Limiting sugary foods, increasing water intake and getting lots of rest are all great ways to help your liver function. But, changing your diet is also an easy way to help improve your body — especially after a particularly indulgent time period. As a rule of thumb, you want to focus on eating foods that are rich in antioxidants, that are high in prebiotics and are lower in sodium. So what are some examples?
We’ve put together a quick list of some of popular suggestions to help make your grocery list that much easier. Simply add to your cart and enjoy for a quick liver detox:
(1) Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits not only taste fresh and are a great palette cleanser, but they also offer a hefty dose of vitamin C. In terms of your vital organs, the antioxidants in grapefruit (specifically) can protect the liver by reducing inflammation and increasing its protective mechanisms. Grapefruit contains two primary antioxidants (naringin and naringenin), which may help protect the liver from injury by reducing inflammation and protecting the cells. It also helps stimulate the liver and aid the synthesizing of toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.
We offer whole grapefruits, peeled and ready-to-eat slices and our own fresh, cold-pressed grapefruit juice.
(2) Blueberries & other Berries
It’s no secret that berries are high in antioxidants, which help protect the liver from damage. They may even improve its immune and antioxidant responses. There’s been a big movement toward adding fresh berries and pressed juices to your diet on a regular basis for quite a while now because of all the benefits, and aiding your liver functions is no exception.
Our fresh produce section offers an assortment of berries. We also have our own frozen berries and cold-pressed juices.
Nuts generally contain unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. These compounds may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Eating a handful of nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, each day can help maintain liver health.
(4) Cruciferous Vegetables
Say what? Cruci-fer-who?
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale are all a major source of glutathione, which triggers the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver. Eating these vegetables regularly will increase production of glucosinolate in your system, which helps flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
Steam them, roast them, or eat them raw….any way you like them, just add them to your diet.
We not only love this spice for its vibrant colour, but we’re also a big fan because of the health properties. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it has powerful biological properties. When it comes to your liver, turmeric, contains antioxidants that repair liver cells and can help flush out toxins. It also assists the liver in detoxing metals, while boosting bile production (makes sense because of the colour, although we’re not sure it’s related).
We all know the liver removes toxins from the body. So, finding foods that can help with this process is key. Beets and beetroot juice contains antioxidants, vitamin A, B-6 and iron. These compounds help protect the liver from inflammation and stress while helping it flush toxins from the body.
Beets also contain vitamin C and a healthy dose of fiber which are both natural cleansers for the digestive system. But more impressively, beets stimulate bile flow and boost enzymatic activity.
Garlic is loaded with sulphur, which activates liver enzymes to help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of selenium, which is an essential micronutrient that has been shown to help boost the natural antioxidant enzyme levels in our livers.
According to another list we researched on Wellandgood.com, eating garlic helps activate the liver detox enzymes. Basically, these enzymes assist in breaking down toxins and eliminating them from your system. Garlic also contains 39 different antibacterial agents, making it a great food for protecting your bod against illnesses.
(8) Cold-pressed Oils
Although oils are “fats” some oils are considered a healthy fat. Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, flaxseed and hemp offer great support for the liver. They provide the body with a liquid base that can suck up harmful toxins. It has also been shown to decrease the levels of fat in the liver.
(9) Tea and Coffee
The more you drink something (other than alcohol) the better it is for your liver. Green tea (not extract, but the real stuff) offers great properties for your liver when you drinks 5 or more cups throughout the day. The extra water also helps flush out toxins.
Studies show that when it comes to coffee, it’s good news for java lovers! When your body digests caffeine, it makes a chemical called paraxanthine, which slows the growth of the scar tissue involved in fibrosis. Apparently, this can help fight liver cancer, alcohol-related cirrhosis and non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease.
Resveratrol is a powerful plant compound found in grapes, which happens to be quite valuable in the fight against liver cancer. Studies show that eating grapes, grape seeds or consuming grape seed extract can aid in the fight against liver disease and can help when you need a good reset.
Most studies point to the same 10-15 foods for aiding in liver function and bile production. Hopefully this list helps inspire your grocery shop.
Let us know what else you’d add to the list.