6 Simple Detoxifying Foods

Feeling a little sluggish from too much holiday indulgence?

Here are six simple, seasonal foods you can start eating today to detoxify and revitalize your body. Regular consumption of these foods will gently flush toxins from your system, nourish your liver and promote strong digestion, plus provide an array of other health perks.
 
1. Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens, like kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and mustard greens, are nutritional powerhouses with abundant benefits. A daily dose will keep you feeling lean and clean. Dandelion greens, in particular, are especially detoxifying.
 
Get started with this Easy Speedy Sauteed Greens recipe, this Dandelion Salad with Warm Walnut Vinaigrette, a raw kale salad or green smoothie.
 
2. Lemons
The darling of detox diets, lemon helps usher dietary and environmental toxins out of your body. Kickstart your digestion with a morning mug of warm water and juice from a quarter of a lemon. Love up your liver all day long by adding organic lemon zest to just about any dish.
 
3. Apples
All fruits are beneficial, but apples are particularly powerful, especially green apples. Enjoy as a snack with almond butter or toss into a salad or smoothie. As conventional apples are loaded with pesticides, always buy organic.
 
4. Beets
Nutrient-rich beets help break down toxins and eliminate waste. Add shredded raw beets to a salad or thin slices to a sandwich. Roast and savor as a side dish or in a veggie or quinoa salad.
 
5. Garlic
A powerful cleanser, raw garlic helps remove many harmful substances from your body. Mix with dressings, sauces and dips (e.g., hummus), add to sauteed greens or steamed veggies, or just pop a clove or two into your mouth.
 
6. Broccoli Sprouts
Broccoli sprouts are a mighty, nutrient-dense detoxifier. You can buy them, however sprouting them from seed is super simple and a fun kitchen garden project during the winter months. Various homegrown methods can be found online. Add them to salads, sandwiches or stir fries for a little extra kick.
 
Bonus: Water
Not a food, but absolutely vital for detoxification. Staying well hydrated bolsters your kidneys' ability to flush waste from your body. Find water boring? Liven it up with fresh lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, kiwi or ginger slices.
 
Protein Power
In order to detox, your body needs protein. Ensure every meal includes lean, clean protein such as wild fish (e.g., salmon, sardines), organic, pasture-raised poultry (e.g., turkey, chicken), lentils, nuts, nut butter and quinoa.