Detox Diets

Get the scoop on detox diets. Plus, a healthy detox shopping list to get you started.

Foods to include:

  1. Fresh, dried fruits and fruit juices including apples, bananas, oranges, pears, cranberries, grapefruit, mangoes, strawberries, mangoes and peaches. If you purchase pre-packed fruit juices, make sure they're labelled 'unsweetened'.

  2. Vegetables, beans and lentils. Fresh, frozen or canned, take your pick from cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, kidney beans, navy beans, red lentils, green lentils. Toss them in a bowl, mix in olive oil, flax oil or balsamic or wine vinegar for an appetitizing salad dish.

  3. Oats and brown rice. These high-fiber foods aid bowel movement and will help you flush out toxins naturally.

  4. Unsalted nuts and seeds such as almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachio, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. But skip the salted ones as their high sodium content can lead to water retention and bloating.

  5. Poultry and seafood. Eat poultry such as skinless chicken and turkey as well as any seafood including cod, mackerel, prawns, crab, salmon and tuna.

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