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??
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.
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.
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.
Leafy Greens - like organic spinach, swiss chard work to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides protecting the liver.
Cruciferous Vegetables - like broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts help increase enzyme production which aids in digestion.
Green Tea - is not only good for helping your body burn fat and boosting digestion but it also improves liver function.
Avocados - help your body produce a certain antioxidant, glutathione, that helps your liver filter out harmful materials.
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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