8 Foods for a Gentle Daily Liver Detox
During specific times of the year (usually spring or fall) many of us want to do a cleanse or a detox. Sometimes these detoxes can be quite intense lasting 10, 21 or 30 days. However, there are foods that you can consume daily to help give you a gentle liver detox.
The liver is a very important part of our well-being and overall health. It has over 500 functions, no wonder the poor little guy can get sluggish and tired from time to time. When you have a well-functioning liver it can help cut many serious health problems.
There are numerous foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally but here are 8 foods that I personally enjoy and are easy to add to you diet and can be found all year round.
Juice half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. It also helps expel mucus from your chest and gives the bowel a good boost of activity.
Beets and Carrots
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function. Here’s a recipe for my spicy carrot beet soup.
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increase the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other nasty toxins. It should be freshly squeezed and not store-bought that could have added sugars.
Eating vegetables such as broccoli (my favourite veggie) and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolates (which are chemicals that have anticancer properties) in your system, adding to increased enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins out of our body, which lowers our risk of cancer.
High in pectin, which binds to toxins in the colon and helps with elimination. This in turn, puts less stress on the liver and it’s functions. Apples also taste delicious with beets, try this apple beet salad.
This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, known to aid the livers functions. Green tea is not only delicious (one of my favs that I drink daily), it’s also a great way to improve your overall health.
One of the most powerful in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, juiced or thrown in smoothies. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods are powerful and protective for the liver.
Consume more bitter leafy greens such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and kale into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that helps digest fats and helps to remove waste and toxins from our organs and blood. An easy way to add these greens is to put them in smoothies.
This one might be surprising because of it’s fat content, but this mighty super-food helps the body produce glutathione (a powerful antioxidant), which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins and heavy metals. To get the greatest benefits for liver health avocados must be eaten regularly. Avocados also make a great dessert try my chocolate avocado pudding.