Foods That Clean Up Your Liver

By on September 6, 2014
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Toxins constantly bombard and accumulate in our body and that make it necessary to detox it regularly. Toxins are chemicals with potentially harmful effects.

They include a wide range of substances such as pesticides, environmental impurities, by-products of processed foods, etc. Then there are some other toxins that our body produces but fails to detoxify. The common way of dealing with this is to follow a detox diet. Detox diet forces you to temporarily give up certain kinds of foods and then to gradually reintroduce the them back slowly, while staying away from the unhealthy ones. Most liver detox diets lack science to support them.

It is now evident that balanced, proper diet may be more helpful than a detox diet. Our liver act as our body’s own personal vacuum as it sucks toxins present in the bloodstream, supporting healthy digestive functions through the bile and converts and distributes nutrients from the foods we eat. EHC recommends some natural foods that you can adopt in your current diet without the need to starve and will support healthy liver functions and its detoxification.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, boosts production of the liver detoxification enzymes and increases the natural cleansing processes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins of the liver.

Spinach

Raw spinach is a major source of glutathione that triggers toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver.

Beets & Carrots

Carrots are rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver. Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

Tomatoes

They have abundant amounts of glutathione that is a great detoxifier of the liver. As a side effect lycopene in tomatoes will protect against breast, skin and lung cancer.

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Citrus Fruits

Lemons contain very high amounts of vitamin C, helps stimulate the liver and aids the synthesizing of toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.

Cabbage

The isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from cabbage’s glucosinolates provides liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins.

Turmeric

Turmeric is the liver’s favorite spice and helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a good source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and amino acid arginine, which support the normal liver cleansing actions, especially in detoxifying ammonia.

Avocados

The nutrient-dense super-food, avocado helps the body produce glutathione- compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

Apples

They are high in pectin and other chemicals essential to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. Apples make it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are high in sulfur and antioxidant glucosinolate, which forces the liver to release enzymes that block damage from environmental or dietary toxins.

Garlic

Garlic is loaded with sulfur that activates liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

Dandelion

Dandelion root tea assists the liver in breaking down fats, producing amino acids and generally ridding it off toxins.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase production of enzymes glucosinolate in your system that help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins.

Asparagus

It is a great diuretic helping in the cleansing process and sharing the detox load of the liver and kidneys.

Green Tea

Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function.

Olive Oil

Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great support for the liver, providing the body with a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body.

Alternative Grains

Gluten rich grains wheat, flour, or other whole grains increase the load on the liver’s detox function and enzyme production. Switch to alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet.

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