If most of your “holiday cheer” came at you in a glass this holiday season, you may be in need of a liver detox. The liver is the body’s natural detox system. It is responsible for breaking down harmful toxins that are found in the air we breathe, as well as metabolic waste from food and alcohol.
The liver works by eliminating toxins from the blood, digestion of sugar substitutes, metabolism of alcohol, converts glucose into stored energy, regulates hormones, converts vitamin D to its active form, and deactivates the stress hormone, cortisol.
Benefits of a liver detox
Improved energy levels
Aids in fat burning
Prevents fatty liver disease
Liver Cleansing Foods:
Beets - powerful antioxidant
Basil - improve liver enzyme production and function
Dark leafy greens - high in phytonutrients e.g. saponins and flavonoids
Asparagus - contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant
Radish - contain diastase, an enzyme that aids digestion of starches
Grapefruit - high in vitamin C and lycopene
Lemon - high in vitamin C and limonin, anti-cancer compound
Apples - rich in pectin, helps remove toxins and cholesterol from the blood
Cabbage - The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the effects of dehydration from liver intoxication
To help detox your liver after a night out, or from overindulgence of party snacks, eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables every day provides the body with more nutrients than any supplement on the market.
Follow the link if you would like more information on how to do a liver detox, or if you would like to take part in LKN's Liver Detox Challenge starting on January 8th.