6 fruits that assist in detoxification and alleviating fullness

By Thuy An   March 3, 2024 | 03:06 pm PT
Incorporating bananas into your diet, along with consuming orange and lime juices or coconut water, can significantly diminish bloating and stomach discomfort when paired with regular exercise and a reduction in alcohol intake.

Dr. Bui Dac Sang of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Traditional Medicine Association of Hanoi City explains that the common issues of bloating and indigestion often stem from the intake of excessive oily foods and irregular meal patterns. He suggests the following fruits as remedies for these conditions:

Lime juice

Limes, abundant in vitamin C and antioxidants, offer about 30 mg of vitamin C from a 60-gram serving, fulfilling 30% of an adult's daily recommended intake. They also provide essential micronutrients like magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin A, which are crucial for immune system strength. These nutrients aid liver function in bile production, facilitating digestion.

Additionally, lime juice serves as a liver detoxifier, promoting the liver's cleansing process and assisting in the detoxification from alcohol. Other citrus fruits similarly accelerate the body's alcohol metabolism.

However, due to their sourness and acidity, those with stomach or intestinal sensitivities are advised to moderate lime intake.

A cup of lime juice. Illustration photo by Freepik

A cup of lime juice. Illustration photo by Freepik

Coconut water

Known for its cooling and hydrating properties, coconut water helps regulate body temperature and prevents dehydration. This nutrient-rich beverage supports detoxification and digestion thanks to its high fiber content, while being low in calories and fat-free.


Valued in oriental medicine for its cooling effects, sugarcane's natural sweetness and refreshing taste help cool the body and promote detoxification. It facilitates alcohol metabolism and hydrates the body with its sugar and water content. It's recommended to opt for freshly pressed sugarcane juice over refined sugar for those frequently consuming alcohol.


High in potassium, bananas aid in flushing out excess sodium and water from the body. They are also a source of resistant starch, which can help alleviate constipation and reduce bloating.

A pile of bananas. Illustration photo by Freepik

A pile of bananas. Illustration photo by Freepik


Papayas contain papain, an enzyme instrumental in protein digestion and in easing stomach gas, offering relief after meals. They also aid in preventing constipation and smoothing bowel movements.

Consuming ripe papayas is recommended, and they should not be eaten on an empty stomach.


With its rich fiber content, pineapple enhances intestinal contractions, softens stools, expedites waste elimination, and addresses bloating and poor digestion issues.

Besides these fruits, maintaining a daily water intake of 1.5-2 liters and engaging in physical activities—ranging from aerobic exercises, dancing, and boxing to running, cycling, and relaxing activities like yoga and meditation—is beneficial.

Practices such as soaking feet before bedtime or steaming can promote good sleep and further detoxification.

Limiting the intake of alcohol, stimulants, and oily foods is also crucial for health.

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