5 Foods That Are Good For Your Liver
Your liver works tirelessly for you every single day detoxifying substances which may be harmful to you if allowed to accumulate, these can come from external sources such as pollution, pesticides, alcohol, drugs, caffeine (yep, I said it), refined sugars and trans fats or made within the body itself such as hormones like cholesterol and oestrogen or bile salts from fat metabolism. This all occurs whether you are doing a detox diet or not!
Fundamentally this is simply a process of transformation and elimination – How efficiently it happens is dependent on how we treat ourselves and what we are exposed to.
So send your liver some serious nourishment and a little bit of love with these five powerhouse foods.
1. Cruciferous vegetables
These brassicas contain phytonutrients which support phase-2 liver enzymes, especially the oestrogen detox pathway. We’re talking brussel sprouts, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach – too many beauties in this family to single out just one, so even if you have a serious aversion to one just pick your favourites and remember adding variety and colour to your plate increases your nutrition and eating enjoyment.
2. Oysters and other zinc rich foods
If you think alcohol is going to be one of your main liver loaders then zinc is an important mineral to top up on. It is involved in over 200 enzyme systems in the body (lots of them occurring in your liver), is critical for normal growth, cell division and tissue repair. Pepitas are also rich in zinc!
Probably not the favourite for most people, but of all nuts these beauties contain the most omega-3 fats, are a rich source in glutathione, a potent antioxidant, and contain the amino acid arginine, which assists blood circulation and the cleansing ability of the liver.
Typically consumed as dandelion root tea it is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, polyphenols, and high levels of potassium. It has a bitter taste and stimulates digestion while helping rid the liver of toxins.
5. Kombucha tea
While most evidence is anecdotal, Kombucha tea is said to contain a host of beneficial acids including gluconic and glucoronic acid which helps to reduce the toxic load on the liver by forming unbreakable bonds to toxicants aiding elimination. Plus it is fun to make and drink and provides a yummy alternative to other liver loaders such as alcohol, soft drink or coffee.
Understanding Nutrition, Whitney & Rolfes.
http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz – Debra Betts
Kombucha Kamp: https://www.kombuchakamp.com/health-benefits-of-kombucha
Hollman, PCH 2001, Evidence for the Benefits of Plants Phenols: Local or Systemic Effects, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 81, pp. 842-852