The health of our digestive system depends largely on the liver. Blood from intestine and stomach passes through your liver. The primary function of the liver is to filter the system by converting toxins to waste products, cleansing your blood and process various nutrients.
When the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins and pollutants, its natural working cycle slows down. Besides alcohol, drugs and other taxing chemicals, we tend to overload our livers with processed and fried foods, especially when consumed in large quantities.
But what foods cleanse your liver? The good news is there are many foods you’re probably already eating that can help to cleanse your liver naturally. These delicious options stimulate the liver’s natural ability to expel toxins from the body.
1. Green Tea
If you’re thirsty from all the liver-benefiting foods, try some green tea. This beverage contains catechins, plant-based antioxidants known to improve liver function. Be careful to stick to green tea and not green tea extract, which can potentially negatively impact liver health.
Like lemon, grapefruit is high in vitamin C, which helps boost your liver’s filtration process. However, the added benefit of this pink citrus fruit is that it also contains glutathione, which, like beets, increases the production of liver detoxification enzymes.
Citrus fruits are another source of glutathione rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They stimulate the production of liver and bile detoxification enzymes and improve the process of cleansing the liver. The family includes grapefruit and lemon. A citrus cure is recommended to help with digestion, decomposition of fat and activate the diuretic function.
Unexpectedly, garlic is a great source of sulfur. No, it’s not the kind that’s detrimental to your health; it’s a particularly good kind that assists your liver in flushing out toxins and cleaning you from the inside out.
Turmeric is a magical spice that has been steadily gaining traction in Western diets. Bursting with enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens, it’s a delicious way to help boost your liver detox routine.
Walnuts are a rich source of amino acid known as arginine that support liver cleansing. They are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids that also support liver detoxification. Ensure that you munch on this important liver-friendly nut.Go on and help your liver function better with these foods!
Apples, rich in pectin, facilitate the process of cleansing the liver. Apple juice (organic) is also recommended for liver detoxification.
Beets are another superfood that help cleanse the liver, specifically the dark red variety. They are high in plant-flavonoids, beta-carotene, rich in iron, folates, phosphorus, vitamin C, copper, potassium & manganese. So have it in a salad, or whip up a healthy smoothie.
9. Cruciferous Vegetables
This includes, but is not limited to, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. These vegetables are a major source of glutathione, which triggers the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver. Eating cruciferous vegetables will increase production of glucosinolate in your system, which helps flush out carcinogens and other toxinsOlive Oil
10. Olive oil
Although it is a fat, olive oil is considered a healthy fat. Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp, and flaxseed offer great support for the liver, providing the body with a liquid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. It has also been shown to decrease the levels of fat in the liver.
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