Tell your body to turn that frown upside down, because you’re about to treat it to the best detox foods on the block.

You know the feeling: You ate too much junk food on a cheat day, and now you feel packed full of cheap sugars and who knows what else. Or maybe you had too much fun over the weekend and imagining wine stains on your internal organs. There’s only one way to get rid of that garbage feeling: It’s time to detox.

You’ve probably heard a dozen different detox methods by now. From the Master Cleanse (also known as the Lemonade Diet) to straight-up fasting, health and wellness enthusiasts love recommending various ways to clear your body of toxins and impurities and give you a fresh start. Do any of them work? Depends who you ask. Medical professionals remain skeptical of detox fads, and there’s no scientific evidence that drinking fruit juice for three days actually flushes “toxins” from your system.

But hey, hard science isn’t everything. Once in awhile, you feel like garbage and you just have to do something about it. The best way to detox? Lots of water and a clean diet with liver-friendly foods to help you get back on the straight and narrow.

Best Detox Foods

Guacamole

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Image: Avocado Central

See? Life can be fair sometimes. Guacamole is one of the best detox foods around thanks to the magical combination of avocado and cilantro. Avocado has been found to have beneficial effects on the liver, while cilantro contains a blend of two oils — linalool and geranyl acetate — that have been shown to have a positive impact on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you’re trying to soothe an abused stomach, a light serving of guac might be the way to go.

Lemon Water

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Not only can lemon water quench your morning thirst, but also it’s packed with a variety of vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and bioflavonoids. With these powerful ingredients, lemon water can boost your immune system, cleanse your body, improve digestion, aid weight loss and reduce inflammation. Lemon’s anti-oxidant properties can help you fight off pain and illnesses, such as sore throats, muscle and joint pain, and tonsil inflammation.

Beets

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One of our favorite natural detox foods, beets contain a group of antioxidants called betalains, which are excellent for detoxifying your body and your liver. Beets also contain a high concentrate of betaine, which help to reduce liver inflammation. The antioxidants found in beets support the liver’s phase 2 cleansing, when toxins are chemically transformed into a water-soluble form that can be excreted through urine. Beets are also high in vitamin C, vitamin B folate, potassium, fiber and manganese that will help you reduce blood pressure, enhance stamina, reduce inflammation and increase liver function.

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