The liver is without a doubt our most important organ when it comes to removing toxins from the body. You may be surprised to learn how many different jobs this powerhouse organ actually has.
- The liver repackages nutrients
- It supports the immune system
- It manufactures protein structures such as neurotransmitters and human proteins used for growth and repair
- It secretes bile which helps breakdown fat
- It reduces constipation and candida growth and reduces food allergy and food sensitivities
- The liver makes vitamin D and stores reserves of vitamin A, E, B12 and some minerals
- It produces cholesterol and converts glucose to glycogen
- It converts ammonia to urea
- It regulates blood clotting and clears bad bacteria and other bad bugs from the blood system AND
- The liver manages erratic blood sugar
You can see that taking care of your liver is absolutely vital to your health and longevity. If your liver is not working well you may have a number of associated symptoms such as brain fog, poor memory and concentration, mood swings, depression, a coated tongue, bad breath, dark eye circles, pale colored stools and gut related disturbances such as constipation or diarrhea.
The best way to naturally support your liver and all of its many functions is to consume foods that are high in the specific nutrients that the liver needs. In this blog post I want to share with you the top 10 foods to support the liver.
What are the Top 10 Foods?
Have you ever juiced garlic? Try it…be careful though. Just a little bit goes a long way. Garlic has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help flush toxins from your body. Surprising to me is it also has a high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural immune boosters and liver cleansers.
Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleaning processes of the liver. A small glass of grapefruit juice will boost production of detox enzymes that flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
3) Beets and Carrots:
Ancient romans used to use beets as an aphrodisiac. No joke, science backs this up. Beets contain large amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. So how do beets and carrots help your liver? Beta Carotene is amazing for your liver and both have high amounts of it.
4) Green Tea
One of my favorite liver loving beverages is full of antioxidants known as catechins, a compound that can help you with liver function. It’s not only delicious, but it also has a myriad of other benefits!
5) Dark Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables
Whether juiced, eaten raw, or even cooked, the health benefits are many. Chlorophyll is amazing for us. Greens are mother natures way of sucking environmental toxins out of our blood stream. They can also neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. These cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Pectin is the natural fiber in apples – when your body is pressing out toxins it needs some way to get them out of your body. Apples are loaded with natural fiber and vitamins that press these harmful things out and allow your body to heal.
8) Olive Oil
Make sure when you get it, it is extra virgin cold pressed oil. I wouldn’t cook on too high of a heat either.Stay below 275. It really depends on the quality of the oil. It helps the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.
9) Lemons and Limes
The juice of half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a time-honored way of starting the day and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.
10) Turmeric and Milk Thistle
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory food. It stimulates the gallbladder and bile flow and may aid in stomach acid secretion. Milk thistle stimulates gallbladder and bile flow and may aid liver repair as well.
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