Cleanse Your Liver with These Two Common Plants


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Your liver is perhaps the busiest organ in your body. It is responsible for numerous vital functions each and every day. Your liver must break down fats, produce bile, neutralize harmful or toxic substances in the body, digest foods, produce enzymes, and regulate most of the basic biochemical processes of the body.

In today’s world it’s fairly obvious to say that the liver is overburdened and need a little help a few times per year. Keep in mind that if you are suffering from a cold or the flu, diabetes, or other types of chronic or infectious disease, or if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, it is not recommended that you undergo a liver cleanse at this time.

Radishes and beets are a terrific way to support the detoxification of your liver. While performing this detox it’s vital that you continue to give your body sufficient nutrition and calories. This routine is in no way meant to be a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.

Beets have a wonderfully sweet flavor and soft texture when broiled or roasted. Of course you can always eat them raw or grate them or slice them into other foods. Beets are a great source of nutrition with 2.3 grams of fiber, calcium, potassium, folate, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C, all for a skinny 35 calories per average sized beet. Beets also contain a compound called Betaine, which is the active ingredient that can help detox and provide support for a healthy liver.  Use caution when buying fresh beets as many beets are now GMO. This is why buying from local farmers markets is a good choice as you can speak to the farmer who grew the food. They will be proud to tell you that their food is organic and non-GMO. Read more about beets and its benefits for detox.

Radishes are cruciferous vegetables, along with cauliflower and broccoli, and have a crisp texture and a strong, peppery flavor. Radishes are also known to clear carcinogens and toxins from the body through a substance called isothiocyanates. This compound helps the body metabolize and remove dangerous chemicals and toxins. Raw radishes are best for this purpose, of course, and they should always be organic.

A balanced cleansing diet is a very effective way to break bad habits. However, many detox programs are nothing more than extreme fasts, which can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and leave you feeling dizzy and fatigued. You should always consult your doctor first should you decide to undertake one of these cleansing fasts.

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