OK, so you’ve heard of it – but what does your liver actually do? It leads the charge in eliminating toxins from your body, it is an eradication powerhouse.
Often we don’t help the liver to do its job for a multitude of reasons that are just happening in our regular everyday lives (THINK 🧐 poor diet, stress, medications, even chemicals & pesticides which are in our food chain). Hmm, so where do the toxins go? Great question – repercussions can be seen in a lot of different areas, such as energy, aging, mental performance, obesity, & hormone balance.
Sounds important right. Some symptoms of a stressed liver 🍎 Poor morning appetite 🍎 Nausea 🍎 Fatigue 🍎 Headaches 🍎 Fluid retention 🍎 Itchy skin 🍎 Hormone imbalances 🍎 & Irritability (as you would be with all that going on!)
Hmm, some of these sound familiar? Whilst there is no magical food that will protect your liver, you can add in liver loving foods as part of a balanced diet & healthy lifestyle. It is only part of the picture, along with maintaining a healthy weight, assisting digestion & reducing cholesterol & blood pressure.
Here are some liver loving foods + a brief why (because I do love a why!)
🍏 Cruciferous vegies such as broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower (stimulates liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins.). PLUS a special mention for some great cabbage based food options THINK 🧐 kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup, & sauerkraut
🍏 Lemons & limes (aids in synthesising toxic materials so they can be absorbed)
🍏 Garlic & onions (activate the liver enzymes)
🍏 Leafy green vegetables THINK 🧐 spinach, rocket AKA arugula, lettuce, chard (increases bile function & flow)
🍏 Beetroot & carrots (stimulate & supports overall liver function)
🍏 Turmeric (honestly it is the liver’s favourite spice)
🍏 Apples (the pectin, cleanse & release toxins from the digestive tract making it easier for the liver to do its thing)
🍏 Oily fish such as salmon, herring or mackerel, alternatively use fish oils (reduces inflammation & increases liver function)
🍏 Avocados (produces glutathione to help cleanse)
🍏 Olive oil (an alternative lipid base to absorb the toxins)
A few easy options to add into your diet & show that liver some 💗 💗 💗.
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