Keep Your Liver Happy with these 8 Foods

Have you ever given your liver much thought?? If you’re like most people, you haven’t. Even I didn’t give my liver much thought until I started taking better care of my body and health. Knowing what I now know has really helped me and my clients be more aware of our bodies and how to help them function at their best. The liver is a vital organ for a reason. Your liver does a lot to keep you healthy - it removes harmful materials from your bloodstream and it aids in digestion. It helps your immune system fight off infections. Your liver converts your food into nutrients your body can use, stores vitamins and minerals and produces proteins and enzymes.

Issues with your liver can be inherited or caused by an infection but there are a lot of things that can go wrong if you (inadvertently) mistreat your liver. Mistreating your liver can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity, cause chronic fatigue and headaches, lead to digestive issues and many other ailments.

There are some common substances people consume (sometimes, excessively) that can create issues; white sugar, alcohol, tobacco, and coffee. Yes, even too much coffee can overload your liver. I always encourage people to be aware of their sugar consumption and all the different forms it comes in - with the ultimate goal of bringing your sugar consumption down to around 0.

What can you eat to boost your liver health??

  1. Garlic - raw, organic garlic is a delicious to keep your liver healthy (and keep the vampires at bay!).  It helps your liver flush out toxins. In order to fully activate the enzymes in the garlic, after chopping/crushing it, let it stand for 15 minutes before using it.

  2. Grapefruit - eating a grapefruit or drinking fresh grapefruit juice helps your liver flush out toxins and carcinogens! I’m not a big fan of grapefruits but a couple times a week with a little (less than a teaspoon) raw honey is something I can do. Try it.

  3. Beets - these have to be organic. There is nothing healthy about franken-beets. The plant-flavonoids in organic beets boost overall liver function. This is a very cleansing veggie.

  4. Leafy Greens - like organic spinach, swiss chard work to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides protecting the liver.

  5. Cruciferous Vegetables - like broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts help increase enzyme production which aids in digestion.

  6. Green Tea - is not only good for helping your body burn fat and boosting digestion but it also improves liver function.

  7. Avocados - help your body produce a certain antioxidant, glutathione, that helps your liver filter out harmful materials.

  8. Lemons - are not only loaded with vitamin C but they also are a digestive aid and help our bodies remove toxins. I start my day with a glass of room temperature water with the juice of lemon.

Baby Spinach & Beet Salad

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 organic beet, diced

1 avocado, sliced

½ grapefruit, wedges

½ lemon, juiced

1 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

sprinkle of celtic sea salt

Rinse the baby spinach and add the beets and grapefruit wedges and avocado to a bowl. Juice the lemon and drizzle the olive oil all over the veggies. Sprinkle the turmeric and sea salt and toss well.  

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Cleanest Fruits & Veggies

On Tuesday I wrote about the infamous “Dirty Dozen” - the list of most contaminated fruits and veggies. Today I will tell you about the “Clean Fifteen” - the least contaminated fruits and veggies. I do my best to go organic as often as I can, especially when I am making smoothies and juicing the fruits and veggies in question. I can actually taste the difference between organic and non-organic produce. I can taste the chemicals - it is an awful, bitter taste!! (you should see the face I’m making as I’m writing this!! Not pretty!) You could probably taste the difference too! And you will taste it even more once your body has been exorcised of all the unhealthy chemicals its been exposed to! That’s the wonderful thing about clean eating, your taste buds will reawaken and you will be able to enjoy so many more tastes and textures than you did before.. (and your body will be healthier and look way better; how does it get better than that?? ;))

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Cabbage

  5. Sweet Peas (frozen)

  6. Onions

  7. Asparagus

  8. Mangoes

  9. Papayas

  10. Kiwis

  11. Eggplant

  12. Grapefruit

  13. Cantaloupe

  14. Cauliflower

  15. Sweet Potatoes

I can’t tell you how happy I am that Avocados are on this list(they were the cleanest, with only 1% of samples showing pesticides)! I live for these little guys! Sweet corn has other issues...most corn in the US is Genetically Modified so I avoid them. Pineapples (89% of samples had no pesticides) are my Go-To fruit when juicing, especially after the rare occasions when I have a steak. The enzymes in pineapples (raw, fresh pineapples) help break down the protein and makes digestion much easier. This is particularly important if your blood type is A, like me, or AB.

Aurea’s Super-Guacamole

3-4 ripe avocados, mashed

1 organic tomato, diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 handful fresh cilantro, finely chopped

2 organic limes, juiced

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp chlorella

2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper (*optional)

**Mix ingredients thoroughly and enjoy!


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Cravings?? Here's the why & what to do about them!

If you are like me there are times when your cravings get the best of you! I used to feel like crap when I ‘fell off the wagon’ and gave in to my cravings. That was before I knew that the cravings actually meant something! It turns out that our bodies have cravings in order to let us know that we require certain vitamins and minerals. Our bodies are very sophisticated and reliable organisms. What we need to demystify is the meaning behind our cravings.

So here’s what we need to know about our cravings!

Craving Sweets??

Human beings naturally crave sweet flavors. Craving sweets means that our bodies need energy. Sugars are carbohydrates and these can be simple or complex. Simple carbs are turned into sugar rather quickly in our bodies while complex carbs are released slower. Sugar (or glucose) is fuel for your body’s cells. The way to keep this craving from ruining your weight loss goals and your health, in the long run, is to reduce processed foods and increase your grains and vegetables. **Extra sugar is stored as fat which is why complex carbs are the way to go! The grains and veggies will give your body the energy it needs to take you through your day! If you’re still craving candy bars etc, eat these instead:

  • Rice cakes and rice syrup

  • Fruits - berries, apples, pineapples

  • Carrots

Craving Chocolate??

I love chocolate! I love chocolate!! I’m sure some of you share my feeling. The thing with chocolate is that most of what passes for chocolate is super high in sugar and chemical additives and low in quality. It is no longer real chocolate. When your body is craving chocolate it is telling you it needs Magnesium. Instead of reaching for that Snickers, eat these:

  • High quality, organic chocolate bars (60% cacao or higher). A brand I enjoy is Dagoba.

  • Add raw cacao powder (which is real, unprocessed chocolate) to your morning yogurt or smoothie.

  • Raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits will also give your body the magnesium it needs.

Craving Oily, Fatty Foods??

A common craving especially after a night out when I’ve been enjoying some champagne with friends! Your body is telling you it needs some high quality essential fatty acids and calcium. I find myself enjoying some of these foods:

  • Avocados - I love these!! They are tasty and have quality, healthy fats and amino acids.

  • Mustard & turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame seeds - I am partial to kale and broccoli. These greens are great sources of calcium. I usually make a nice smoothie with spinach, kale, blueberries, strawberries and organic coconut oil.

Craving Salty Foods??

Another common craving! When we are craving salty snacks or foods our bodies are trying to tell us that it is lacking minerals. Most people’s diets are lacking in minerals because most of the foods we eat are highly processed and loaded with chemicals. Instead of reach for a salty snack, eat these first:

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens - these are very high in the vitamins and minerals your body is craving.

  • Use a high quality sea salt like celtic sea salt or himalayan sea salt - these contain many trace minerals that your body needs.

  • Add some sea vegetables to your beans - this will add some savoriness to your dish and will increase the mineral content.

There are other cravings but these are some of the most common and therefore useful for our day to day. Our bodies are wonderful, complex systems that know exactly what they need to look great and give us the energy we need to conquer our tasks! It is up to us to get to know our bodies and learn its language. When we understand what our bodies are telling us we will enjoy better health, abundant energy and age subtly and gracefully! Next time you having a craving ask yourself what is it that you really need. Treat your body like the temple it is and honor your divine self!

 

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