It seems that 'master cleanses' are all the rage right now. Skipping meals in favor of water and hot pepper drinks might help you lose weight initially, but it's not really a healthy lifestyle. Your liver and kidneys do a great job on their own of discarding toxins from your body, so it's better to give them a helping hand (in the form of a balanced diet) rather than take over the job completely. Luckily, there are many foods that, when incorporated into your diet, will help you detox naturally.

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1. Grapefruit

The ultimate fat burner. Grapefruit juice ranks among the highest in antioxidants, and high content of vitamin C boosts your immune system. The fruit is also packed with fat-zapping phytochemiclas, so when you eat half a grapefruit before each balanced meal, you can lose up to an inch of your waist size in such 6-weeks!

 Grapefruit

2. Avocado

Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, making them a must for a healthy diet. They also contain glutathione, a compound that blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage and help cleanse your liver's pathways. Plus, since avocados are packed with healthy fats, you'll get fuller quicker.

 Avocado

3. Spinach

Spinach is rich in compounds called thylakoids, which act as natural appetite suppressants. A cup of spinach is low in calories and very high in iron and easy to work into your diet. Toss some in your eggs, smoothies, casseroles, salads and more for a quick nutrition boost!

 Spinach

4. Beets

Beets get their deep red color from plant pigments down as betalains, and they are one of the few edible plants that contain them. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties; they also promote cell structure in the liver - the body's primary detox center.

 Beets

5. Cruciferous Veggies

Studies have shown that a diet rich in cruciferous veggies can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. These veggies include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale. Take your pick from any of these, they are all nutrition packed and easy to cook!

 Cruciferous Veggies

6. Green Tea

Green tea is very high in antioxidants and bioactive compounds. When consumed daily, it can improve your metabolism, alleviate bloating, reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases, improve dental health and more! Drink it hot or cold, or add a little honey for extra healthy flavor.

 Green Tea

7. Onions and Garlic

Members of the allium family such as onions and garlic give foods a pungent flavor. The flavonoid  found in these plants stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver's strongest antioxidants. This gives onions and garlic powerful antibacterial and immune-boosting properties.

 Onions and Garlic

8. Tomatoes

These plump beauties are packed the antioxidant lycopene, which can ward off skin damage from the inside out. Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, biotin molybdenum, vitamin K, copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate and more. No wonder they are considered one of the great super foods.

 Tomatoes

9. Almonds

Just a couple small handfuls of almonds a day can flush away those extra fatty deposits hanging around your liver (which can put you at an increased risk for liver cancer). In a study conducted by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers found that people who consumed about 15 almonds daily showed a 40% lower risk of liver cancer than those who consumed less. Pretty impressive!

 Almonds

10. Oats

Gut friendly fiber is important when considering a healthy diet, and oats are rich in that area. You can get 16 grams of fiber from just one cup of oats. That includes insoluble finer which feeds healthy bacteria in your gut as well as a soluble kind called beta-glucan. When beta-glucan is combined with avenanthramide (also found in oats), it can help fight against obesity-related health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Plus, it is far more filling than cold cereal options, so you won't experience a mid-morning crash.

 Oats

11. Mustard

That's right, mustard is a health food! Eating one tablespoon (which contains only 5 calories, by the way), can boost you metabolism by 25% for several hours. You don't have to just eat it on sandwiches, it makes a great marinade for meat and fish as well. Try it with a little garlic and rosemary on pork chops - yum!

 Mustard

12. Sweet Potatoes

One of my personal favorites on the list, sweet potatoes contain many of the super food vitamins found in tomatoes, particularly vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese. They also contain carotenoids (the organic pigment that gives sweet potatoes their orange color), which can give your complexion a glowing, healthy appearance.

 Sweet Potatoes

13. Wild Salmon

A diet rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids may help to reverse arterial stiffness. Wild salmon is one of the best sources of such omega-3's. Just a four ounce portion can get your arteries moving, allowing for healthy blood flow.

 Wild Salmon



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