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Parasite Cleanse Diet : Best Herbs & Foods That Kill Parasites

Parasite Cleanse Herbs

The parasite cleanse diet plays a key role in the parasite cleanse; you want to choose the best foods that kill parasites, and also avoid problematic foods known to feed parasites or weaken your immune system.

Special consideration was given in the plan to both effectiveness and safety,  in order to avoid potential parasite cleanse side effects.

Parasite Cleanse Diet Plan

  1. Avoid foods known to feed parasites. See: foods to avoid.
  2. Eat foods that kill parasites: See: foods to eat.
  3. Take herbs that kill parasites to improve results. See: herbs.
  4. For ideas how to make parasite cleanse diet recipes, see: recipes.

Parasite Cleanse Diet : Foods To Avoid

To get the most out of your parasite cleanse, it is best to avoid certain foods that are known to feed parasites or weaken your immune system. Especially processed foods, foods that are high in carbs, fried foods, and sugary beverages.

We also recommend to limit gluten, wheat, dairy, and alcohol as much as possible, as these can also feed parasites in some cases. You may also want to watch for digestive issues and sensitivity to different foods you may eat, as these may weaken your immune system. If you suspect you have sensitivity to a certain food, eliminate it from your diet for a few days and see if it helps.

Most people do very well on a balanced medium protein, medium fat, medium carb diet. Unless you are also dealing with a candida infection, there is usually no need to drastically lower your carbs.

Foods That Kill Parasites

Based on our experience, what works for most people is to eat a clean, whole food based diet. Raw fresh fruits and vegetables play a key role in the parasite cleanse, as they are high in insoluble fiber that helps to promote healthy digestion and bowel movements. Think about insoluble fiber as rough brooms inside your colon that grabs accumulated waste, toxins and dead parasites on their way out.

Certain foods do have unique components in them that can kill different types of parasites and pathogens.

The list of foods that kill parasites is very long, although in many cases, the studies used extracts from these foods in a supplement form, and not the entire food. For this reason, in the list of foods below, we focused on the most potent anti parasitic foods.

If you make the effort and combine some of these foods as a part of your parasite cleanse diet, you rather want to choose the ones that have strong evidence on their effectiveness and safety.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds parasite cleanse diet

A chinese study used a combination of pumpkin seed and areca nut extract to treat the taeniasis tapeworm infections. The study found that 91 people out of 115 suspected taeniasis cases, were able to release whole tapeworms [1].

Another Brazilian study found pumpkin seeds as an effective way to treat helminths parasitic worms infection [2].

Pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious, especially in protein and essential minerals. When you eat just 2 oz of pumpkin seeds, you get your recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of:

  • 17 grams protein.
  • 63% iron.
  • 80% magnesium.
  • 40% zinc.

For this reason, we believe raw pumpkin seeds are one of the best foods that kill parasites you can eat. The combination of their overall nutritional profile, antiparasitic properties, flavor, and ease of use, make them a great fit for the parasite cleanse diet, or an ongoing basis.

Papaya Seeds

Papaya Seeds parasite cleanse diet

Papaya seeds have a long history of traditional use to treat parasites, and is one of the most known home remedies for various of parasitic infections.

Research data was also able to validate this use as well. A nigerian study had children with intestinal parasites infections take papaya seeds and honey, or honey alone, for 7 days. The study found that [3]:

77% of the children that received the papaya seeds and honey, had no signs of parasites in their stool. In comparison, only 17% of the children that received honey alone were able to recover from the parasitic infection

Additional studies also supported the potential of papaya seeds to treat parasitic infections. Papaya seeds demonstrated effectiveness against hymenolepis nana, one of the most common tapeworm infection worldwide [4], as well as against hymenolepis diminuta rat tapeworm [5].

Garlic

Garlic parasite cleanse diet

Also known as nature’s antibiotic, garlic has a long history of traditional use to treat various conditions including parasitic infestation [6].

Research data also supports this traditional use. Allicin, the active component of garlic, demonstrated strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties in multiple studies [7,8].

It is important to know how to use garlic for parasites. According to research, fresh raw garlic is more potent than cooked or boiled garlic [9], and is higher in bioactive components [10]. Allicin becomes available when you cut, crush or chew the garlic, but is highly unstable, and may change quickly [11]. For this reason, we recommend to consume the garlic shortly after you crush it.

Turmeric

Turmeric parasite cleanse diet

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric demonstrated antiparasitic activity against Schistosoma mansoni, a blood fluke water borne parasite in humans. The researchers believe that Curcumin has the ability to disrupt the mating of the worms, hence, reduce the infection [12, 13].

The research data also suggests that Curcumin may be effective against plasmodium falciparum human parasite, which is one of the deadliest species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans [14].

The main challenge with turmeric, is poor bioavailability due to low absorption in the body. There are several natural components that can increase the bioavailability of turmeric, especially: black pepper and certain fats.

These have been applied for centuries as a part of the traditional use of turmeric. The research data was also able to validate these combinations. Interestingly, some of these ingredients that improve the bioavailability of turmeric, have also antiparasitic properties.

We’ll cover these next: black pepper, olive oil, and coconut oil.

Black Pepper – King of Spices

black pepper parasite cleanse diet

Black pepper, also known as the “King of Spices” has a very long history of traditional use as food (spice) and medicine.

Piperine, the major active component in black pepper, is known for its ability to enhance the bioavailability curcumin along with other herbs and spices. This combination has a long traditional use that is also backed up by science. According to one study, piperine increased the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. [15].

Another reason you may want to consider to add black pepper to the parasite cleanse diet, is its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The research data suggests that certain compounds in black pepper have the ability to kill pathogens bacteria, destroy the bacteria cell wall integrity, alter the permeability of cell membrane, and inhibit the activity of intracellular enzymes [16].

Olive Oil

olive oil parasite cleanse diet

With thousands of years of traditional use as food and medicine, olive oil is well known for its remarkable nutritional value and health benefits [17].

Parasite cleansing wise, the research data does suggest that olive oil have natural antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties. In multiple studies, olive oil demonstrated antimicrobial activity against different types of bacteria, viruses, and other human infections. The researchers believe that different constituents of olive can slow down the growth of various types of bacteria and fungi [18].

Olive oil also combines very well with turmeric and black pepper. This combination can improve the bioavailability of turmeric, and may also increase the overall effectiveness against parasites. It also improves the overall taste.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil parasite cleanse diet

Virgin coconut oil demonstrated strong antifungal activity against candida albicans, a well known fungal parasite in humans [19, 20]. The researchers identified that the naturally occuring capric and lauric medium-chain fatty acids in coconut can kill candida albicans very effectively [21], and also inhibit the growth of clostridium difficile bacteria [22].

Another study added coconut flakes and onions to the diet of horses and sheep that were infected by parasites. The researchers reported that: “feeding for 10 days led either to the full disappearance of the previously existing worm load or at least to an enormous reduction” [23].

Combing coconut oil or coconut milk with turmeric, is another effective way to improve the bioavailability of turmeric. We specifically use this strategy as a part of our lung cleansing golden milk tea (see recipe).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar parasite cleanse diet

Vinegar has a long history of traditional use as a medicine to fight parasitic infections in humans. Historical records report that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used apple cider vinegar with honey to treat infections.

Modern science was able to validate this use and the antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties of vinegar [24].

Specifically to apple cider vinegar, one study evaluated its antibacterial and antifungal activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. According to the study [25]:

Apple cider vinegar demonstrated multiple antimicrobial potential with clinical therapeutic implications. ACV was able to destroy the structural proteins and metabolic enzymes of the pathogens tested.

Apple cider vinegar is a very popular ingredient you can find in many home remedies for parasites. If you are looking for parasite cleanse diet recipes that use apple cider vinegar, you may want to see our:

Ginger

ginger parasite cleanse diet

Ginger is a well known home remedy for parasites in humans. According to research data, ginger demonstrated significant antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal activity against different types of human pathogens, including Streptococcus mutans, Candida albicans, Enterococcus faecalis [26], E coli, Salmonella typhi and Bacillus subtilis [27].

Similar to turmeric, another study also found ginger as effective against S. mansoni [28].

Cinnamon

Cinnamon parasite cleanse diet

Cinnamon is another natural spice that has a long history of traditional use to treat various infections.

The research data also supports the antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties of cinnamon. Multiple studies suggested that cinnamon may be effective against different types of pathogens, including MRSA bacteria, streptococcus mutans, mycoplasma hominis, and others [29].

Additional evidence suggests that the combination of cinnamon and ginger extracts may offer a natural alternative therapeutic agents to treat the Giardia lamblia human parasite [30]. Giardia lamblia is a known human parasite which is a common cause of diarrhea in humans throughout the world [31].

Additional Foods That Kill Parasites

Cruciferous Vegetables parasite cleanse diet

In the list of foods that kill parasites above, we covered the most common foods that have the strongest evidence of effectiveness, safety, and ease of use.

There are of course many other options of foods that kill parasites. While the evidence may not be as strong, these are still healthy foods you may want to add into your diet.

Vegetables, such as carrot,cruciferous vegetables, brassicas, onions and berries have had widespread use against parasites in nordic countries [32].

We get many questions on the use of pineapple for parasites. Bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapple, demonstrated antimicrobial properties in multiple studies against different types of pathogens [33]. Since the majority of the studies used Bromelain and not pineapple, it is unclear how effective eating or drinking pineapple would be for parasites.

Herbs That Kill Parasites

There are a number of unique herbs known to kill parasites that can further improve the parasite cleanse due to potent antiparasitic properties in them.

One of the most common combination of antiparasitic herbs, is the wormwood – black walnut – clove combination:

Wormwood

Wormwood parasite cleanse diet

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is well known for its ability to kill different types of roundworms and tapeworms. One study that evaluated the effectiveness of wormwood to treat Hymenolepis nana dwarf tapeworm infection, found it to be highly effective. According to the researchers [34]:

Wormwood was able to induce worm paralysis, death and ultrastructural alterations, and destroy vital organs and eggs of the worm.

Another study was able to confirm wormwood effectiveness against roundworms. According to the findings, wormwood was able to cause paralysis and death of the worms [35].

Black Walnut

Juglans Nigra Black walnut parasite cleanse diet

Black walnut (Juglans nigra) is well known for its ability to kill different parasites, bacteria, fungus and other pathogens [36]. According to the research data, black walnut contains six different antibacterial bioactive compounds [37] that are responsible for antimicrobial activity.

Clove

clove parasite cleanse diet

Clove is widely known for its ability to inhibit parasite eggs and larvae in the body, which is essential in order to disrupt the parasite life cycle.

Research data suggests clove as one of the potent antimicrobial ingredient among other spices. Clove demonstrated potent antimicrobial activities against several bacteria and fungal strains in multiple studies [38]. The researchers believe that the antimicrobial activity of clove is attributable to eugenol, oleic acids and lipids found in its essential oils [39].

Parasite Cleanse Supplements

Many parasite cleanse supplements contain aggressive antiparasitic herbs with very little evidence on their effectiveness and safety. For this reason, always get your herbs for parasites from a trusted source.  So you get the best results without the negative adverse side effects.

This is usually the main reason behind the parasite cleanse side effects people report. Safety should always come first.

A good example of a safe and effective of an herbal antiparasitic complex we use in our parasite cleanse protocol, is Dr. Group’s Paratrex

Parasite Cleanse Diet Herbs That Kill Parasites.

  • Ingredients: black walnut, wormwood, clove, epazote, diatomaceous earth, neem, fulvic acid.
  • Directions: take 3 capsules 20 minutes before breakfast and 20 minutes before lunch during the parasite cleanse. If you have never used Paratrex before, start with 1 capsule twice a day and gradually increase each day.

Parasite Cleanse Diet Recipes

As you can see from the list of foods that kill parasites, there are many healthy options to make parasite cleanse diet recipes.  Here are a few popular recipes for the parasite cleanse diet:

Parasite Cleanse Salad Dressing

Parasite Cleanse Diet Recipes Salad Dressing

The parasite cleanse salad dressing is probably one of the best home remedies for parasites you can make, that also tastes really good. Most of our members like to use it as is, or add their favorite herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, thyme and others.
See the complete recipe.

Parasite Cleanse Drink

Parasite Cleanse Diet Recipes Drink

Since we published the parasite cleanse drink recipe several years ago, it has become one of our most popular home remedies. Many of our members like to drink it as a part of their parasite cleanse diet and also by itself.
See the complete recipe.

Detox Salad Colon Cleanse Recipe

Parasite Cleanse Diet Recipes Salad

The detox salad recipe was developed after many years of research, testing and collaboration with our partners. This recipe uses many potent foods that kill parasites, and is also very rich in insoluble fiber to promote healthy digestion and bowel movements. These are are essential during the parasite cleanse. To further boost its effectiveness, add 2 oz of pumpkin seeds.
See the complete recipe.

Cauliflower Rice Detox Meal Recipe

Cauliflower Rice Cleanse Meal parasite cleanse diet recipes

The cauliflower rice detox meal is one of our our most popular parasite cleanse diet recipes. Its ability to effectively cleanse, detox, its superior nutrition profile and flavor, make many of our members also use it on an ongoing basis.

Similar to our recommendation for the detox salad recipe, to further boost its effectiveness, add 2 oz of pumpkin seeds.
See the complete recipe.

Best Foods For Lung Health – Evidence Based Cleansing

Foods For Lung Health

As a part of our natural lung cleanse protocol, we highly recommend to consider the food you choose; you want to choose the best foods for lung health, and also avoid foods that are bad for lungs.

When it comes to foods for lung function and respiratory health, the research data is quite remarkable. Certain foods have the ability to naturally cleanse, detox and clean your lungs. The diet you eat can improve your breathing, repair and heal lung damage, and decrease your risk to develop lung disease.

In this post, we focused on common foods for lung health you can easily get in your local store. You don’t have to eat all of them of course. It is best to choose the ones you enjoy the most that agree with your body and taste buds.

Foods For Lung Health In This Post

Best Foods For Lung Health

Here are the best foods for lung health:

Apples

apples foods for lung health

Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are well known for their many health benefits.

Multiple studies suggest that quercetin, a major flavonoid in apples may play a key role in lungs and respiratory health. According to the evidence, quercetin has the ability to relieve asthma symptoms [1], and can also suppress growth of lung cancer cells [2,3].

Additional studies have specifically linked apple consumption with a reduced risk for asthma, lung cancer and better lung function [4]. One Australian study that observed the dietary habits of 1600 adults, found that those who consumed apples and pears had lower risk of asthma and bronchial hypersensitivity. The researchers didn’t see this connection with other fruits and vegetables [5]. For this reason, many experts consider apples as the best foods for lung health.

Berries

Berries foods for lung health

Anthocyanins, the blue, red, or purple pigments of berries, are well known for their health benefits. According to the research data, the anthocyanins in berries may benefit cardiovascular disorders, reduce oxidative stress, decrease inflammatory responses, improve neuronal and cognitive brain functions, and protect DNA integrity [6].

The benefits of berries don’t stop here. One study evaluated the connection between the food choices of 839 participants to their lung function. The study found that the participants that consumed more anthocyanins, showed less age-related decline in their lung function [7].

Other studies also supported these findings. The research data suggests that anthocyanins have a positive effect on lung health, with a natural ability to inhibit airway inflammation, prevent the risk to develop asthma [8], and suppress growth of some types of lung cancer. [9].

Pomegranate

Pomegranate foods for lung health

Pomegranate has a long history of traditional use as food and medicine, with many of its potential health benefits supported by modern science. A large number of studies found that pomegranate can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities [10].

Specifically to lung health, research data suggests that pomegranate may offer an effective natural alternative to prevent and treat lung cancer [11]. Animal studies found that pomegranate juice can decrease the incidence of lung cancer, secondary to cigarette smoke, and may also prevent the formation of lung nodules. [12, 13]. Additional studies also concluded that the antioxidant activity of pomegranate juice was able to reduce acute lung injury [14].

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables foods for lung health

Cruciferous vegetables contain unique nutrients and  phytochemicals that are suggested by the medical community to induce detoxification, stimulate the immune system and prevent oxidative stress. [15].

Specifically to lung cleansing, multiple studies report a connection between cruciferous vegetables intake and lung cancer risk. People who eat more  cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk to develop lung cancer. Furthermore, according to one study, this protective effect may also include people who smoke. [16].

Kale

Kale foods for lung health

As you can see above, the scientific community considers cruciferous vegetables among the best foods for lung health. Many people, however, still don’t enjoy the way cruciferous vegetables taste.

One easy way to still get cruciferous vegetables into your diet, is to make juices or smoothies recipes. Out of the cruciferous vegetables, we find Kale as the best fit for juices and recipes.

A good example is our lung cleansing juice recipe, which does include kale.

Carrots

carrots Foods For Lung Health

A famous study (the Nurses’ Health Study) investigated the relation between cigarette smoking, dietary habits and lung cancer incidence among women for 16 years. The study found that women who ate five or more carrots per week had a lower risk, compared to women who never ate carrots [17].

From a nutritional perspective, carrots are one of the best food sources of vitamin A. One medium carrot provides over 300% of the daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA). For this reason, many nutrition experts recommend to eat at least one carrot a day.

Pineapple

Pineapple Foods For Lung Health

Perhaps one of the best foods for lung health, pineapple has been used as part of traditional folk medicine since ancient times. Bromelain, enzyme found in pineapple, is well known for its natural ability to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Multiple studies found that bromelain was able to reduce lung inflammation, decrease airway sensitivity to irritants, and improve sinus infection. A study that had sinusitis patients take bromelain, concluded that bromelain was able to resolve their breathing difficulties and inflammation. [18].

Raw Garlic

Garlic Foods For Lung Health

Multiple studies all over the world continually report the benefits of garlic use in order to treat several lung diseases, including common cold, bronchitis, tuberculosis, inflammatory disorders of the lungs and others [19].

A study that had chronic smokers consume 4 grams of raw garlic (2 cloves) per day, found that garlic significantly improved their lung function (Pulmonary function tests). The researchers noted that [20]:

Garlic may improve the clearance of mucus from the airways, hence can help relax the airways, and improve airflow into the lungs.

A chinese study that evaluated 1,424 lung cancer patients and 4,543 healthy individuals, found that those who ate raw garlic 2 times or more per week, had lower risk to develop lung cancer. For this reason, the study concluded that garlic may serve as a chemopreventive agent for lung cancer [21].

Ginger

ginger Foods For Lung Health

Ginger has a long history of traditional use as a natural remedy to treat respiratory illnesses. Modern science was able to validate the traditional use of ginger in respiratory disorders and suggests that ginger can reduce allergic airway inflammation [22].

The research data also found that certain active components of ginger have a natural ability to suppress allergic reactions, and therefore may help to treat and prevent allergic diseases. [23].

Additional studies proposed ginger as a possible therapeutic application in allergic asthma. According to the data, [6]-gingerol, a major constituent of ginger, can prevent immune responses that lead to airway inflammation. [24].

Some research data also suggests that 6-Shogaol, an active constituent of ginger, may be useful as a chemopreventive agent against certain types of lung cancer. [25].

Turmeric

Turmeric Foods For Lung Health

Dating back nearly 4000 years ago, turmeric also has a very long history of medicinal use. Ayurvedic medicine practitioners often use turmeric to treat various respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchial hyperreactivity, runny nose, cough, and sinusitis [26].

Most of the benefits and medicinal use of turmeric, are due to its natural anti-inflammatory activity. One study found that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, improved the airway obstruction in patients of Bronchial Asthma. For this reason, the study suggested that curcumin may offer an effective and safe natural add-on therapy to treat bronchial asthma.[27].

Additional evidence, suggested that curcumin might also alleviate airway inflammation in asthma [28], and may be helpful to prevent the development and deterioration of the allergic airway inflammation [29].
Animals studies also suggested that curcumin may also have anti-tumor effects in lung cancer [30].

Honey

Honey Foods For Lung Health

Honey is commonly used in folk medicine as a natural way to treat airway inflammation, cough, reduce and prevent asthma related symptoms. [31].

According to research data, a single dose of honey can help to reduce mucus secretion and reduce cough in children. Further studies also suggested that honey may help to relieve inflammation and irritation in men as well [32].

Consuming raw local honey is a well known home remedy for seasonal allergies many people swear by. The evidence on this topic, however, may not be as strong since most studies didn’t use local and raw honey. One study was able to show that honey can improve the symptoms of seasonal allergies (allergic, hay fever) [33].

Fiber

A few studies found a link between low fiber intake to reduced measures of lung function. The researchers believe that a diet rich in fiber-containing foods may play a role in improving lung health. [34].

One study investigated this connection and observed the eating habits of 11,897 US participants. The findings of the study also confirmed that dietary fiber is independently associated with better lung function. Furthermore, the findings also suggest that enough fiber intake may also reduce the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). [35].

For this reason, and also for general health, we highly recommend to meet your daily fiber requirements. Not surprisingly, all the best foods for lung health are also high in fiber.

Best Detoxing Foods For The Liver : Evidence Based Cleansing

Liver cleansing foods

The liver cleanse diet plays a key role in the liver detox plan; you want to choose the best detoxing foods for the liver, and also avoid foods that are bad for liver.

In this post, we focused on the most common detoxing foods for the liver you can easily get in your local store. You don’t have to eat all of them of course. It is best to choose the ones you enjoy the most that agree with your body and taste buds.

Detoxing Foods For The Liver

Apples

apples detoxing foods for the liver

First on the list of the detoxing foods for the liver are apples. Well known for their many health benefits, and more specifically, liver and gallbladder health, apples play a key role in almost any natural liver detox and gallbladder cleanse plan.

The research data suggests that cloudy apple juice (juice with the pulp) can regulate various liver enzymes, and therefore may protect the liver from damage [1].

If you consider making apple juice as a part of your liver cleanse and wonder if cloudy apple juice is better than clear or pure juice, A pulish study may found the answer. According to research, it is four times better. According to the study, cloudy apple juice contains four times more the concentration of polyphenols than the clear juice [2].

For this reason, you may want to keep the pulp when you make the apple juice.

More on apple juice and liver cleansing. In his best-selling book, The Amazing
Liver Cleanse, Andreas Moritz recommended to drink apple juice daily during the liver cleanse. According to Andreas:

Malic acid in apple juice does exceptionally well in dissolving
some of the stagnant bile and making the stones softer…The malic acid in the apple juice softens the gallstones and makes their passage through the bile ducts easy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar detoxing foods for the liver

Another great way to enjoy the liver health benefits of apples is to drink raw apple cider vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) is well known for its natural ability to cleanse, detox and flush out toxins. For this reason, you can find ACV in most liver detox drink.

The research data also supports the liver cleansing benefits of apple cider vinegar. One study evaluated the effect of apple cider vinegar on mice that were fed with a high cholesterol diet. The results suggest that apple cider vinegar was able to protect the kidneys and liver from an oxidative injury [3].

Another study also supported these findings, and suggested that apple cider vinegar was able to regulate lipid metabolism and decrease liver damage in rats that were fed with a high fat diet [4].

Does apple cider vinegar work better than apple juice to cleanse and detox the liver? Both have their own benefits, one doesn’t come instead of the other.

Olive Oil

olive oil detoxing foods for the liver

Extra virgin olive oil has a very long history of traditional use as both food and medicine. According to the medical literature, olive oil presents several protective effects on the liver. The data suggest that olive oil can reduce fatty liver disease,  prevent liver cells injury, and reduce lipid peroxidation [5].

To get the most health benefits of olive oil, it is best to consume extra virgin olive oil, on its raw state. Olive oil has a relatively low burning point and is not a good option for cooking or frying.

Lemon

lemon detoxing foods for the liver

There are many reasons to include lemon or lime juice in your liver cleansing juice. The first reason, is that lemon juice can enhance the body’s overall ability to detox and cleanse. Naturally, safely and effectively.

As for the liver cleansing benefits of lemon juice, the research suggests that lemon juice can regulate elevated levels of serum ALT and AST liver enzymes as well as triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver [6].

Turmeric

Turmeric detoxing foods for the liver

Turmeric is one of the most known detoxing foods for the liver, that comes with a very long history of traditional use and published studies.

Since 1900 bc, turmeric was known to benefit a variety of diseases, including liver disorders. Curcumin, the main active compound of turmeric, has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and anticancer activities. [7].

A study that compared curcumin to placebo, found that curcumin reduced liver fat content by 78.9% (vs 27.5% improvement in the placebo group).  Curcumin was also able to regulate elevated liver enzymes, improve cholesterol profile and triglycerides, along with additional benefits the researchers were able to capture. [8].

A common issue with turmeric is its poor bioavailability in the body. A known traditional remedy to address this, is to consume turmeric with black pepper. According to research, piperine, the major active component of black pepper can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000% [9].

Beetroot

beet detoxing foods for the liver

Beetroot is a rich source of a class of antioxidants known as betalains. According to research, beetroot may have a protective effect against oxidative damage to the liver [10].

The health benefits of beetroot don’t stop here. Other studies suggest that beetroot can help to reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and promote healthy circulation and blood flow [11].

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables detoxing foods for the liver

The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables are well known and supported by many studies. Cruciferous vegetables contain unique nutrients and  phytochemicals that are suggested by the medical community to induce detoxification, stimulate the immune system and prevent oxidative stress. [12].

Common cruciferous vegetables include: cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts.

What Are The Best Cruciferous Vegetables To Cleanse The Liver?

The evidence we are aware of doesn’t highlight a specific cruciferous vegetable that is superior to others. For this, we recommended to rotate your vegetables according to their availability (local, in season), and always eat the ones you enjoy the most.

If you like broccoli…one study suggested that eating whole broccoli can help to lessen the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver and liver cancer. [13].

Greens

spinach detoxing foods for the liver

Not surprisingly, the research data also supports the liver health promoting benefits of leafy greens. Most findings show that leafy greens can benefit liver health and modulate fatty acid composition in the liver [14].

Spinach, which is a known detoxing food for the liver, showed in research potent antioxidant that was able to improve liver function, and even decrease liver damage done by oxidative stress [15].

Asparagus

Asparagus detoxing foods for the liver

Another superstar on the list of the detoxing foods for the liver is Asparagus. According to the evidence, Asparagus may help to protect the liver cells against toxic insults, liver injury, and alleviate alcohol hangovers [16, 17].

Nuts & Walnuts

Walnut detoxing foods for the liver

The health benefits of nuts go above and beyond liver health. A very large number of studies suggest that human populations who consume nuts as a part of their diet were more healthy. Specifically to liver health, nuts were able to improve lipid profile, inflammation and the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. [18].

Which Nuts Are The Best detoxing foods for the liver?

Compared with other nuts, walnuts have higher omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids content (47%) and the highest level of antioxidant polyphenols. Some evidence suggests that walnut consumption may help to protect from the development of Type 2 diabetes better than other nuts. [19].

From the perspective of detoxing foods for the liver, however, we strongly recommended not to limit your nut consumption to just walnuts. Different nuts contain different nutrients and as such may offer different health benefits.

Some nuts are exceptionally good sources of unique nutrients that may not be as easy to get from other food sources. A good example is Brazil nuts and selenium.

Brazil nuts

Brazil Nuts detoxing foods for the liver

just one brazil nut (5 gram) provides 165% of the daily values of selenium. Many people who keep buying selenium supplements may want to consider Brazil nuts as another option.

Selenium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in many critical functions in the body. The research suggests that selenium is needed for reproduction and DNA production, supports healthy thyroid function, and may also protect the body from damage caused by free radicals or from infection [20].

Some evidence suggests that selenium can help to protect against dietary liver necrosis [21].

Avocado

Avocado detoxing foods for the liver

The research data on the health benefits of avocado seems endless at times. The evidence suggests that avocados benefit the heart, protect against UV damage in skin and eyes, and show anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-microbial, and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Not surprisingly, the addition of avocado and olive oil to the diet is often linked to weight loss and improved liver tests [22]. Animal studies further supported the liver benefits of avocado. Avocado showed “extraordinarily potent liver injury suppressing activity” when the researchers compared it to 22 different fruits. [23].

Blueberries

Blueberries detoxing foods for the liver

Healthy fruits wise, no list will ever be completed without the berries.

Specially to blueberries and liver, one study found that blueberry juice can augment antioxidative capability of the liver and alleviated liver fibrosis. [24].

These findings were also supported by other studies. The data suggests that blueberries antioxidant properties were able to decrease the development of hepatic cirrhosis. (Chronic liver damage that include scarring and liver failure) [25].

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil detoxing foods for the liver

Most people are surprised to see coconut oil in the list of detoxing foods for the liver. While other foods definitely have more evidence on their liver health benefits, the research data also support coconut oil. Something to consider if you enjoy consuming coconut oil as a part of your diet.

Animal studies showed that virgin coconut oil was able to reverse  nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, restore redox homeostasis and lipid metabolism in male Wistar rats. [26].

Another study found that virgin coconut oil significantly modulated elevated liver enzymes and regulated other biomarkers related to kidney function. [27].

Tip: coconut oil is very a very stable oil even in high heat. For this reason, it is one of the best oils to use for cooking. Much better than olive oil.

Is Garlic Good For The Liver

Garlic detoxing foods for the liver

In the natural cleansing world, garlic seems sometimes like a cure all remedy. For this reason, we always pay extra attention to new claims, and look in the medical literature for some evidence.

So if garlic a good liver cleansing food?

The research data suggests that garlic can protect the liver from damage and scarring in alcoholic liver fibrosis. Garlic was able to modulate lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress [28].

On the other hand, other evidence suggests that high dosage of garlic has the potential ability to cause liver damage. The safe dose the researchers suggested is (0.1 or 0.25 g / kg body weight/day) are safe doses of garlic [29].

Let’s take the 0.1 to be on the safe side. For a 200 pounds male or female, the safe daily dosage of garlic is 9 grams, 3 cloves of garlic.

Our recommendation: if you like garlic, keep enjoying it. Just watch the serving size and take breaks. If however, you are not a big fan of garlic, we do not see a compelling reason to start eating it just for the purpose of liver cleansing.

Is Ginger Good For Detoxing The Liver?

ginger detoxing foods for the liver

There are many reasons you may want to include ginger in your list of detoxing foods for the liver. The research data suggests that ginger can improve liver enzymes profile and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [30].

Another study further supported these findings. 44 nonalcoholic fatty liver patients that took 2 grams of ginger for 12 weeks, showed improvements in certain liver enzymes, inflammation, insulin resistance and other nonalcoholic fatty liver disease characteristics [31].

Another reason you may want to include ginger as a part of your liver cleanse, is due to its natural ability to promote healthy digestion.

Ginger has a long history of use as a natural remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting. When you cleanse your liver, you want to make sure your digestion system works well so it can effectively eliminate any toxins released from the liver during the cleanse.

Carrots

carrots Best Detoxing Foods For The Liver

The first reason you may want to eat carrots on a daily basis, has to do with its high vitamin A content. Just one medium carrot provides your body with 340% daily values of this important vitamin.

Unlike many supplements and multivitamins that often contain synthetic version of vitamin A, that can be toxic, when you eat carrots, you get the natural form of the vitamin, beta-Carotene.

According to research, carrots are are rich in Retinoic acid that may have a  protective effect on the liver [32]. The data suggests that carrot juice can improve liver functions that may be benefit in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [33].

Colon Cleanse : The Complete Guide Evidence Based Detox Resource Center

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Colon cleanse is the most popular type of natural cleansing, detoxification and is usually the first step in many body cleanses plans.

Before you do a colon cleanse, it is important to choose the best colon cleanse method or product that is the right one for you. Different colon cleansing options may work completely different in order to cleanse the colon. This can affect their uses and benefits, as well as their safety and side effects.

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Related protocols: gut & digestive cleanse (see protocol).

What Is A Colon Cleanse?

Colon cleanse removes accumulated waste buildup, undigested food particles and toxins from the colon, intestines and bowels. This can help the body to better digest the food you eat and may also promote overall gut health.

The connection between gut health to overall good health, immune system function and disease has been known since ancient times, and is also widely accepted by the medical and scientific community [1].

Best Colon Cleanse

Colon cleansing is also known as bowel cleanse, intestinal cleanse, colon flush, colon flush, digestive cleanse, gut cleanse, and others. A key difference between these different cleanses, is whether the cleanse affects the entire digestive tract, or just the colon (the lower part of the digestive system).

For this reason, to get the best colon cleanse impact, we highly recommend to focus on plans that flush out the entire digestive tract, such as oxygen colon cleanse. So unless you have a very specific need to address a local issue in the colon, you should check that in your colon cleansing method.

Colon Cleanse Benefits

Most of the colon cleanse benefits occur after the body starts to eliminate the accumulated waste buildup. As a result you may feel many of these benefits as you cleanse. Common benefits may include:

  • Better digestion and regular bowel movements with digestion issues such as occasional constipation, bloating, body odor and excess gas greatly improved.
  • Higher energy.
  • Mental clarity and better mood.
  • Clearer skin and complexion.
  • Weight loss: many people experience quick weight loss during the colon cleanse. This weight however, is not fat. It is simply the stored waste that is being flushed out of the body.

Colon Cleanse Protocols

The One Day Colon Cleanse

The diet you eat plays a key role in the body’s ability to cleanse the colon. For this reason, we highly recommend to choose a colon cleanse protocol that combines both. A good example is the famous one day cleanse protocol which you can see in the diagram above.
See the complete plan.

This 24 hours protocol combines meals and drinks that promote healthy digestion and gut health, with oxygen colon cleanse. A typical day on this plan may look like:

  1. Night before: overnight colon cleanse drink.
  2. Morning: lemon juice cleanse drink.
  3. Breakfast: fruit meal.
  4. Afternoon: snack or fruit meal.
  5. Dinner: detox salad meal.

Colon Cleanse Recipes

A big part of our research goes to colon cleanse recipes. We develop, test and look for the most reliable evidence for every ingredient in each recipe.

Below you will find the top most effective and safe natural colon cleanse recipes you can make at home. Recipes include colon cleanse juices, drinks, shots, smoothies, diet tips and meals.

Some recipes offer a fast instant colon cleanse detox benefits, others are a better fit for maintenance.

Feel free to share. If you have a blog or a website, you are more than welcome to share our recipes as well, as long as you link back to us as the source.

Contact us here: If you would like to contribute your own suggestions for body, colon cleanse and detox recipes. If we find your recipes a good fit, we would love to publish in our website and share your wisdom with our members and online cleansing community.

The Overnight Colon Cleanse Recipe

Overnight Colon Cleanse Recipe

Natural, safe, fast, instant homemade colon detox benefits while you sleep.
The overnight colon cleanse recipe is one of the most effective natural remedies to quickly and safely cleanse accumulated waste buildup from the colon.

Discover how to use natural colon cleanse ingredients such as lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar and oxygen colon cleanse for an effective and safe cleansing at home. Learn more.

Colon Cleanse Tea : The Thousand Years Old Homemade Recipe

Colon Cleanse Tea

This easy to make colon cleanse tea recipe has only three ingredients: lemon, ginger and raw honey. Simple, yet effective, it comes with an impressive long history of traditional use.

Drink it to promote your body’s natural ability to cleanse and detox. Especially during these times when you want to drink something hot that is calm and soothing. Learn more.

The Colon Cleanse Detox Salad Your Gut Would Love

Colon Cleanse Recipe Detox Salad

The detox salad recipe was developed after many years of research, testing and collaboration with our partners. It is a complete colon cleanse meal you can easily make at home, using natural healthy whole foods.

Main Benefits: Natural Colon Cleansing, Detoxification, Gut Health & Flavor.
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Cauliflower Rice Detox Meal Recipe

Cauliflower Rice Cleanse Meal Recipe

Who said detox recipes have to be boring? We designed the cauliflower rice detox meal to bring a healthy exciting culinary experience that can boost most natural body cleansing and detoxification plans. The flavor, nutritional profile, and the natural cleansing properties are exceptional.
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Colon Cleanse Juice, Drink & Shot Recipes

Ginger - Carrot Colon Cleanse Juice

Top 4 natural colon cleanse recipes you can make at home either as a juice, drink or a shot. These potent recipes offer a great healthy way to start your morning. They are all easy to make, safe, effective and only use the most simple affordable natural ingredients such as ginger, lemon, carrots and apples. Learn more.

Colon Cleanse Products Reviews

Oxygen Colon Cleanse

Oxygen Colon Cleanse

The effectiveness and safety of oxygen colon cleanse makes it the preferred choice of many health practitioners. It important however, to know how to use it properly.  Especially when it comes to the serving size that is the right one for you, the diet you follow during the cleanse and the right timing protocol.

These factors can make a big difference and may help you get the most out of the cleanse and avoid unnecessary side effects. Learn more.

Colon Cleanse Pills : Benefits, Side Effects & Risks

Colon Cleanse Products

Different colon cleanse products often work completely different in order to cleanse the colon. This can affect their uses, potential benefits, and side effects.

In this review, we summarize our colon cleanse and detox experience over the last 15 years of cleansing. We left no stone unturned in our research for the most effective, safe, best evidence-based colon cleanse products. Learn more.

Pure Colon Detox

Pure Colon Detox

Pure colon detox is a colon cleanse product that seems to receive a lot of attention due to its strong online marketing and advertising.

In this evidence based review, we address the many questions we get on Pure colon detox. We hope this review will help you to make the most out of your journey to a better health for a safe and effective happy cleanse. Learn more.

Type Of Colon Cleanses : Homemade vs. Doctor Office

There are essentially two main types of ways you can cleanse the colon:

Homemade Colon Cleanse

Homemade colon cleanses include a very large variety of products you either drink or swallow, as drinks, powders or pills. These products can help the body to encourage bowel movements and remove accumulated waste and toxins from the colon.

The main difference between the colon cleanse products is the way they work in order to cleanse the colon. Some products work in a gentle and safe way, others are more aggressive, stimulate or force the body to make bowel movements. These differences play a big role in the effectiveness and safety of the cleanse. Learn more.

Colon cleansing diet is also recommended to further support and enhance the colon cleansing process. Learn more.

Colonic Cleanse

Colonics cleansing also known as colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy are mechanical procedures done at a practitioner office. The practitioner releases fluids into the colon via the rectum. The body responds with a series of bowel movements that can help to eliminate stored waste, toxins, excess gas and mucus from the colon.
such as colon hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation and others.

The home versions of these procedures are enemas. The amount of liquids an enema uses is much less, and for this reason, it typically cleanses the lower part of the colon.

Colon Cleanse Diet

The diet you follow during the cleanse can make a big difference. Many foods may help the body to naturally detox and cleanse the colon. It is also very important to avoid problematic foods that are hard to digest or that are known to cause digestive issues.

Most people do very well by eating a lighter diet with fresh whole fruits, vegetables and easy to digest foods during the cleanse.

Raw non-starchy vegetables are a very good source of insoluble fiber and make a great choice during the cleanse. Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, and typically passes through the gut largely intact. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool which can help to promote regular healthy bowel movement.

Think about insoluble fiber as rough brooms inside your colon that grabs accumulated waste buildup and toxins on their way out.

  • Foods to eat during the cleanse: raw whole fruits, vegetables, raw sprouted nuts and seeds.
  • Foods to avoid: processed sugar, fried foods, flour, dairy, wheat, gluten, and processed foods.
  • Drinks to avoid: sugary beverages, caffeine, and alcohol.

Colon cleansing is also an excellent opportunity to clean your diet from junk food and help to transition into a long term healthier diet plan that your body agrees with.

Colon Cleanse & Weight Loss

Best Colon Cleanse For Weight Loss : A Good Option or A False Claim?

Best Colon Cleanse For Weight Loss

Everyday we get questions about the best colon cleansing for weight loss. The over the counter options seem endless, and the marketing claims, the before and after results, pictures and reviews convince many people to start and detox.

In this article, we cover the real evidence based facts and the false claims, based on our experience and research. We also share the top recommendations for the best colon cleanse for weight loss, so you know exactly what to expect.  Learn more.

Colon Cleanse Library & Resources

Natural Colon Cleanse

Below are links to all the main articles and our research on colon cleanse.

Colon Cleanse Recipes

Colon Cleanse Products & Reviews

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