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Top Signs You Need To Do A Liver Detox (And Best Detox Foods List Included!)
Although your liver does a terrific job most of the time clearing toxins from your body, it cannot always keep up with the number of toxins that our bodies are exposed to every single day.
We live in a modern world that has seen disease levels rise with each year. This really shouldn’t be surprising when you consider the amount of toxins in the air, food, and water we consume daily. When we surround ourselves with man-made chemicals, is it any wonder that we suffer from a multitude of health problems? The liver has the job of cleaning up every single toxin that enters our bodies. We often take them for granted until we experience some kind of health problem.
Keep reading and see if any of the following describes you. If this list sounds familiar, your natural detoxification system is trying to tell you that it’s not up to the task.
- Chronic fatigue
- Light colored stools
- Regular bouts of nausea or vomiting after eating
- Gallbladder attacks
- Pain under the right side of the rib cage
- Headaches that generally sit over the eyes
- Bitter taste in the mouth, especially after eating
- Feeling hung over, even after only 1 drink
- Greasy looking or shiny stools
- Pain between the shoulders
- Sensitivity to scents such as tobacco smoke, perfume, cleaning agents
- Stomach pain after eating greasy foods
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
- Acne or dry skin, or frequent rashes
- Intense food cravings
- Frequent bouts of gas or indigestion
- Worsening of allergy symptoms
- Joint problems
- Frequent feelings of depression
- Difficulty concentrating
If it seems that you identify with many of the things on this list, the problem might be that your liver is overtaxed. When you start eating healthy foods that help the liver to detox itself, then you can start to clear out your system naturally.
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There are a great many ways to give our liver the necessary support and protection that it needs, right from Mother Nature.
Your body is intended to clear itself of toxins on a daily basis. When you eat whole foods that support your liver, rather than consume junk foods, fast foods, and processed foods, then you give your body the nutrients it needs to detox itself naturally.
Your detoxification system ultimately works or does not work due to your daily habits and what you choose to eat or not to eat every day. Although you can do detox programs, even programs that will detox your liver, why do that when you can support your natural detox system, your liver, every day simply by eating the right foods to begin with?
Keep reading for some of the best detox foods you can eat every day and help your liver do the job it was intended to do: remove toxic chemicals and heavy metals from your body.
1. Non-Inflammatory Proteins
It’s true that the body needs a certain level of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, to support all functions in the body, including liver detox. You can eat lots of animal protein, but this type of protein tends to cause inflammation in the body and it is very difficult for the body to digest. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat meat, but rather that you should consume it only in moderation and balance animal protein with a great deal of non-inflammatory proteins such as eggs, fish, shellfish, beans, peas, bone broth, and legumes.
There is perhaps nothing more healing to the liver than beets. Fresh beets and beet juice can thin bile, which helps the body detox itself more efficiently. A common problem in the body is stagnant or sluggish flow of bile. When the liver neutralizes toxins, it puts them in the bile stream to be removed from the body. When the bile stream is slow, toxic materials cannot be expelled, which often leads to low energy, constipation, and fatigue. Eat beets on a regular basis to help strengthen this natural detoxification process naturally. Always be certain that the beets you are consuming are organic beets and not GM beets.
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3. Citrus Fruits
The vitamins and minerals in many fruits are an important step in any detoxification plan. Choose fruits that are super high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which improves the immune system. Some of the best choices for your liver are berries (all kinds), papaya, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and kiwi. Drinking a glass of warm water and organic lemon juice every morning on an empty stomach is the best way to get a head start on supporting your liver function.
Garlic is an herb that can do a great deal for your liver. The sulfur compounds in garlic stimulate your liver to make more enzymes. Besides encouraging your liver to produce more enzymes, the alllicin and selenium in garlic actually protect the liver from damage. Cilantro is another healthy herb that helps the body remove heavy metal contamination. Milk thistle and St. Mary’s thistle are also two herbs that are known to help protect the liver from things like alcohol and prescription drugs.
5. Spices and Other Foods
Adding more turmeric to your diet is perhaps one of the best ways to both clean and protect your liver. Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and has been documented as being able to encourage the liver to regenerate itself. Walnuts are another food item that you should be consuming every day if you wish to help your liver detox the body. Walnuts support normal liver cleansing actions and aid the liver in removing ammonia from the body with its amino acid arginine.
If you still wish, of course you can always do liver cleanse/detox programs, but keep in mind that your body is always talking to you, telling you, what it wants and what it needs. Learning to listen to your body so that you can give it what it needs is an amazing talent, a tool, which you can use to empower your body’s natural detox system.