Our liver filters our blood to remove toxins and breaks down toxins within the body via a two phase process. During the first phase, toxins are neutralised and broken down into smaller fragments. During the second phase, these smaller fragments are bound to non-toxic molecules so that they can be safely excreted in bile, urine or stool. Liver detox is covered in detail (along with the other detox organs) within my Conscious Cleanse program (7 day meal with all recipes and a real food shopping list). Today I’m sharing my top liver detoxification tips:
Warm lemon water – lemon is a potent liver detoxifier. Lemon water stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile to purify and cleanse.
Vitamin C – an antioxidant that maintains good health of the liver cells. Great sources of Vitamin C are capsicum, berries and citrus fruit.
B Vitamins – consume wholegrains, legumes, peanuts and eggs to ensure adequate B Vitamins which are essential for detoxification of the blood.
Selenium – found in brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and mushroom. Selenium is important for normal liver function and is required for thyroid hormone conversion.
Zinc – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oysters, beans, nuts and wholegrains are great sources of zinc which is an essential trace mineral for liver health.
Beta-carotene – found in yellow and orange coloured fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted to Vitamin A once inside the body.
Brassica vegetables – brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Brassica vegetables contain high levels of glutathione which is an antioxidant used by the liver during detoxification.
Protein – the body needs amino acids (protein) to effectively cleanse. Nuts and seeds, fish, eggs, poultry and natural protein powders made from rice and/or pea protein are the best forms of protein to consume during a cleanse. If you’re consuming vegetarian protein remember to eat complementary proteins (beans + rice or lentils + quinoa or chickpeas + beans) to ensure you are consuming all essential amino acids. Grains and nuts are complementary proteins, along with legumes and grains, grains and seeds or lentils and nuts.
Chlorophyll – your liver loves greens, especially bitter greens. Load up on bitter greens such as rocket and parsley.
Spices – turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper are the best spices for your liver. Use them to flavour all your meals.
Herbs – milk thistle and dandelion support the liver. Enjoy these herbs via good quality supplements or delicious herbal tea.
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