Top 20 Cleansing Fruits


Top 20 Cleansing Fruits

Apr 6, 2015 //

Looking for a full body detox?  These 20 fruits are super foods that can help you to detox and cleanse your body naturally without going on a crazy diet. Think of this fruit detox as a full body cleanse. By cutting down on processed foods and amping up the amount of fruits you consume, you can take your diet from polluted to clean in no time.

1. Lemons

What could be simpler than adding a slice or two of lemon to your glass of water or cup of hot tea? Lemons can also easily be added to sauces, salad dressing, marinades and desserts. The vitamin C in lemons not only puts up a fight against free radicals, it also helps to form collagen, which can leave your skin radiant. Pair it with iron-rich foods like spinach or chickpeas and you’ll also maximize your body’s ability to absorb iron.

2. Goji Berries

Protect your eyes by eating goji berries, which contain zeaxanthin and lutein. Studies have shown that high levels of these two antioxidants are linked to better vision and a decreased risk for cataracts and macular degeneration. Goji berries are typically sold either dried or in juices.

3. Watermelon

Watermelon contains vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as potassium. That means that consuming it can help you boost immunity, fight off diseases, and protect your body from harmful free radicals.  Try this recipe for a detox drink that combines watermelon, lime and mint.

4. Blueberries

It would be difficult to find a food more healing than blueberries. Among its many health benefits, blueberries may help to ward off urinary-tract infections. This is thanks to a compound that prevents bacteria from sticking to bladder walls.

5. Pomegranates

In addition to being a good source of antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, pomegranates are a great source of fiber. Start your morning off right with this shake recipe.

6. Apples

A medium-sized apple contains 17 percent of the fiber you need daily. This is important for controlling blood sugar as well as regulating colon health. An apple a day really may keep the doctor away.

7. Grapes

The ingredients in grapes – vitamins A, C and B6, as well as folate, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium – are practically magical. Think of them as a line of defense against constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration and cataracts.

8. Avocados

A great source of healthy fats, avocados also include 20 different vitamins and minerals. The biotin in avocados helps to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Avocados contain even more potassium than bananas, so eat up!

9. Grapefruit

Forget the silly grapefruit diet – no food is healthy enough on its own to base an entire diet around it. As super foods go though, grapefruit is up there. This is in part due to its red color – the redder your fruit, the more antioxidants it contains.

10. Strawberries

Think of the vitamin C in strawberries as not only a natural immunity booster, but also a vital ingredient in the production of collagen. Collagen is what will help your skin stay elastic and resilient.

11. Kiwi

If you want to eat a food that helps with digestion, keeps your blood pressure in check, protects you from DNA damage, boosts your immunity, helps fight against heart disease, and can regulate your blood sugar, then you want to eat kiwi. Pump up the flavor of your water with this strawberry kiwi recipe.

12. Figs

If you’re trying to lower your blood pressure, think about adding potassium-packed figs to your diet. Figs are also one of the best fruit sources for calcium. Eat a serving (six figs) and get almost as much calcium as you would drinking half a cup of fat-free milk.

13. Blackberries

Reach for marionberries, boysenberries, loganberries or other blackberries if you want to encounter one of the highest antioxidant levels of regularly tested fruit. Blackberries are also high in gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid, which have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

14. Papaya

Papayas contain 212 amino acids and several enzymes – including papain, which helps proteins digest quickly and helps to prevent acid reflux. Papayas also include vitamins C, B6, B1, riboflavin and thiamin to help your body to metabolize.

15. Guava

Guavas are a low-sugar fruit with only 4.7 grams of sugar per serving. Guava is also high in roughage and rich in proteins and nutrients, making it an ideal addition to a diet plan. Guava is thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and is also being tested for having a similar effect on breast cancer.

16. Cucumber

The high water content in cucumbers can aid in hydration. Cucumbers also contain lignans, which have been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Try this recipe for refreshing lemon and cucumber water.

17. Pineapple

Did you know that pineapple fruit is made up of individual berries fused together? Pineapples are high in vitamin C and manganese, which are crucial for antioxidant defenses. High levels of thiamin and vitamin B also aid in energy production.

18. Oranges

Orange and yellow foods contain carotenoids that help with vision, digestive and urinary health, and immunity. Orange zest is also a good source of limonene, which helps to keep lungs healthy and may prevent cancer.

19. Pears

100 calories a serving and full of fiber, eating a pear will leave you feeling full and satisfied. For a drink that’s full of flavor and light on sugar, try this ginger-pear-water infusion.

20. Bananas

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a classic fruit like a banana. Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin – so eating bananas just might put you in a happier mood. A banana is also rich in pectin, which helps with digestion.



Kristen Forbes

Kristen Forbes is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon who enjoys hiking, running, vegetarian food, and intuitive eating. She is always on the lookout for innovative recipes, fun workouts, and new ideas for taking care of her body and mind.

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