Foods That Detox the Liver

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!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that you can add to most food dishes. This makes it very easy to incorporate into your diet. This spice helps to purge different toxins out of your body. You need to try to purchase this spice from a trustworthy source, as it can actually be contaminated if purchased from certain places. Turmeric can help your gallbladder to work more efficiently. The gallbladder works like the liver does in that it helps cleanse your body.

2. Grapefruit

Grapefruit has a high vitamin C content. It also contains quite a bit of antioxidant. Both of these are wonderful when assisting in the detoxification of your liver. Grapefruit works by helping your body create enzymes that help your liver. It also helps your liver to become more efficient in burning fat.

3. Onions

Onions are not only deliciously sweet, but they activate the enzymes in the liver that flush out unwanted pathogens. They 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.

4. Parsley

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. 

5. Dandelion

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.

6. Lemons

Lemons are known for their powerful qualities. They have over 20 anti-cancer compounds and provides powerful detox action to the liver. Lemons clean out your system gently, yet efficiently.

7. Beets

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.

8. Artichokes

Artichokes are very good for your body and your liver. They will also do a fantastic job helping detox your liver. Artichokes are high in fiber. Antioxidants are equally abundant in artichokes. As you consume these, they help the cells of your liver to regenerate.

9. Avocados

These are also very high in antioxidants. Avocado is a food that has a soft texture. You can replace different fats that you may typically cook with by using avocados. You may even choose to use avocado as a spread or topping for salads and sandwiches.

10. Flaxseed

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil has become increasingly popular in the food industry. This food greatly helps reduce bad cholesterol in your body. It is also very high in fiber. Flaxseed helps prevent inflammation. The best way to incorporate flaxseed into your diet is by using it as an oil, or as a topping for different foods.

11. Watercress

This has quickly become recognized as a superfood, and for good reason. There are tons of different vitamins and minerals that can be found in watercress. If you want to get added B vitamins in your diet, this is a good place to start. You can also use watercress to help rid your body naturally of wastes that have built up over time.

12. Olive Oil

Olive oil can be used as a great substitute for different animal fats that you may choose to consume on a regular basis. This can help reduce the amount of fat in and around your liver. It is high in antioxidants. You can also use this as a cooking oil.

13. Green Tea

Green tea is a great option for those who are trying to detoxify their bodies. It is full of antioxidants. It can help stop the body from accumulating unnecessary fats around the liver. Green tea also has some caffeine in it. This tea is readily available in almost all markets or grocery stores.

14. Spinach

Spinach is a wonderful choice if you are trying to detoxify your liver. It is full of antioxidants. You can also consume spinach in a salad, or you can cook it. You may even choose to add some spinach to your favorite smoothie. 

15. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be used in ways that are similar to flaxseeds. You can add them as a topping to various foods. They are a great source of fiber. They also aid in detoxifying your body. Eating chia seeds can also help you get numerous nutrients that your body needs.

16. Seaweed

Seaweed is a food that you may have a hard time finding on most menus. However, it can greatly assist in detoxifying your body. It actually works by absorbing different toxins that can be found inside your body. It is typically found in Asian restaurants, more notably those that serve sushi.

17. Walnuts

Walnuts are full of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these are very good for your liver. This food greatly helps to rid your body of ammonia. One benefit of walnuts is that they help your body carry more oxygen to the blood.

18. Tomatoes

The great thing about tomatoes is that you can add them to almost any dish that you cook. They go along well with almost anything. You can use them within a food that you cook, or you can add them as a side dish. They go well in soups, salads, and sandwiches as well. Tomatoes are full of antioxidants.

19. Cabbage

Cabbage is another food that can be used in similar ways to tomatoes. You can add cabbage to a multitude of different foods. This food is extremely high in fiber. By having so much fiber, it will help cleanse your system and your liver. 

20. Broccoli

Broccoli is another leafy green vegetable that can greatly assist in the cleansing of your liver. Different minerals that are found in broccoli can help release toxins from your bloodstream as well.

21. Cumin

Cumin is another spice that you can add to many different dishes. It stimulates your body in such a way that it helps to produce more bile. Bile helps your body break down different fats as well.

22. Cilantro

Cilantro is the type of food that has a very distinct taste. Either you love the taste of cilantro, or you hate it. There’s really not much in terms of a middle ground. By consuming cilantro, you are helping your body rid itself of different toxic substances, such as mercury.

Toxicity in our food and the 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!


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3 Response Comments

  • Rose Meri Day  January 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    My son in law has fat on his liver, was told to duet and lose weight. Any suggestions?

    • Sasha  January 24, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Rose Meri,

      We are not medical doctors; however, drinking adequate amount of water, dieting and exercise are practical ways to help correct this condition. Along with the liver-friendly foods mentioned here, it’s also important to add lots of organic vegetables to his everyday diet. An easy way to do this is by juicing.



  • surya  October 30, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Great informtion so useful for all


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