In China, foods have historically been considered to have medicinal qualities. Here are 20 detoxifying foods that will help make you healthier.
1. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain digestible fiber that can facilitate bowel movement. The best way to eat them is to bake them and eat unpeeled. They taste very refreshing and luscious.
2. Green beans
Green beans can eliminate toxins, induce diuresis, and quench thirst. Green bean soup can also reduce swelling. Do not cook them too long; otherwise, the effects are diminished, as the nutrients will decompose.
Oats can relax the bowels, stimulate bowel movement, and detoxify the body. It is good to steam the oats and make them into a juice. You can also add other ingredients to the juice, such as an apples or raisins, which are also nutritious and promote defecation.
Barley can improve blood circulation, induce diuresis, and reduce swelling caused by edema. Barley is great for detoxification. You can also boil the barely, then add a bit of sugar and apply it externally to use it as a natural way to whiten your skin.
Millet does not contain gluten, so it doesn’t irritate the intestinal tract. It is mild and easy to digest, which makes it suitable to eat with other detoxifying foods. Millet gruel is very good for detoxification and inducing diuresis. It is also nutritious and good for skin whitening.
6. Brown rice
Brown rice is whole, unmilled rice, which is rich in fiber. It can absorb water and fat, and give you feeling of fullness. It can also stabilize the digestion system. A good way to detoxify is to have a bowl of brown rice porridge or a cup of brown rice soy milk every morning.
7. Red beans
Red beans can stimulate bowel movement, help with constipation, and induce diuresis. You can stew the red beans with an electric cooker for some time before going to bed. Then drink the liquid the next morning, which is very good for detoxification.
Carrots help treat constipation and are also rich in β-carotene, which can neutralize toxins. Fresh carrots work better because they can clear away the toxins, soothe the intestines, and relax the bowels. You can make juice with them and then add honey and lemon juice, which is thirst-quenching and good for detoxification.
9. Chinese yams
Chinese yams can rectify the digestive system, reduce subcutaneous fat accumulation and help your immune system. It works best when they are served raw. You can cut a peeled Chinese yam and pineapple into small pieces and make juice with them, which is good for promoting digestion and regulating the intestines.
Burdock can improve blood circulation and metabolism, and regulate bowel function. The fibre it contains can soften excrement, which is good for detoxification and treating constipation. You can make tea with it and take at any time. It is safe to use over a long period of time.
Asparagus contains various nutrients, including asparagine and potassium, which can induce diuresis to discharge excess water in the body. The tips of asparagus are rich in vitamin A. It’s good to leave the tips a bit on top of the water when cooking so the nutrients will be preserved.
Onions can stimulate bowel movement and promote digestion. They are also rich in sulfur, which, when combined with protein, is especially good for the liver, resulting in good detoxification. Boil a pot of onion-based vegetable soup and add some high fiber vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and celery. The soup can break down accumulated toxins and help with defecation.
13. Lotus root
Lotus root can purify the blood and act as a diuretic. Lotus root can be served hot or cold. You can make juice with it and then add a bit of honey. You can also heat it using low heat and then add a bit of sugar. Drink it when it is still warm.
Radishes are very good for inducing diuresis. The fiber they contain can also relax the bowels and help with losing weight. They are good for detoxification when served raw. You can make a juice or pickle them.
Chrysanthemum is rich in Vitamin A, which protects the liver and helps to discharge toxins from the body. It is good in a juice made with tomato, carrot, grapefruit, apple and mixed nuts.
16. Sweet potato leaves
Sweet potato leaves are not bitter and give a feeling of fullness. They can also stimulate bowel movement and prevent constipation. Wash fresh sweet potato leaves and cook them in boiling water. When fully cooked, stir with chopped garlic and add a bit of salt and oil. It is delicious and refreshing.
17. Radish leaves
Radish leaves contain vitamins and fiber. They can stimulate the appetite and help with constipation. Clean and drip-dry the radish leaf, then make juice with it and add a bit of honey. Regular intake is good for detoxification and health care.
18. Sichuan aescin
Sichuan aescin (from horse chestnut) can reduce blood sugar and treat habitual constipation. Mix it with tomato, alfalfa sprouts, yellow pepper, kiwi, mixed nuts, and a bit of passion fruit juice or apple cider vinegar, and then make juice with them.
Yogurt is full of rich lactic acid, which may help with constipation and stabilize the stomach. It can make the toxins accumulated in the intestinal tract easily discharged. Yogurt milk or yogurt salad are both good choices. It is better to eat it before breakfast on an empty stomach. Yogurt can also give a feeling of fullness.
Vinegar is good for metabolism and discharges acidic materials from the body. It can also induce diuresis and relax the bowels. Drink some diluted vinegar after breakfast and dinner every day. It is good for your health.
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