The liver is the largest solid organ in our body

Your liver processes and remove toxins from your body. It also breaks down fats and manages glucose (sugar ) levels. So it is a very important organ. A toxic liver can  cause bloating, headaches, fatigue, and acne.

The liver has various  important functions:

  • It makes and secretes bile to help your body absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K)
  • It metabolizes and stores carbohydrates, fats, sugars, vitamins for energy and brain function.
  • It breaks down harmful chemicals (bilirubin and ammonia) produced by the body to keep you healthy.
  • It manufactures proteins to help maintain blood filtration and flow.
  • It breaks down hormones, detoxifies water and removes drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins
  • And it filters waste products from your blood.

With such an important job we all should take better care our liver. Ways to help your liver cleanse itself include:

  • Minimizing  alcohol and caffeine consumption

Alcohol and caffeine are responsible for liver damage, by reducing or eliminating these from your diet will help your liver detox.

  • Minimize sugar, fat, and processed food
  • Increase raw fruit and vegetable intake

Leafy greens, legumes, fruit, whole grains are great food to eat.

  • Increase water intake

Increased water will cause urination, and that will  help cleanse the toxins in your liver

Great foods to eat to help your liver:

Whole grains:   Brown Rice, Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Barley

Turmeric: used in curry and pickles

Cilantro:  reduces mercury levels

Rosemary:  Helps enhance liver detoxification

Berries: Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, blueberries, Eat them alone or in a dessert or in a smoothie, or added to your cereal

Green Tea:

Yogurt:    Greek yogurt or parfaits or regular yogurt it is good for you

Legumes ( Beans) Nuts and Seeds :  Mix them in a salad or eat them in a trail mix.

Soy: Eat edamame.  (It makes a great snack)

Red Grapes:  Freeze them and eat it for a snack or add it to tuna salad

Garlic and Onions:  Garlic helps remove heavy metals from the liver

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Collards,  bok choy, watercress,  Beets, Carrots, Red Onions

Apples:   The pectin in the apple helps reduce the load of filtration on the liver

Eggs: helps metabolize fats and improve liver health

Grapefruit:  help in a natural detoxification of the liver

Dandelion Greens, Mustard Greens: promote production and flow of bile.  This is  Great for liver detox!

Lemon Juice:  Cleanses and detoxifies the digestive tract and balances the PH

Not only will these foods help you feel great, they also taste good.  These are great foods to eat every day.  They can be mixed together to make a bigger impact.  Try my recipe for Roasted vegetables or edamame Guacamole dip, Massaged kale or make an egg salad sprinkle some turmeric in it, put it on whole wheat bread with greens and now you have a major liver detox lunch!