Detoxing 101: 5 detox foods to spring clean your body

5 Detoxing Foods to Spring Clean Your Body

In case you missed it, detoxing your diet is a hot trend. Everything from juice cleanses, to calonics, to fasts have become everyday phrases when it comes to trend diets and detox strategies.

There are plenty of tasty options that can de-bloat your gut and cleanse your system all while allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of good, normal food. Because after all, when your gut's healthy, your healthy -- and it's no secret that many of us consistently strive for a life of health.

Let's get back on track and cleanse the right way with these 5 detox foods to help spring clean your body!

1) Chia seeds

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Loaded with antioxidants and soluble fiber, these tiny seeds couldn't be better for your belly! Sprinkle them over some Greek yogurt, or a hearty salad and PRESTO -- you're one happy, healthy camper.

2) Leafy greens and raw veggies

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We've all heard "eat your veggies" at one point or another throughout our childhood, but some may not realize just how important they actually are. Packed with more vitamins than you can imagine, leafy greens are a great way to detox pesticides and heavy metals we're all exposed to on a daily basis.

3) Lemon and citrus fruits

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Incorporate a little avocado into your meal, or squeeze a little lemon into your water and believe it or not -- you'll easily jump start your immune system and begin your detox before even knowing it.

4) Garlic and onion

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Stimulating your gut, liver and immune system -- these intense smelling foods help your body in more ways than one and are a great addition to any detox kick.

5) Beats(Photo: Getty)

Loaded with fiber that helps the liver and gallbladder eliminate waste -- beets are great in a salad, roasted or for dessert!

What's your favorite detox food? Tell us in the comments below! Happy cleansing.

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Detoxing 101: 5 detox foods to spring clean your body

1. Avoid teflon and plastics when cooking and storing food

Like harsh cleaning supplies, non-stick compounds like Teflon, as well as plastic containers, can leach harmful endocrine disruptors into food—especially when heated. Cook with glass baking dishes, and cast iron or stainless steel pans. Keep leftovers in glass or ceramic containers in the fridge whenever possible to avoid harmful BPA, and never heat up food in a plastic container!

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2. Deep clean your mattress and bedding

It is where you sleep 8 hours a night, right? Mattresses and bedding can be a breeding ground for dust mites, moisture and allergens. Start your home detox by deep cleaning your mattress with a simple baking soda-essential oil mixture, and wash sheets, blankets, duvet covers and pillows regularly in hot water (and invest in a pillow case cover!). Consider buying sheets that are 100% organic cotton—i.e. not treated with pesticides or formaldehyde. 

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3. Green your cleaning supplies

Think getting your house clean means using harsh chemicals? Think again. Those super-strength cleaners actually do more harm than good (to your surfaces and yourself), and many have even been proven as endocrine disruptors. Tried-and-true natural cleansers like baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar are just as effective (with a little elbow grease, of course) and safer for children, pets and the environment. Bonus: they’re way cheaper, too! Get our room-by-room green cleaning guide, complete with shopping list and DIY recipes, to get you started.

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4. Clean the air with plants

Plants are the best way to clean the air inside your home. (NASA even uses them in space stations!) If your thumb isn’t exactly green, try one of these 10 fuss-free plants that clean the air. And make sure to double-check that any plants you buy are safe for pets.

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5. Make your home smell good -- the natural way

No need for fake-smelling sprays and air fresheners that clog the air with cloying, perfume-y scents and who knows what else. Simply make a homemade room spray using essential oils, try a DIY natural candle, fire up a pot simmer or an aromatic firestarter made with all-natural ingredients!

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6. Avoid dry cleaning and harsh laundry products

When you drop things off at the dry cleaner or use a super-strength stain remover on the kids’ clothes, it’s easy to forget that those chemicals are going to be sitting on your bodies (even if in a diluted form) when you wear the clothes again. Of course there are some garments that need special care, but try to use dry cleaning sparingly. For everyday laundry and stains, consult our guide to natural DIY laundry products, including homemade detergent, stain remover and dryer sheets.

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7. Don't forget floors

Not wearing shoes in the house is the best way to keep outdoor toxins and chemicals off your floors. If you have kids and pets crawling and playing on your floors (and let’s be honest, probably eating off of them), make sure to not only keep them clean, but chemical-free. Orange oil and vinegar is great for disinfecting hard surfaces, and hydrogen peroxide works wonders on carpet stains.

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8. Ditch Dust

Dusting isn’t just for when company is coming over! Keeping the ceiling fan and other “out of sight, out of mind” surfaces free of dust prevents it from circulating in the air, which can aggravate allergies. Try using orphaned socks!

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9. Make your own substitutes for overrated commercial antibacterial products 

Commercial chemical-based antibacterial products are quickly falling out of favor (even with the FDA) for being ineffective, increasing bacteria’s resistance to them, and disrupting hormones. They can even be harmful to nursing babies. There are plenty of products in nature—including tea tree, hydrogen peroxide, oregano, honey and lemon oil, peppermint oil and vinegar—that provide antibacterial benefits without the unsafe side effects. Try making some naturally antibacterial bathroom cleaners (including hand soap) and disinfectant surface wipes.

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10. Reduce pesticides

Use vinegar as a natural weed killer for plants and gardens. Try to buy organic fruits and veggies whenever possible (or at least these ones, which rank highest in pesticide levels) and use an all-natural fruit and veggie wash for fresh produce when you prep meals.

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