Best Foods for a Liver Detox



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

  • Clearer skin

  • Aids in fat burning

  • Supports metabolism

  • Boost immunity

  • Prevents fatty liver disease

  • Improves digestion


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.

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