The Liver: It’s a large meaty organ weighing about 3 pounds with a size of a football that sits just under your rib cage in the right side of your abdomen.
Its main function is to aid digestion and cleanse the body off of toxins. A healthy liver can detoxify almost everything that a person encounters.
According to MayoClinic.com, unhealthy liver symptoms may include:
- Inability to lose weight even if you’re exercising and eating healthy foods
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin and eyes that appear
- Bloating and gas
- Itchy skin
- Dark urine colour
- Mood swings
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Poor digestion
- Feeling tired and have low energy
A liver cleanse involves avoiding or choosing some specific foods and going on a juice fast. The main purpose of detox is to take off some pressure/load off organs that detoxify the body- liver, kidneys and bowel and at the same time supporting and improving their performance.
What to Avoid
As much as you can, avoid these as the liver finds it difficult to break down
- Artificial sweeteners
- Saturated Fats
- Sugary treats
- Salt-fortified foods
Foods that cleanse the liver
- Cauliflower: studies have shown eating this not only helps cleanse the liver but also prevents liver cancer.
- Leafy Green Vegetables: plant chlorophylls remove the environmental toxins from both the liver and the bloodstream
- Garlic: contains high levels of allicin and selenium, which are two natural components that aid in liver cleansing
- Grapefruit: high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, which help the natural processes that cleanse the liver naturally
- Beets: high levels of plant-flavonoids, eating these naturally increases the functioning of the liver
- Avocado: helps the body produce glutathione, an essential component that allows the body to detoxify the liver
- Carrots: beta-carotene is an essential nutrient that helps increase the overall function of the liver
- Green Tea: packed with plant antioxidants known as catechins that help the liver naturally cleanse itself
- Lemons: because of the high acidic nature, this cleanses harmful toxins from the liver and the rest of the body
- Apples: high in pectin, helps the digestive tract clear out harmful toxins, which aids in liver function
- Olive Oil and coconut oil: provides a lipid base for the body to cleanse the liver
- Quinoa: ensures that the body takes in fewer toxins so liver function is improved
- Millet: for those who suffer from gluten sensitivity, this can help improve liver functionality
- Buckwheat: an excellent source of manganese, which helps improve blood flow and clears toxins out of the liver
- Broccoli: increases the amount of glucosinolate, an essential enzyme that aids in liver function
- Spinach: it is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, pigments, and phytonutrients. Due to the vast range of benefits from this vegetable, it is advisable to consume spinach on a regular basis.