With the average diet consisting of mostly processed foods, the body suffers a great deal. Not being able to get naturally occurring nutrients and vitamins from the foods we eat causes parts of the body to overcompensate. The liver is one of the most vital organs that sweeteners, additives and other man made ingredients put stress on when we eat like this.
An over-taxed liver loses the ability to process toxins and fats in an efficient way. Fortunately for our bodies, there is a way in which we can nurse it back to health. Adding these foods into your diet can help your liver clean toxic waste from the body.
Lemons and Limes
When consumed freshly squeezed, these two are excellent at stimulating the liver. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which help the body synthesize toxic materials with the ability to be dissolved in water. Also, who doesn’t like a fresh squeeze of lemon in their water to liven things up a bit?
With the ability to activate liver enzymes, eating just a small amount can help stimulate the body and aid it to flush out toxins. Garlic is high in the compounds allicin and selenium that help the liver to cleanse.
Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, so consuming it helps the body with its natural process of flushing out carcinogens. My dad used to eat a grapefruit for breakfast every morning, and he’s still going strong at 56!
Leafy greens are one of the most powerful and effective liver cleansers around. Because they have chlorophylls that suck up toxins naturally, they neutralize heavy metals in the body and cleanse chemicals and pesticides from the blood.
Whole grains, such as those found in brown rice, are packed with B-complex vitamins that help to improve liver function. They also help with the overall metabolizing of fats.
Cabbage helps to stimulate the activation of the liver’s detoxifying enzymes that help clean and dispose of toxins.
Always consult your primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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