You can easily incorporate a liver detox into your daily routine. Yes, it can take a few extra minutes a day, but if you start with just a few routines and add one or two every other day, you will soon have a great liver detox program going. I strongly suggest beginning with the first three to get the ball rolling, then adding the others. Your liver and your body will thank you!
How to detox the liver
Here are some easy ways to help rid your liver of its toxic burden and begin to experience better health and well-being.
Apples or lemons? Start each day by drinking an 8-ounce glass of warm water with 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Do not eat for at least 30 minutes. Lemon and apple cider vinegar both aid digestion by improving stomach levels, detoxify the body, and help maintain the proper pH balance in the body.
Fiber up! Include 2 to 3 tablespoons of insoluble fiber in your diet daily to boost your fiber intake and help cleanse the liver. An added bonus is that the fiber can keep you regular! Insoluble fiber options include ground flax seed, chia seeds, or psyllium husk. Stir them into a smoothie, oatmeal, soup, or use as a salad or vegetable topping. Start slow; begin with 1 tablespoon for the first few days, then increase to 1 ½, 2, 2 ½, and 3 over a period of several weeks.
Avoid fried foods. Besides the high saturated fat content, which stresses the liver, many fried foods, such as French fries and potato chips, as well as coffee and grains can contain acrylamide. This chemical can cause nervous system damage, muscle weakness, and poor muscle coordination.
Maintain good magnesium intake. Magnesium is a mineral that promotes detoxification of the liver. Some terrific food sources are leafy greens (e.g., spinach, Swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, kale), cashews, avocadoes, almonds, bananas, and pumpkin seeds.
Get bitter. Foods such as dandelion greens, arugula, mustard greens, cranberries, dill, kale, turmeric, sesame seeds, and artichokes are bitter plants that promote natural cleansing. How many of them can you include in your diet on a daily basis? The greens are great when steamed and served with dill and sesame seeds!
Support the process. Certain foods contain substances necessary to support the detoxification process. They include foods rich in choline (e.g., eggs, avocados, peanuts, spinach, beets) and sulfur (e.g., broccoli, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, garlic, onions, asparagus, walnuts, peaches, apricots). Include several of these foods in your diet daily when possible.
Eat the peel. Don’t toss the lemon peels after you add fresh lemon juice to your water every morning. They contain a substance called d-limonene, which is a potent detoxifying agent.
Seek selenium. This mineral supports liver function. The number one food source of selenium is the Brazil nut. Just two per day provide enough selenium! If these are not your favorites, try sunflower seeds, oatmeal, mushrooms, and spinach.
Go green. Superfoods such has chlorella, green matcha tea, and spirulina are known for the liver detoxifying abilities. The best way to get chlorella or spirulina is to add them to a smoothie. Matcha tea is great anytime—enjoy several cups daily. Here’s a smoothie recipe to get you started.