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20 Super Foods that Naturally Cleanse Your Liver
Unfortunately, it seems as if the modern world in which we live is becoming more and more toxic by the day and diseases are on the rise. This isn’t so surprising now, is it? We have allowed everything around us, food, water, air, to become contaminated with toxins. A perfect example is bleach, something that is used everywhere as one of the best bacteria killing cleaning agents in the world, however, it’s extremely damaging to the lungs and respiratory tract anytime it is inhaled.
America also uses far too many pesticides, even though they have been linked to huge numbers of health ailments, some of them very serious. Although scientists have been voicing their concerns about the toxins in the environment for a long time now, their words seem to fall on deaf ears. Research now shows that toxins that were once rare are now showing up in the bodies of most Americans, including children.
We could go on and on about this but the good news here is, you do have a choice. You can surround yourself in a toxic environment, or you can surround yourself in a much more natural, clean, and almost completely chemical free location. The importance of detoxification cannot be stressed enough, and there are many ways you can clean out the huge accumulations of toxic chemicals from your body as well as your organs.
This article is helping you learn how to detox the largest gland in your body, the liver. You cannot survive without your liver. It has numerous functions within it the body such as:
- Storage of vitamins and iron
- Detoxification of the blood
- Converting stored sugar to useable sugar
- The production of bile ( to digest fats)
- The destruction of unneeded old red blood cells
- The breakdown of hemoglobin, insulin, and other hormones
These are just a few of the important jobs the liver performs every day. Your liver can be very prone to disease due to the amount of toxins it must remove daily. So help your liver do its best by feeding it some of these 20 well known, detoxifying super foods.
Walnuts have high amounts of an important amino acid called arginine. This is important for helping the liver remove ammonia from the body. These nuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids and glutathione, which support the liver in its normal cleansing routines. Chew these well to help your body digest them properly.
2. Beets and Carrots
Like walnuts, carrots are also high in glutathione, which help to detoxify your liver. Both of these veggies are high in beta-carotene and plant flavonoids. Eating beets and/or carrots can help stimulate, as well as improve, the function of the liver.
3. Alternative Grains
Grains that are gluten rich, such as wheat and rye, actually increase the workload for the liver. Try eating alternative grains such as millet, buckwheat, and quinoa.
4. Olive Oil
Oils that have been made through the cold pressing process such as olive, hemp, and flax seed oil offer great support for your liver. These oils provide your body with a liquid base that can actually suck up the harmful toxins in your body like a dry sponge.
5. Green Tea
Dump those sodas and coffee and brew up some healthy green tea instead. This tea is full of antioxidants called catechins, which are well known for assisting the liver in its functions. Always drink fresh brewed green tea, as those bottles and cans have no nutritional value.
Another great veggie that contains more of those healthy glutathione’s, which help the liver to detoxify. As an added benefit, the lycopene in tomatoes will help protect you from skin, lung, and breast cancers. Two health treats in one!
This fruit is also full of glutathione. It’s also very high in vitamin C and those healthy antioxidants. These help to increase the production of enzymes in the liver that improve the detoxification process.
Adding raw spinach to your salad is a major good move as spinach contains tons of glutathione, that compound that triggers enzymes to clean up the liver.
9. Citrus Fruits
Both limes and lemons have very high vitamin C contents, which stimulate your liver and aid in the synthesizing of toxic substances into water soluble compounds.
The glucosinolates in cabbage are turned into isothiocyanates by the body and provide your liver with those great detoxifying enzymes that will help flush out those toxins.
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This is your liver’s absolutely favorite spice so use it frequently to help boost the detoxification of your liver. Turmeric will help those enzymes to flush out dietary carcinogens.
12. Leafy Green Veggies
It’s the chlorophyll in these veggies that actually absorb toxins, increase the body’s production of bile, neutralize heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemicals, which will lessen the burden placed on the liver.
These super nutrient dense powerhouses help the body naturally produce glutathione. Read more about avocados for health and beauty.
Drinking dandelion root tea will help your liver to break down fats, produce important amino acids, and help to rid your body of overall toxins.
Apples are high in pectin and other compounds that are essential to cleanse and release toxins from within your digestive tract. Apples make things easier for your liver. Always choose organic apples as conventional apples are loaded with pesticides.
The sulfur in garlic is another great compound for activating the enzymes in your liver that will help it to flush out those nasty toxins. Garlic is also high in selenium, and alllicin, two other helpful compounds when it comes to liver cleansing.
17. Brussels Sprouts
This veggie has the one-two punch of being high in sulfur, like garlic, and high in glucosinolates, which compels the liver to make enzymes that protect the body from damage from dietary or environmental toxins.
18. Cruciferous Veggies
Eating more of broccoli and cauliflower will help your body to increase the number of enzymes in your system to flush out not only toxins, but other carcinogens as well.
This veggie is a fantastic diuretic, which will greatly help in the cleansing process and shoulder some of the detox load of both the kidneys and the liver. Find out more benefits of asparagus.
20. Bok Choy
Also called Chinese white cabbage. Full of antioxidants and phytonutirents, this veggie really encourages your liver to create enzymes that will help in the detoxification process while protecting you from certain cancers. Add it to your salads or stir fry’s and feel good about eating it. Read more about all benefits of bok choy.
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