These foods should be a regular part of your diet, but they can also be incorporated into detox drinks and are particularly important when you’re trying to cleanse your body of leftover toxins and to keep your body weight to normal.
You should try to incorporate at least three of these foods into your meal plan each week and perform at least one proper liver cleanse (focusing only on water and liver-friendly foods) per year.
Eat these foods regularly to keep your liver healthy:
Garlic is more than a delicious spice. It’s jam packed full of surprising nutrients which activate the enzymes in your liver, helping your body flush all the nasty toxins out. Add some garlic to dinner every night and your liver will thank you for it.
Beets and carrots
Beets and carrots both contain high levels of beta-carotene and plant flavonoids which improve overall liver function and help keep free radicals out of your bloodstream.
Green tea is something of a miracle. The catechins cleanse your liver, the caffeine keeps you alert and the flavonoids prevent free radicals from nesting in your body. Drinking a large amount (one liter or more) of green tea speeds up your metabolism as well.
Avocados are one of the most powerful health foods out there and one of the only fruits that’s high in protein as well as omega fatty acids. It also helps the body produce glutathione, a compound essential to proper liver function.
Apples contain a large concentration of pectin as well as large amounts of water and dietary fiber which help cleanse every part of the body and stimulate proper liver function.
The unfortunate truth is that wheat and flour aren’t actually any good for your body and they’re actually inhibiting your liver function (not to mention your weight loss). Studies are discovering more negative effects of these traditional grains all the time—and there’s no question that alternative grains like rice and quinoa have much higher nutrient counts.
Broccoli and cauliflower are among the most nutrient-dense vegetables. They increase enzyme production in your liver, helping your body tackle all the nasty toxins you’ve ingested.
Lemons & Limes
You might not want to eat these on their own but they make great accents in all kinds of food and drinks and they have incredibly high vitamin C and water contents. Vitamin C is essential for synthesizing toxic materials into substances which can be harmlessly absorbed by water. This lightens the load on your liver, allowing it to function more normally.
Walnuts contain a high concentration of amino acids and omega 3 fatty acids which help your body process fats and other toxins. Make sure you chew the nuts extremely well, until they are somewhat liquefied, before swallowing so the nutrients are all digested properly.
Everyone should have more leafy greens in their diet. Leafy greens contain a large amount of water, important nutrients and plant chlorophylls. The plant chlorophylls actually leech toxins directly out of your body and bloodstream while everything else goes into your system to keep it running. Try to focus on spinach, mustard greens and arugula instead of regular lettuce.
It might be an acquired taste but grapefruit has a powerful combination of vitamin C, antioxidants and a high water content that will improve your liver function and cleanse your bloodstream. Try having a cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice if you don’t want to just eat one.
It is possible to undo the damage you’ve done to your liver through years of processed food, overeating and alcoholic drinks—and to reduce the damage of future drinks or restaurant splurges. All you have to do is incorporate as many of these liver cleansing foods into your diet as possible.
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