Overdone it this Christmas & New Year? Help your liver wipe away the traces of your indulgence by giving it a healthy kick-start. The liver is one amazing organ, responsible for flushing out toxins & generally cleansing the body. Give yours a helping hand by incorporating these thirteen detoxifying foods into your diet.
1. Cruciferous Vegetables
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens and other toxins from our bodies, which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed 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.
This is the liver’s favourite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next pan of scrambled eggs for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detoxing by assisting enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.
This nutrient-dense fruit helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.
6. Lemons & Limes
These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesising toxic material into a substance that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.
7. Beetroots and Carrots
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
8. 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 literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralise heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver. Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, rocket leaves, 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.
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes which helps your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
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.
11. Green Tea
This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the liver’s overall functions. Green tea is also a great way to improve your overall diet.
12. Olive Oil
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flaxseed are great for the liver when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body, taking some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.
Containing a high level 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.
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