It’s that time of year again! Over eating, drinking and a lack of sleep!
Don’t let it get the best of you and make sure that you take care of yourself… AND YOUR LIVER!
Your liver is super important and we should all be showing it a little love and tenderness! Don’t take it for a wild ride and expect yourself to be perfect in the end. We’re not invincible. If your liver shuts down you would only be around for another one or two days! Scary to think about it that way… if the liver fails… so will you. Fortunately, the liver can function even when up to 75% of it is diseased or removed. That’s still no excuse!
Your liver has the amazing ability to create new liver tissue from healthy liver cells that still exist! Pretty clever!
So what exactly does your liver do?
Your liver is like the engine in your car. It does hundreds of very important functions to make sure your body is running smoothly.
- Your liver helps control the production and removal of cholesterol.
- Produces immune factors and removes bacteria from the bloodstream to combat infection.
- Stores vitamins, sugar and iron to help give your body energy.
- Releases bile to help digest food and absorb important nutrients.
- Clears your blood of waste products, drugs and other poisonous substances.
The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the stomach and made up of two large sections called the right and the left lobes.
Sure you can set aside some time to do heavy duty detox regimes, however, why not nourish your liver everyday and make it a healthy habit? There is no need to deprive yourself.
Detox your liver with these amazing foods!
Carrots are a fantastic source of Glutathione which is a protein that helps detoxify the liver. Both beets and Carrots are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene. Eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
Again, tomatoes have an abundance of Glutathione which is a great liver supporter and helps with the detoxification process.
Yet another source of the cleansing glutathione. It’s also high in vitamin C and antioxidants, this boosts the production of the liver detoxification enzymes and increases the natural cleansing process of the liver. Antioxidants and Vitamin C also helps with inflammation.
Raw Spinach is a major source of glutathione that triggers toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver. Make sure you add some to your next green smoothie!
Lemons and Lime contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which helps stimulate the liver. Citrus is also great for keeping inflammation at bay.
Cabbage is another great food which helps liver detoxifying enzymes flush out toxins.
Turmeric is the liver’s favorite spice by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.
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 are a nutrient-dense superfood, avocado helps the body produce glutathione
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.
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.
Brussels sprouts are high in sulfur and antioxidant glucosinolate, which forces the liver to release enzymes that block damage from environmental or dietary toxins.
Green Veggies are extremely high in plant chlorophyll’s that absorb environmental toxins, increase bile production, neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, which lowers the burden on the liver.
After looking at this list it is safe to say that you should keep your diet;
COLOURFUL and EXCITING!
Another important dietary requirement for your liver is to…
– – STAY HYDRATED – –
So keep these foods and facts in mind not only through the festive season but for the rest of your life. Love your liver! It deserves some tender love and care. It works hard to keep you happy.