Detoxification is a complex process, The connection between the body and the mind is a very real one, with the way your body feels playing a big part in how your brain functions and whether or not you experience a state of well-being. Keeping it free of toxins, free radicals, and other nasty things that can end up in our insides is essentially to maintaining a healthy life.

You’ll notice that with many of these detox foods the road to purification goes through the liver, and getting it to full capacity can have several long-lasting benefits throughout the body.

Broccoli and Kale are part of the cruciferous vegetable family that have been shown to potentially up-regulate liver detoxifying enzymes, which may help increase the body’s ability to detoxify. Cruciferous vegetables also contain powerful antioxidants that may be cancer-preventive.

Parsley can help to stimulate bile production that can help with detoxification process.

Turmeric contains major antioxidant that may help the body to make essential compounds in the detoxification process. Turmeric also contains potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help to soothe joint pain.

Ginger may improve digestion which can help with detoxification process and also contains a rich source of antioxidants that can help to protect against damage done during the detoxification process.

Apple contains a compound called quercitin that has been found to help up-regulate detoxifying enzymes and other compounds; additionally quercitin has been found to contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apples also naturally contain fiber that is beneficial to promoting regular bowel movements, and fiber may also help to prevent health issues including diverticulitis and even colon cancer.

Avocados Because of its fiber and antioxidant count this is a food that is making it onto more and more detox lists. At first many shied away from them because of they’re high in fat, but ever since the difference between good fats and bad fats become more commonly known, they are now getting the respect they deserve.

Don’t think that the guacamole you can add to your meal at a fast food restaurant for 50 cents more is going to do the detox trick. Opt for organic avocados and consume them without any other ingredients to get the full benefit of their healthy content.

Cabbage In addition to cleansing your liver cabbage will also aid in helping you go to the bathroom, which in turn helps you expel the toxins, getting them out of your system so you can start fresh.

Garlic Many detox diets list garlic as a crucial piece of the puzzle. The reason is that garlic boosts up the immune system as well as helping out the liver. One good thing about garlic is that you can up your intake of it without having to worry if your body is going to get used to it or build up a resistance.

One other positive aspect is that it can help to add flavor to otherwise bland foods that you’ll be eating on your detox program. But if you don’t like the taste of garlic you can still get its benefits because it comes in supplement form.

Keep in mind that not one single detox food on this list is a magical one that you can focus all of your attention on to fully cleanse the body. Consider increasing your intake on as many as you can reasonably accommodate. Some might be hard to incorporate, either because you can’t find them locally or you can’t picture yourself adding them to your diet. Just do the best you can to come up with a detox plan that works for you and that you feel good about.