5 Cleansing Foods to Gear Up for Race Season

3. Herbs

Parsley, basil, cilantro, thyme and dill, or other herbs that tickle your taste buds, make great little cleansers because of their high doses of volatile oils. Another benefit from herbs: their flavonoids provide both antioxidant and antibacterial protection.

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Many herbs also provide anti-inflammatory and blood-purifying benefits, along with a surprise dose of fiber that will keep your system moving along at an athlete's pace.

Add fresh herbs to a stir-fry, or to tomato-based pasta sauces, soups, stews, poultry or fish dishes. Just make sure to add them towards the end of cooking, so they stay fresh and green. Or, add raw herbs to your favorite juicing recipes.

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4. Coconut Water

Coconut water can give you everything your energy drink has to offer, minus the artificial colors, flavors, added sugars and caffeine.

Bursting with naturally detoxifying electrolytes, including potassium, coconut water helps keep you hydrated during long-distance runs, making it one of the best beverages an active person can drink.

Drink some about an hour before a long distance run, and again about an hour into your run.

Extra boost: If running especially long distances, go ahead and add some sea salt to your coconut water to ensure adequate sodium intake for the long haul.

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5.  Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are climbing up the charts as one of the most eaten veggies. These and other cruciferous veggies like cabbage and broccoli contain phytonutrients that boost the production of enzymes involved in detoxification.

Spring is a great time to eat these mini-cabbages because they're less expensive and taste delicious.

Great detox recipe: Wash Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters, and toss with 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a skillet with a bit of sea salt and pepper. Cook about 10 to 12 minutes. Then drizzle in some apple cider vinegar just before serving.

More: Try These 6 Weight-Loss Power Veggies        

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