Your liver is designed to eliminate toxic by-products (such as those from medication and alcohol) from the blood stream. Sometimes though, depending on what you’re eating and drinking a little too much of, your liver takes a beating and gets backlogged with toxins. During these times, you need to step up your intake of foods that will help detoxify and regenerate this important organ.
Here are 6 foods that can help your liver get back on its feet:
1. Consume a small crushed clove of garlic straight up (or mixed into some of your regular meals), weekly.
Garlic contains compounds that your liver uses to produce powerful antioxidants. In this day and age, with all the pesticides in our foods and pollutants in the air, your liver will need an extra dose of these compounds to undo the damage.
2. Don’t Pass on the Cabbage, the Brussel Sprouts or the Turnips
On top of containing more anticancer properties than any other vegetable family, the cabbage family of vegetables are loaded with some of the most powerful detox-activating compounds.
3. Add Dandelion tea to your rotation of herbal teas
Dandelion is able to get the liver functioning optimally and is one of the most powerful detoxifiers known to man, without any side effects. It also has diuretic properties, which helps us eliminate – through urine – as many toxins as possible. You can pretty much find Dandelion root tea in many grocery stores and health food stores. I got myself a detox tea from La Fée des Bois Apothecary that I find really soothing.
4. Spice up your bowl of chili with Cumin and Coriander
Cumin and Coriander are super spices used in many classic and warming recipes, like chili, stews and bean/lentil dishes. Alongside decreasing flatulence and increasing the absorption of many nutrients, these super spices have powerful liver detoxification compounds.
5. Eat Beets
Compounds in beetroot stimulate the liver to detoxify in two ways: 1) The antioxidants stimulate the liver’s cells to detoxify and 2) the high fiber in beets, known as pectin, gives toxins another extra push out of your system.
6. Take 1tsp of high quality Cod liver oil from these brands specifically.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the liver. Our modern lifestyles of excess alcohol, processed foods, indoor living and lack of whole foods leaves our liver thirsty for Vitamin D. A tsp of cod liver oil a day, especially during those winter months, will keep the doctor away by making sure your liver has enough Vitamin D to function properly. Cod liver oil also provides you with highly absorbable Omega 3’s and Vitamin A. ***Quality is key when it comes to cod liver oil so please choose these brands.
And always remember to purchase foods locally and organic whenever possible.
So show your liver some love, it deserves it!