Liver Detox Foods



Here is a list of foods that I try to include in my diet, I don’t keep to a strict diet plan anymore. But I do try to make sure I have at least some of these foods every day.

1. Garlic
Just a small amount of this little white bulb will activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice or half of a grapefruit for breakfast will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets and Carrots
Both are extremely high in beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function. And they help you see better at night, or so my mother told me.

4. Green Tea
This liver-loving drink is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. I get this Japanese Organic green tea, it is not expensive, but a lot of tea makers use other additives in theirs. And this one is really nice as an iced tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados
This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. But do not eat too many of them because of their high fat content.

7. Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemicals necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

8. Olive Oil
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are (when used in moderation) great for the liver. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it removes some of the burden from the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.

9. Alternative Grains
It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A recent study found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding extra enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, from the body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.

11. Lemons & Limes
These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

12. Walnuts
Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.

13. Cabbage
Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

14. Turmeric
Turmaric is the king of spices when it comes to helping our bodies. Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

It is also the liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next meal, it is great in a marinade on chicken, pork or just mixed in when cooking vegitables for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.


Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse

Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and brussel sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly.

If cooking is not your thing or you just do not like the taste turmeric I highly recommend this Turmeric Curcumin Supplement

 

For more information on the benefits of Turmeric read 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin on authoritynutrition.com

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