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Eat This Now: Ultimate Cleansing Foods

If you’re among the millions of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or even just feeling crummy as a result of the standard American diet, listen up. Feeling lousy isn’t normal. Carrying extra weight, chronic aches and pains, constant fatigue, and zero sex drive are not acceptable side effects of aging. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Instead, take charge of your health, starting with your diet. Dr. Mark Hyman, medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, founder of The UltraWellness Center in Massachusetts, and chairman of the board of The Institute for Functional Medicine, has a detoxification program that can help you reset your body and kick-start your health. You can go to his website for all the details on his detox, but here we share his recommendations for cleansing foods that help boost the body’s natural healing processes.

Don’t let this list overwhelm you. It’s perfectly fine to start out adding just one or two at a time. Toss berries into your morning oats, promise yourself a cup of broccoli every day this week, or stop by a juice bar and ask for a fresh juice with celery. Build from there.

What to eat to feel better fast

    • Cruciferous vegetables: at least 1 cup daily; includes broccoli, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower
    • Garlic cloves: 2 to 3 every day (or take a garlic supplement)
    • Organic green tea: drink it in the morning instead of coffee
    • Fresh vegetable juices: especially those with celery, cilantro, parsley, and ginger
    • Herbal detoxification teas containing a mix of burdock root, dandelion root, ginger root, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon bark
    • High-quality, sulfur-containing foods: including eggs, whey protein, garlic, and onions
    • Bioflavonoids: found in grapes, berries, and citrus fruits
    • Dandelion greens: improve the flow of bile and increase urine flow
    • Celery: increases urine flow
    • Cilantro: helps remove heavy metals from the body
    • Rosemary: contains carnosol, a potent booster of detoxification enzymes
    • Curcuminoids: turmeric and curry, for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Burdock root: often used in traditional Chinese medicine for detox purposes
    • Chlorophyll: found in dark-green leafy vegetables and wheatgrass
    • Pycnogenol: an anti-inflammatory substance extracted from French maritime pine bark and available as a supplement to support circulation
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