Body Cleanse and Detox - 15 Top Fruits [Infographic]

Body Cleanse and Detox - 15 Top Fruits
Infographic from Fitness Republic
The Body's Natural Ability to Detox

The human body has detoxification pathways which work to get rid of harmful chemicals, heavy metals and other substances that we ingest, breathe in or absorb from food, water, cleaning and personal care products, cosmetics and other items in our environment.

We sometimes forget that detoxification is an ongoing process.  That is, the body is busy detoxifying every day.

In order to effectively neutralize, break down and eliminate toxins, the body requires a sufficient amount of clean water, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and other micronutrients including the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D and E, copper, zinc, selenium and iron.

Many of the nutrients required for detoxification are "essential" - i.e., the body cannot synthesize them on its own either at all or to an adequate amount and must be obtained from dietary sources.

Hence, it is easy to see how our diet choices help or hurt our body's natural ability to detoxify.

Fruits for Cleansing and Detoxing

Certain fruits (as well as certain vegetables, herbs and spices) have a high water and fiber content and are rich in the various nutrients that are required by the body for cleansing and detoxification.

Although there are times when following a detox or cleanse protocol may be indicated, many holistic health professionals recommend including more fruits and vegetables in the diet every day to support the body's daily detoxification processes.

Infographic

This infographic lists and briefly describes 15 fruits that are thought to be particularly helpful in supporting natural detoxification:

✔ Lemons
✔ Watermelon
✔ Blueberries
✔ Pomegranate
✔ Apples
✔ Avocados
✔ Grapefruit
✔ Cranberries
✔ Figs
✔ Kiwi
✔ Papaya
✔ Cucumber
✔ Goji Berries
✔ Pineapple
✔ Strawberries

The amount of fruit you should be eating every day depends on your age, sex, level of physical activity, health or medical condition, and other factors.

To learn more about current dietary guidelines and recommendations for fruit, including what constitutes a serving, visit Choose My Plate - All About the Fruit Group.

Infographic Source

This infographic is from Fitness Republic.  To read more about this subject, please go to 20 Fruits for Body Cleansing (Fitness Republic).

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