Chances are if you live in America, you have an over-taxed liver. Here’s why: The American diet is full of processed and fried foods, and chemicals that are hard for our livers to process. Not to mention all the environmental pollutants (cough…ummm LA smog). Additionally, if you indulge in alcoholic beverages, caffeine or used to, your liver is crying out for some help.
Here’s the good news, you don’t need to go on some crazy juice cleanse to give your liver a fresh start. Here are 5 foods (and beverages), you can incorporate into your every day life, that naturally detox your liver.
Avocados produce an antioxidant called glutathione, which our liver needs to flush out harmful substances. So dig into that guacamole – it’s a health food!
Drinking grapefruit juice or eating the fruit itself, helps flush toxins out of your liver due it’s high level of vitamin C and antioxidants.
3. SPINACH, KALE ARUGULA, & COLLARD GREENS
Leafy greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream, and neutralize chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals, which takes a load off of your liver.
Garlic activate enzymes that can flush toxins out of your liver. Garlic also contains a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that support liver cleansing.
Water is in charge of the fluid content of your blood (i.e. The thicker your blood, the less fluid – and that’s not a good thing). Not drinking enough water, will increase the thickness of the blood and make it harder for your liver to perform it’s daily function. Simply being hydrated, will take a load off your liver and help it to naturally do what it does, and detox itself. So help your liver out and start drinking your 8 glasses a day.
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