. Walnuts

Walnuts are omega-3 powerhouses, with over 100 percent of your daily dose in one fourth of a cup. A diet incorporating walnuts will lower LDL blood pressure, lower risk of blood clotting, and lower inflammation. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make this nut a great choice to incorporate into a cleansing diet.

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