12 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

12 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

August 23rd, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier

12 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

First, let’s talk about your liver and then we will get to the 12 best foods to cleanse your liver. Not only is your liver the main filter of your body, it is also the work-horse for your body. It is the largest solid organ of your body weighing in at approximately 3.5 pounds. Many natural health practitioners including myself believe that a sluggish and unhealthy liver can actually be the underlying cause of many diseases. Below are some of the many important day-to-day functions of your liver.

  • Immunity against infection
  • Regulates blood clotting
  • Bile production & excretion
  • Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones & drugs
  • Metabolizes fats, proteins & carbohydrates
  • Enzyme activation
  • Stores glycogen, vitamins & minerals
  • Performs over 500 different chemical functions
  • Blood detoxification & purification
  • Filters over a liter of blood each minute

How to Support a Healthy Liver

There are many things you can start doing right now to support healthy liver function including:

  • eating a healthy & organic diet
  • drinking clean water
  • smaller protein consumption
  • watching carbohydrate intake
  • avoiding antibiotics and antacids
  • eliminating alcohol and acetaminophen
  • performing a liver cleanse two-three times yearly
  • being aware of possible prescription medicine effects on the liver
  • avoiding environmental toxins.

RELATED: The Importance of Full Body Cleansing

DID YOU KNOW? A healthy liver has
an anti-depressant effect on your brain!

12 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

It is always wise to make sure that all foods consumed are organic and/or locally grown and non-GMO.

  • Avocado – Avocados contain a good amount of glutathione-producing compounds which can help boost the ability of the liver to cleanse itself. Researchers in Japan have discovered that avocados contain potent chemicals that may reduce liver damage. It has also been suggested that eating one or two avocados per week for as little as 4 weeks can make a tremendous difference in one’s liver health. While avocados are high in fat, much of the fat is of the monounsaturated variety, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Beets – There is evidence that a chemical found in beets can help fight fat deposits (fatty liver disease) in the liver. Beets also contain a chemical that might have antioxidant effects. Beets can also increase nitric oxide in the body.
  • Olive Oil – Extra-virgin olive oil and its extracts protect against oxidative damage of hepatic tissue. Some research shows that olive oil contains powerful antioxidant protection against toxins such as herbicides that can damage the liver.
  • Garlic – Reduces lateral side effects of hyperlipidemia (high lipid levels). Contains many sulfur-containing compounds that are known to activate the liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. Another benefit lies in the presence of both allicin and selenium in garlic, two important nutrients that play an integral role in the protection of the liver from damage. See Health Benefits of Garlic
  • Apples – According to one study, apple polyphenols have a significant protective effect against acute liver toxicity which may be due to their free radical scavenging effect, inhibition of lipid peroxidation, and there ability to increase antioxidant activity.
  • Lemon/Lime – A.F. Beddoe author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, stated that the liver produces more enzymes in response to water with lemon than to any other food. It is said that a morning glass of warm purified water with lemon juice is a natural liver detoxifier.
  • Leafy Greens – Leafy greens contain high antioxidant levels. Among the best are kale, spinach, collards, leafy lettuce, etc.
  • Green Tea – Green tea contains catechins which support liver detoxification and reduce liver redness. Green tea seems to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol. See Health Benefits of Green Tea
  • Walnuts Walnuts are a source of arginine which helps the liver detoxify ammonia, a waste product in the body; they are also a rich source of glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids. Black walnuts help oxygenate the blood and the extract is often used in parasite cleansing formulas.
  • Turmeric – Turmeric is believed to not only protect the liver from damage, but also encourage regeneration of liver cells. In addition, turmeric increases natural bile production. See Health Benefits of Turmeric
  • Grapefruit – Phytonutrients in grapefruit called limonoids inhibit tumor formation by promoting the formation of glutathione-S-transferase, a detoxifying enzyme. This enzyme sparks a reaction in the liver that helps to make toxic compounds more water soluble for excretion from the body.(1) Grapefruit also contains a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.
  • Okra – Okra helps to cleanse the liver: The slimy substance in okra contains substances that bind bile acid and cholesterol to detoxify the liver. Okra contains glutathione which is a protein molecule that is produced naturally in the body. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight against the harmful effects of germs and bacteria. See Health Benefits of Okra

EXTRA INFO. Using a liver detox fresh juice recipe is also an effective way to help cleanse and detox your liver. Check out my special recipe for Liver Detox Juice Recipe – Carrot, Beet, Apple, Celery.

Livatrex Herbal Liver Cleanse

Organic Herbs to Cleanse Your Liver

Incorporating organic herbs in your cooking is another advantageous way in which to cleanse your liver. The following herbs are some of the most effective in cleansing and support your liver.

REFERENCES

(1) http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=25

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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  • innazaretsky

    Very good information. In addition you may want to try Qigong for your liver.

  • Marcy Grencer

    I found out I have a fatty liver and I do not want diabetes so I’m going to take better care of my liver , I was taking tumeric pills but I started getting upset tummy so I stopped can anyone tell me what to do so I can continue to take tumeric and also I don’t think I can have grapefruit because of my blood pressure Meds and I have a pink grapefruit tree but I don’t eat em I could lose more weight if I could ugg I need to lose weight I’m working hard to it’s a whole change in my lifestyle thanks this web site helped me a lot to learn what to eat and stay healthy thank u

  • Stella

    Hi Loretta, Thank you for another interesting article. What about the gall bladder/gallstones? Are there specific healing foods to counteract gallstone formation? All the best.

    • Hi Stella. Monounsaturated fat (found in cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil), omega-3 fatty acids, found in avocados, flaxseed and fish oil, fresh & organic vegetable and fruit juices, apple cider vinegar (raw with the “mother”) and turmeric may lower the risk of developing gallstones. According to Naturopathic doctor, Michael T. Murray, “A low lecithin concentration in the bile may be a causative factor for many individuals with gallstones. Studies have shown that taking as little as 100 mg (milligrams) of lecithin (derived from sunflower) three times per day will increase the concentration of lecithin in the bile, while larger doses (up to 10 g) produce even greater increases.” Hope this helps.

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