Natural tips for successful liver detox

The liver is one of the body´s most vital organs with incredible multi-tasking skills. If we put the wrong substances into our bodies, this puts even more strain on an already overworked liver. This post highlights some natural remedies to detox your liver.

Not only is the liver one of the hardest, working organs in the body, but it is also resilient. The liver keeps working even while injured and finds ways to keep going. If the liver doesn´t function properly, this could cause some serious health problems and may compromise your immune system.

Natural liver cleansing foods

Nature gives us many fruits and vegetables full of nutrients to equip all of our organs with exactly what they need, and the liver is no exception.

Some natural liver cleansing foods include:

  • leafy greens (kale, spinach) rich in antioxidants
  • cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower) can trigger cleaning enzymes
  • oatmeal and grains (whole grains) contain fiber and antioxidants
  • brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley
  • citrus fruits (lemon, lime, oranges, grapefruit)
  • fatty fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel rich in Omega 3 fatty acids) fatty acids reduce inflammation
  • garlic (sulfur compounds are essential for liver support; help flush out toxins)
  • fruit and vegetables (full of powerful nutrients, nature´s finest)

Some additional tips

Replace unhealthy oils with healthier ones like extra virgin olive oil.

Consume enough protein but don´t overdo it (2 servings per week is acceptable).

Incorporate fiber and essential fatty acids.

Engage in physical activity at least 3x a week.

Prevention is very effective for treating liver diseases. Diet, exercise, and some other lifestyle/behavioral changes (avoid illicit drug use, alcohol consumption, and smoking) are big components of prevention.

Beverages

Tees

Green tea

Reduces cholesterol in the body (beware, people with anemia-related conditions should limit use)

Turmeric and ginger

Protects the liver from damage, repairs liver cells and boosts bile production (too much could lead to stomach problems or diarrhea).

Milk thistle

Protects the liver from damage by toxins, disease, and inflammation. Antioxidant properties prevent free radical formation.

Drinks

Apple cider shots

Take 1 tablespoon of apple cider (or a shot glass) on an empty stomach (morning) if you can stand the taste.

Cranberry drink

Boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Then add 2-3 tablespoons of dried cranberries. Simmer for around 20 minutes. Let cool and then strain. Enjoy.

Celery juice

Chop 4-5 celery stalks and place them in a blender, chop some parsley, and add 1 cup of coconut water for flavor. Or add 1 cup of brewed green tea blend instead and enjoy.

Smoothie

There are many varieties of smoothies to choose from. Here are just a few.

Banana and berry smoothie

  • Cut 2 bananas into small pieces, then place them in a blender.
  • Add ½ a cup of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
  • You can add a cup of milk/almond/ soy milk. Blend and enjoy.

Pineapple, celery, ginger

  • Cut ½ a pineapple into pieces.
  • Chop 5 stalks of celery into pieces.
  • Put 1 teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • Add 1 cup of water/coconut water and blend.

Beetroot and berries

  • Chop 1 cooked beetroot and put in the blender
  • Add 1 cup of berries (your choice) to the blender.
  • Add 1 cup of water. Blend and enjoy.

Apricot and cantaloupe

  • Chop 3-4 apricots.
  • Chop ½ a cantaloupe.
  • Chop 2 cooked carrots.
  • Add 1 cup of coconut water.
  • Blend and enjoy.

Soups

Carrots and broccoli soup

  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1-2 medium red beet
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes

Directions

  • Chop carrots, broccoli, beets, and cauliflower and put to a boil with 2 cups of water with the vegetable stock cubes.
  • In 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, fry the chopped onion and garlic.
  • Pour the freshly fried onion and garlic into the pan with the other ingredients.
  • Cook for 20 minutes and enjoy.

Broccoli soup

  • Chop 2 cups of broccoli
  • Chop 2 cups of celery
  • Chop 3 medium-large carrots
  • Add 1 cup of kale
  • Chop 2 onions
  • Chop 2 garlic cloves
  • Pour all the ingredients into a pan with 3 cups of water.
  • Add salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste.
  • Add 2 cubes of vegetable stock.
  • Add 1 teaspoon coconut milk.
  • Boil for 20 minutes and enjoy.

Conclusion

Liver diseases are on the rise. The liver is a very important organ that filters the substances we ingest. Lifestyle changes can overturn some liver conditions. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Exercise at least 3x a week.

If you can´t do any strenuous exercises for health purposes, you can take a walk to the park or walk around your neighborhood for at least 30 minutes.

Avoid smoking, and drug use, and keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum (some people may even have to give it up for a while to allow the liver to heal depending on how severe the damage is).

It is best to get most of your nutrients from your meals. A healthy lifestyle change can support your liver health. The liver is hardworking, and you do not want to put more stress on it than it already has.

Make smart choices and improve your liver health today!

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4 thoughts on “Natural tips for successful liver detox”

  1. Looking at the foods you are recommending for the liver detox, they are mostly healthy foods that we should all be eating on a daily basis in any case. Why most people only want to eat these foods when they are facing a health crisis is beyond me.

    I also know that cranberry juice and green tea are both super healthy beverages that we should all be consuming instead of all the caffeine that we all overdose on. 

    Everything in moderation, and you can still enjoy your favorites, as long as you add more healthy choices into the mix.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Michel, for your contribution. Congratulations on choosing a healthier lifestyle.

      Unfortunately, not everyone adheres to a healthy lifestyle. This is why chronic diseases are on the rise.

      Yes, you are right we can substitute healthier beverages and water and limit or eliminate beverages that are full of sugar. I believe some people need to be encouraged to change their lifestyles to healthier ones.

      We, at EHLC, hope that more and more people will see the importance of changing their lives for the better. Why live a normal life when you can live an extraordinary one?

      Cheers,

      Dana

      Reply
  2. In fact, liver diseases are more common today. I also know a few people who have liver disease. They suffer a lot because of this. 

     In this post, you have shown some valuable drinks, soups, and meals to promote liver health. I have heard before that turmeric is very good for this disease. 

    Thanks so much for posting such valuable posts. Keep up the good content.

    Reply

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