14 Foods that Cleanse the Liver

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Modern society
has created a sad state for our over-processed livers. Anytime we
overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and, anytime we are exposed
to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked
and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins
and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help
cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating the natural ability to
clean toxic waste from the body.

List of
Foods that Cleanse the Liver

In the past,
I have discusses my favorite cleansing foods. This list is a little
more specific and focuses mainly on foods that can help cleanse
your liver. In addition to taking a liver-cleansing
, and performing at least two liver
and gallbladder cleanses
per year, eating the following foods
is the best way to keep your liver healthy and functioning the way
you need it to. I would encourage you to incorporate these liver
cleanse foods into your weekly diet.

1. Garlic

Just a small
amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver
enzymes that helps your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds
high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that
aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit

High in both
vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increasea the natural cleansing
processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit
juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes
that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets
and Carrots

Both extremely
high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and
carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green

This liver-loving
beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins,
a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green
tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve
your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.

5. Leafy
Green Vegetables

One of our
most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be
eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls,
greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream.
With their distinct ability to nuetralize
heavy metals
, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods
offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating
leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach,
mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase
the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste
from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados

This nutrient-dense
super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary
for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate
improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.

7. Apples

High in pectin,
apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse
and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes
it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing

8. Olive

organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the
liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing
a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this
way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic
overload that many of us suffer from.

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3, 2010

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