Your liver is probably more important to your health than you think. It provides the main way your body is able to get rid of dangerous toxins in your body. Throughout the day, your liver is constantly working to filter out poisons that enter through your skin, digestive system and respiratory system. At times though, it can get wore down from working too hard. This happens when too many toxins are constantly flowing in.
Bad news. Your liver, as well as other systems in your body get thrown out of whack and you significantly compromise your health.
In order to stay healthy, your liver needs to be able to do its job. So it’s important that you understand how it works and how you can help keep it running properly. If you don’t, your body won’t be able to absorb the important nutrients it needs. It won’t be able to expel toxins. When you consider that the health and condition of your joints, brain, eyes, heart and kidneys all rely on a healthy liver it’s easy to see why it’s so important.
So what can you eat to help keep your liver in good working condition? Here are just a few…
The 4 G’s
Garlic: Garlic has two potent nutrients that have been shown to provide protection for your liver from toxic damage: selenium and allicin. Garlic also has a number of sulfur-containin compounds. These compounds kick-start liver enzymes that make it possible to flush out toxins.
Grapefruit: Antioxidants and vitamin C play an important role in cleansing your liver and grapefruit has both. A bonus? Grapefuit has naringenin, a flavonoid compound that gives your liver the ability to burn off fat instead of storing it (great news if you want to lose weight).
Green veggies: Leafy green veggies are good for you for many reasons. The most important reason they’re good for your liver is that they break down heavy metals that can otherwise put extensive stress on your liver. Examples of leafy greens to eat include spinach, arugula, mustard greens and gourd.
Green tea: Green tea prevents toxins that can build up and damage your liver. Plus, it also prevents fat from building up on your liver, which of course means it can function better.
The Last 3 Foods
Walnuts: Your liver can accumulate unhealthy amounts of ammonia that lead to disease. But you can prevent that with walnuts, as they contain many ingredients that fight against this: amino acid, omega-3 fatty acids, glutathione and l-arginine. An additional benefit is that it helps get the oxygen into your blood that’s needed.
Avocados: Your liver will cleanse more effectively if you eat avocados. In fact, some experts believe that if you can eat just a couple per week for a month and fix a liver that’s been damaged.
Turmeric: We saved possibly the best for last. Not only can turmeric act as a barrier to toxic liver damage, but damaged liver cells can even be regenerated.