It’s about that time. You know, where we start cleaning everything from the closets to under the stove. We spend a lot of energy and time doing it, too. Do you do anything to clean out your liver, the ultimate cleanser of your body? Your liver has worked very hard for you for a long time, from any drinking to fried snacks and wings. Shouldn’t you do something to give back a little?
Liver Detoxifying Foods
The prime function of the liver is to filter and detox the blood. It removes everything that is bad for you, and keeps what you need. It’s almost constantly at work! Occasionally, we ingest too many toxins for the liver to sort, causing it to become sick and damaged. These types of dysfunctions frequently cause chronic diseases, and even death. The best time to clean out your liver, according to Chinese medicine, is springtime!
Onions are not only deliciously sweet, but they activate the enzymes in the liver that flush out unwanted pathogens. Onions are jam packed with sulfur-filled amino acids, which are one of the most efficient ways to clean out your liver. There are a ton of great ways to enjoy onions, from sautéed to salads.
Parsley is one of the most common herbs around. It can be sprinkled onto almost anything, and works wonders on your liver. It is a blood purifier, meaning it kills bacteria in your body, and it works to cleanse and rejuvenate your liver. Drinking a cup of parsley tea every morning also helps with menopause, urinary tract infection and sleep disorders.
Dandelions are generally looked at as weeds. However, they provide huge levels of support for your liver’s ability to function, provide bile and rid your body of toxins. It works to cleanse it out completely, yet it doesn’t cause stress to your system. Dandelion has potassium and fiber, two ingredients that aid in the process of digestion. If not straight from the garden, get it in dried herb (root, leaf) or capsule form.
Beets are one of the vegetables that few people really enjoy, which is unfortunate because they contains beta-carotene, a compound that increases your livers ability to function. They offer high levels of antioxidants and numerous cleansing and detoxing nutrients.
Toxicity in our food, and environment, can cause stress to the liver. However, by restoring and maintaining its health and functions, you can get a healthy liver back in action. You can easily incorporate the above foods into your diet, and they can even be combined into a salad on their own!
Do you know of other foods that are particularly liver-beneficial? Please share below!