Written by: Amanda Wilson
It’s just about time for spring cleaning!
This time of the year, we spend so much time and energy cleaning out closets, sweeping up dust bunnies and cleaning behind the fridge (it’s amazing what I find behind there… how does it get there?!).
But what about supporting your very own “Master Cleanser”… your liver?
This important organ has worked hard for you this winter – Nana’s holiday pies, ringing in the New Year with a glass (or five) of champagne and those gooey, fried mozzarella snacks at the super bowl party… Don’t you think you need to show this gem of a system a little love?
The liver filters and detoxifies the blood. It sorts out what’s beneficial and what’s rubbish from what you consume throughout the day. The liver is also the supervisor in charge of fat burning. Your liver is no joke… it’s busy!
If you ingest more toxins than your liver can handle, it absorbs those toxins and becomes damaged. Liver dysfunction leads to chronic poor health, disease and death. According to Chinese medicine, the spring is the ideal time to detox the liver.
So, let’s get out the nutritional equivalent of the broom and dust mop and spring clean your liver!
Start your day with some warm lemon water when the liver is most active. Lemon water is a powerful liver detoxifier and contains more than twenty anti-cancer compounds. Add some lemon juice to your water throughout the day. And try using lemon juice instead of salad dressing!
Parsley helps cleanse the liver of toxins and rejuvenates it. Parsley is also a blood purifier and helps kill bacteria in the body. Try adding some parsley to your smoothies and salads.
Beets promote increased liver function with beta-carotene. Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contain a number of nutrients that have been shown to be cleansing and detoxifying. Try some beet juice as an afternoon pick me up instead of coffee.
Onions activate liver enzymes, which are meant to flush toxins. They contain sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver. Try adding onions to your morning omelet, stir-fry or salads.
Dandelion supports liver function and bile production and can help rid your overtaxed liver of toxins without straining or stressing your system. It contains electrolyte-replenishing potassium and colon cleansing, gut-satiating fiber, which helps to ease the process and is chock-full of nutrients. Try a cup of dandelion tea. Yogi and Traditional Medicinals make great dandelion tea bags.
This toxic world stresses our livers. Restoring a tired liver and maintaining its healthy, cleansing functions are vital for overall health. A poorly functioning liver can be disastrous to your well-being. The above are 5 effective and inexpensive foods that can easily be incorporated into your diet. Give ‘em a try!
A simple, Mediterranean chopped salad would be a GREAT meal option to detox your liver, as it includes most of the foods listed above. Simply mix all of the ingredients and voila, a tasty spring cleaning meal for your liver! You can make a big batch and enjoy it for several days. Add sliced avocado – another liver detoxifying superstar – right before eating. Consider organic produce to ease the liver’s workload as well.
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