20 Of The Best Detoxifying Foods

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One of the most significant nutritional philosophies of modern times is that keeping the level of toxins in the body to a minimum is quintessential to good health. Toxins can be absorbed from food, water, air or through the skin and in the modern world we are surrounded by a vast number of pollutants and chemical additives.

It’s not really known what the overall consequences are of living in a “low level toxic soup” – as the long term effects of small amounts of toxins are very difficult to ascertain scientifically. However, a huge number of people are firm in the belief – especially in the alternative health world – that many sicknesses commence through the gradual accumulation of toxins in the system – perhaps in a specific organ – and that the body needs to “detox” so as to be able to maintain its ability to self heal. The body wants to heal itself – and the theory is that if you remove harmful substances that are taxing the system, healing of all kinds can take place much more effectively.

It is generally thought that the best place to start is by maintaining a good level of hydration and the consumption of a diet including plenty of minimally-processed pure foods and highly nutritious natural ingredients such as fresh vegetables and fruit. It’s also invariably recommended by detox experts to avoid alcohol, smoking, refined sugars and other highly processed or rich foods.

In addition to being generally healthful, certain specific foods are thought to help assist with the removal of unwanted toxins from the body – providing for example nutritional support to the kidneys or liver.

20 Detoxifying Foods List

Here is the “short version” of this most excellent top 20 list of detox foods. Wherever possible, please use the freshest organic ingredients for maximum benefits… and always remember to stay hydrated!

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Dandelion Root




Green Tea




Olive Oil






Bonus – an extra two I just thought of – Milk Thistle extract and Watermelon.

Here’s another post of ours that relates to this one – How To Make A Liver Cleansing Detox Juice

The “full length” version of the list, complete with additional information, is at the link:


Can you think of any more “detox foods” or are there any other foods you include as part of a detox diet or regimen? Let us know in the comments.

note – as always – this article is not medical advice, does not replace medical advice nor is a recommendation to self-medicate.


  • By ruby, July 10, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    does this clean your blood too?

  • By Elizabeth, September 21, 2013 @ 1:20 pm


  • By Monica, September 21, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Spirulina is great for detoxing. Just add it to smoothies to mask the strong taste 🙂

  • By Ila, October 14, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Parsley root and leaves

  • By kubeshni, October 29, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    Sweetmelons…pears…carrots…cabbage…tomatoes..cucumber…fennel bulbs…radish…lettuce..mint…

  • By dr.ibrahiim, December 9, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    Celery n parsley?

  • By Jeroen, December 9, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Pumpkins are planted to clear the soil of any toxins. I’m not sure but
    Aren’t pumpkin seeds also a great detoxifier?

  • By sue, January 14, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    cilantro is a good chelation food, maybe detox too.

  • By Cilantro Truck, February 17, 2014 @ 2:01 am


  • By Nnenna, July 31, 2014 @ 3:44 am

    Aloe Vera + Cranberry

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