The liver is essential to the proper functioning of the body. It acts to purify the blood of accumulated toxins, produces the digestive substances and stores the vitamins and minerals to be redistributed through the body.
Yet, without knowing it, you are daily exposed to many toxins that can damage your liver.
My Liver Exam offers you a list of foods that can help your liver transform toxins into less harmful substances. Not only can these foods make you feel better, they may also help the liver perform its functions and also, help to regenerate its cells easily.
Avocados, tomatoes and spinach
The avocado is rich in glutathione. This substance is present throughout the body, and its function is to protect cells against oxidation, and to detoxify our body from heavy metals. (1). Like tomatoes and spinach for example, it stimulates the production of liver and digestive enzymes as well as liver activity.
Beets and carrots
Beets and carrots are also rich in glutathione. Eating these two foods rich in flavonoids and beta-carotene helps the liver to regenerate and perform its purification role.
Thanks to their diuretic function, they help the cleansing process by activating the functions of the liver and kidneys that eliminate the toxins.
Green leafy vegetables
Green vegetables are extremely rich in chlorophyll. This assimilative pigment is capable of absorbing toxins from the environment and purifying blood from heavy metals.
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cress, turnips, radishes
Eating broccoli and cauliflower increases the production of glucosinolate enzymes in the body, helping to eliminate carcinogens and other toxins.
Apples, rich in pectin, facilitate the process of cleansing the liver. Apple juice (organic) is also recommended for liver detoxification. (2)
Plants and infusions
In this family, we can first find the dandelion root herbs that help the liver to break down the fat, to produce amino acids by ridding it of the toxins.
Green tea is also a supply of antioxidants such as catechins, an important compound for liver function. (3) Indeed, its molecules are powerful antioxidants that help prevent certain inflammatory diseases. (4)
Finally, the rosemary infusion allows it to stimulate the production of bile which helps in digestion and limits liver problems.
Recipe idea: Infuse 2 g of rosemary in 15 cl of boiling water for 10 minutes and consume 1 to 2 cups per day. (5)
Citrus fruits are another source of glutathione rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They stimulate the production of liver and bile detoxification enzymes and improve the process of cleansing the liver. The family includes grapefruit and lemon. A citrus cure is recommended to help with digestion, decomposition of fat and activate the diuretic function. (6)
Curcuma and other spices
Curcuma is a root from India that has many curative properties. It participates in the detoxification of the liver by stimulating the production of bile and releasing the liver ducts. It also acts on the detection of allergies present in certain foods that we consume.
Our infusion advice: put two teaspoons of turmeric root in a bowl, boil for 3 minutes then infuse 10 minutes. It is recommended that you consume 2 to 3 bowls to enjoy its benefits. (7)
Among other spices and plants, garlic plays a protective role in the detoxification of the liver. It is composed of sulfur which activates the liver enzymes contributing to the elimination of toxins in the body. Garlic has high amounts of natural ingredients like allicin and selenium that help cleanse the liver.
Nuts are a good source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids that help the liver evacuate ammonia, the substance responsible for certain diseases. They also promote blood oxygenation.
A diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, citrus fruits and spices will help to detoxify your liver. Before starting a natural detoxification of the liver, ask a nutritionist for advice. Indeed, the recommended consumption of certain foods may vary according to the individual: body size, age, size … Sometimes it can even be discouraged, hence the importance of asking the opinion of a specialist.
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- (2) https://www.agirsante.fr/preparation.html
- (3) http://www.maplante.com/19-aliments-nettoient-foie-toxines/
- (4) https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%C3%A9chine
- (5) http://www.lasantedanslassiette.com/au-menu/articles/aliments-foie.html
- (6) http://www.topsante.com/medecine/medecines-douces/phytotherapie/detox-nettoyer-son-foie-naturellement-247277
- (7) http://www.plantes-et-sante.fr/remedes/les-nombreux-bienfaits-du-curcuma