Here is a list of vegetables and fruits that you can consume during this 7 day mindfulness cleanse. It is important not to have too many fruit juices a day, but instead have a good balance of both fruit and vegetable. You may choose to have 2 fruit juices and 2 vege juices a day with lots of water in between. These foods will nourish your body while helping your detoxifying organs and immune system function at optimal levels, not to mention giving your digestive system a break from carbs, meat, dairy, processed sugars and fats, gluten to name just a few.
This cleanse will give you a really good opportunity to tune into your body and you will notice that you’ll become more sensitive to the environment that surrounds you, especially incorporating the morning meditation sessions.
Asparagus makes a great spring detox food because that’s when it’s at its freshest, and is just what the body needs after a long winter. Asparagus can serve to help balance blood sugar levels while on a detox that involves juice fasting because of the chromium it contains.
Beets are a rich source of betalains, a powerful antioxidant that is found in only a few foods. They work directly on the liver, helping it to remove impurities from your blood. Use fresh beets and roast them for a taste that’s quite different from pickled beets.
There are many reasons to include bell peppers in your detox, as long as you don’t have a sensitivity to nightshade vegetables. They’re a good source of fiber, and contain a good number of different vitamins. There’s also antioxidants that benefit your heart and support healthy blood pressure levels.
Part of the cruciferous vegetable family, bok choy is full of important vitamins that act as antioxidants in the body. It’s also a rich source of fiber, and helps out your elimination system so that you’re getting the toxins out of your body efficiently.
Broccoli is a health food staple that cannot be overlooked when trying to detox the body. The combination of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and even protein that broccoli brings to the detox equation will help all of your body’s major functions. It’s Vitamin C content alone will have you set for the day.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage get regular attention in health news thanks to their anti-cancer properties. Perhaps this is because they help the body’s natural detox systems perform the way they should. Making a cabbage soup is a tasty way to include cabbage on your detox.
A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, cauliflower contains glucosinolates which is why these types of vegetables are often linked to anti-cancer benefits. It works be providing enzymes to the body that encourage it to carry out its natural detoxification processes. Cauliflower also provides you with some fiber as well as Vitamin C.
Celery is an alkalizing vegetable that will help reduce inflammation and supports a healthy nervous system. Be sure to leave on the leaves to get extra vitamins from the celery. One of the best ways to use celery on a detox is to juice it, especially if you don’t care for the taste or texture of whole celery.
Another member of the cruciferous vegetable family, collard greens contain the same glucosinolates found in Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. These lower your cancer risk and give your detox system a boost so it can do its job more effectively. Try them in a salad instead of spinach for a change of flavor.
Cucumbers support the body in a number of ways, all of which come in handy while trying to detox. They’re a hydrating vegetable, made up mostly of water, and they’ll support your digestive system while at the same time reducing inflammation and providing you with antioxidant support.
The diuretic properties of fennel make it a good addition to your detox as it will help with the removal of toxins. It’s also a good source of minerals, and is an anti-inflammatory. It can be added into a detox smoothie or used as a salad topping.
One of the tastier vegetables on our detox foods list, green beans make the cut because of their large amounts of antioxidants. These include both carotenoids and flavonoids, making them an anti-inflammatory that will help ease you through any detox symptoms and help you to feel energized throughout the process.
Kale can be counted on as a vegetable that will help your detox considerably. It contains vitamins A and C, fiber, and even plant protein. It’s also a good source of minerals and can be used as an ingredient in a green detox smoothie.
Don’t let their small size fool you, peas pack a nutritional punch and are a welcome addition to any serious detox program. They contain both fiber and protein as well as antioxidant. The fiber will help keep you regular and the protein will help you feel satiated between meals.
Radishes go right to work in your digestive system, helping to clear out toxins that have built up, and move them out of the body. In conjunction with high-fiber foods found on this list you’ll be helping to return your digestive system to its natural state of high efficiency for added energy and vitality.
Seaweed is an important detox aid because of the large amount of chlorophyll and iodine it contains. Iodine supports a sluggish thyroid, and you’ll want your thyroid fully functioning while you detox. Getting iodine from a natural source like kelp is preferable over synthetic supplements.
We all know spinach is good for us, but it’s so good for us that it should take a starring role in your detox plan. It provides support to the immune system with its Vitamin C, protein to help you stay strong during the detox, and phytonutrients that act as antioxidants.
Your liver takes a lot of abuse in our modern world, and the lycopene in tomatoes helps to protect it from damage so it can do its job of filtering out toxins. Go with cherry tomatoes for more lycopene, and cooked tomatoes to release more lycopene and reap more benefits.
Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable, in the same family as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, although it doesn’t look very much like them at all. It contains antioxidants that are shown to give it anti-cancer properties and these same antioxidants help your body get rid of toxic substances.
The chlorophyll content of wheatgrass makes it the perfect choice for helping your body to detox. It’s not as easy as eating wheatgrass like you would a salad, or adding it to a smoothie. You’ll want to juice it in order to get the full benefits or make it easy for yourself and pop down to Yazza’s cafe and pick yourself up a wheatgrass shot.
Provide your body with the Vitamin C it needs to get your immune system in working order. During a detox you may suffer from a “healing crisis” unless you are supplying your body with the nutrients it needs. Zucchini can play a part along with other nutrient-dense foods on this list.
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Apples are a great detox food because of the special fiber they contain called pectin. It helps to whisk out toxins from the body and helps to keep you regular. Even more, the flavonols in apples help to ward off cancer, and its antioxidants support brain health.
Bananas are so good for the body that there are proponents that suggest eating a banana-only diet to perform a detox. You don’t have to go to extremes to detox, and you can enjoy bananas along with other foods in order to help the body get rid of toxins.
Blackberries are a good source of antioxidants and fiber, and the reason berries in general make a good detox fruit is because of the clean energy they provide. Whip up a mixed berry detox shake as a breakfast option and you’ll feel supercharged through lunchtime.
Blueberries get a lot of credit for their antioxidants, but they’re also a good source of fiber, a duo that makes them perfect for detoxing. You’ll also be supporting your brain and helping to prevent cancer. The specific mix of antioxidants in blueberries has been shown to have an anti-aging effect on the body.
You may be aware that cranberry juice is recommended as an alternative and all-natural treatment for a urinary tract infection, but it is also helpful when you want to flush the kidneys. Treat these hard-working organs right by giving them some attention and helping them purge toxins.
There are plenty of antioxidants packed into each goji berry, making them a great detox snack all by themselves, or they can be incorporated into a recipe to increase its detox effectiveness. They’re also a rich source of Vitamin C so your immune system is given a boost during your detox.
Grapefruit is often thought of as diet food because of its low calories and ability to rev up your metabolism, but it also makes a great detox food. It’s an alkalizing fruit that helps balance your liver functions and produces a more efficient detox. Tastes great as a juice as well as eaten whole.
Keep your digestive system happy by eating foods that are hydrating, like grapes. A dehydrated, sluggish digestion puts you at risk for reabsorbing the toxins you’re releasing. Grapes are made up mostly of water, and contain antioxidants and fiber to support your cleansing.
You’ll be getting plenty of nutritional support from kiwifruit, and it can add a naturally sweet taste and bright green color to your plate or glass. The antioxidants, fiber, and potassium they contain will help fight off free radical damage, and keep your digestive system humming along.
Lemons are an excellent detox aid, and the best way to get their benefits is to add it to the water you’ll be drinking on your detox. The vitamins and nutrients will seep into the water and provide you with Vitamin C and enzymes that support your detox organs.
Mango is not only good for your digestive tract, it also supports your overall health with an array of vitamins such as A and D, with Vitamin A acting as an antioxidant in the body. You can eat fresh mango or frozen, even dried, just make sure it’s organic no matter which way you go.
You’ll have your Vitamin C needs met for the day by consuming just one orange, helping to support your immune system. It’s also a good source of fiber and can help you stay hydrated. Store bought orange juice is not recommended due to the added sugar, but fresh-squeezed orange juice can be used.
Papayas do more for you than simply boost your Vitamin C intake for the day. They’re rich in minerals including magnesium and folate, and they’re an excellent source of fiber with one small papaya providing 10% of your fiber needs. They’re also high in Vitamins A and K and lycopene.
Pears have the same type of fiber as apples, pectin, which helps to cleanse the colon and can be very beneficial on a detox program. The antioxidants will support your immune system, while the juice from the pear acts as an anti-inflammatory. Enjoy whole, juiced, or in a detox smoothie.
Another Vitamin C powerhouse, pineapples are a sweet and sour way to get more vitamins and minerals into the body while detoxing. Pineapples and all sugary fruits should be kept to reasonable portions on a detox, especially if you are detoxing to lose weight or to start a new diet.
Fresh plums and their dried form prunes are good detox options because of their antioxidant and fiber content. Plums help you absorb iron, which can be especially helpful when you’re detoxing and need all the minerals you can get. Prunes can also help balance blood sugar levels so you stay clear-headed on your detox.
No offense to the other fruits on here, but pomegranates put them to shame in terms of sheer antioxidant power. The results that pomegranates provide have been clinically proven, and it can seriously improve your immune system, one of the most important systems to focus on during a detox.
An excellent source of antioxidants and fiber, raspberries also contain Vitamin C and a healthy dose of Vitamin K. Their antioxidants can help protect you from both heart disease and cancer. Raspberries provide your taste buds with a tartness that combines well with sweet fruits, and will enhance any smoothie or salad.
Strawberries are a detox fruit you’ll love to eat, and can help your body with folic acid as well as potassium. They contain several antioxidants to help with your major detoxifying organs, and also help to normalize high blood pressure thanks to the potassium they contain.
Herbs and Spices
Adding fresh basil to a detox smoothie or a detox salad is a great idea because of the antioxidants it contains. This will help to fight free radicals in the body and curb inflammation so that you feel good while getting the bad stuff out.
A detox diet doesn’t have to be flavorless, and with cardamom you’re getting a robust flavor and health benefits as well. The array of minerals you get with cardamom is pretty impressive, and it will also add to your total protein and fiber for the day.
Spice things up on your detox with some cayenne pepper and you’ll be getting capsaicin, the substance that gives it its heat. It’s also good for your digestion and can help relieve any gas you’re experiencing while on a cleanse. It also improves your circulation, an important element when detoxing.
Don’t overlook the power of spices while you detox. They can improve the flavor of the foods you’re eating and also supply additional nutrients. Cinnamon in particular provides Vitamin K as well as manganese and calcium, two essential minerals, and some fiber to help with your digestion.
An unexpected source of nourishment, dandelions and dandelion roots should make it onto your menu in some capacity. The digestive support they provide as well as the antioxidants makes them a great addition to a detox smoothie or a topper for a detox salad. It is a good idea to drink dandelion coffee or tea on a daily basis as it is a strong liver cleanser.
Garlic is a well-known cleansing agent, and its healing properties can be contributed to the allicin it contains. Adding garlic to a detox meal is easy enough, and you can also find it in supplemental form if you’re not a fan of the taste or want a higher dose.
The benefits ginger provides to your digestive system make it a natural detox food, and it also acts as an anti-inflammatory. You can grate fresh ginger on top of a detox salad, or simply drop a nub into a detox smoothie and let your blender do the work.
Vitamins and minerals abound in lemongrass, and it can add a delicious flavor to your detox cooking. An added detox bonus is that lemongrass can help kill off harmful organisms in your body thanks while leaving beneficial bacteria alone. Try adding it to a smoothie or soup for best results.
Parsley contains plenty of antioxidants, so it should be used as more than just a garnish. Drop it in a detox smoothie or add it to a detox soup. It has a fresh flavor in addition to its nutritional benefits, and can be found fresh and in bunches in the produce section.
Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for centuries, and also brings with it a distinct flavor that can make your detox meal taste better. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that helps your brain and your heart and can even help prevent cancer.
Oils and Fats
The healthy fat avocados contain will get your bile levels up, helping to get rid of toxins that have been stagnant due to low bile production. The fiber in avocados helps carry these toxins out, and the assorted vitamins and minerals insure your body doesn’t suffer during the process.
One of the healthiest oils you can use while on a detox, coconut oil is so nourishing that there’s even an entire detox diet based around it. It provides medium-chain triglycerides that give you energy to burn, and is great at killing bacteria and fungus from inside the body.
Compared to the oils used in commercially produced foods, olive oil is an absolute champion. It contains antioxidants so it will actually improve your health instead of tear it down. Be sure your olive oils is extra virgin cold pressed and organic so you’re getting the highest purity.
Green tea is revered for its high antioxidant content, and these come in handy on your detox so your body can safely pass toxins. The EGCG in green tea is known for its weight loss benefits, but here we’re more interested in its ability to protect the liver while it filters out unwanted substances.
Sleep is a detox aid that you simply can’t ignore, and you’ll want to make sure you get to bed early when detoxing. Chamomile can help soothe your nervous system and relax you into a state of sleepiness, while also calming your digestive system so it can reset itself while you sleep.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is great to add to a few glasses of the water you drink each day, helping with digestion and adding its life-giving enzymes to the body. Be sure to go with organic raw apple cider vinegar that still contains “the mother”.
Unlike regular iodized table salt and the industrial-grade salt found in processed foods, sea salt helps to nourish the body and keep your fluid levels balanced. It promotes healthy blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure and is encouraged while detoxing to help you feel your best.
You want to be sure your body is getting all of the nutrients possible while you’re detoxing, and spirulina can help fill in any nutritional gaps. As a supplement you’ll find it in powdered form to easily add it to smoothies or soups. It is full of antioxidants and protein to help sustain you through the day.
Here are just a few ideas for what you might want to incorporate on this cleanse. There will be plenty of recipes to choose from in my next installment.