Eating healthy foods for the liver can improve and support liver
function on a daily basis. Having a healthy liver results in greater
energy and general well-being.
A poorly functioning liver can result in tiredness, headaches, bad
breath, allergies and intolerances, problem skin and weight gain.
Foods that are healthy for the liver fall into two main categories.
First are those that promote the detoxification process of the liver.
And second, are those that are high in antioxidants and therefore
protect the liver while it's carrying out its detoxification
processes. Below are a list of the top eight foods that are considered
to be good for your liver.
Garlic and onions.
Garlic contains allicin which is a sulphur-based compound needed by
the liver for effective detoxification. Garlic helps the liver rid the
body of mercury, certain food additives and the hormone oestrogen.
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower,
These vegetables are very powerful detoxifiers of the liver. They
contain chemicals that neutralise certain toxins such as nitrosamines
found in cigarette smoke and aflotoxin found in peanuts. They also
contain glucosinolates that help the liver to produce enzymes it needs
for its detoxification processes.
Freshly squeezed lemon in hot water.
Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of boiled water first
thing in the morning helps to cleanse the liver and promote
detoxification. It also stimulates bile production, cleanses the
stomach and bowel and stimulates a bowel motion.
It's a blood-purifying tonic that is also capable of absorbing heavy
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In a study done by the US Department of Agriculture at Tuffs
University, it was found that the following list of fruits had the
highest levels of antioxidants (in descending order): Prunes, raisons,
blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges,
pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, apples and pears. Antioxidants help to
protect the liver from the high levels of free radicals that are
naturally produced during the process of detoxification.
Apples contain pectin that bind to heavy metals in the body (in
particular in the colon) and help their excretion. This reduces the
load on the liver and its detoxification capacities.
Increases bile production. One of the jobs of bile is to remove
toxins through the bowel, as well as 'unfriendly' micro-organisms. It
has been suggested that 30 minutes after eating globe artichoke, bile
flow is increased by over 100%.
Bitter leafy salad greens (dandelion, chicory, endive, rocket).
The bitterness of these foods helps to stimulate bile flow within the
Good food for kidneys:
Apples can be eaten raw, baked, or drunk, which makes them a very versatile food. They're good for the kidneys because they reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, giving the kidney less to filter out, which allows them to get rid of more toxins.
Garlic also helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. It also reduces inflammation in the kidneys, which could lead to or worsen kidney disease.
Cranberries are great in salads, smoothies, or as a juice. They contain proanthocyanidin, which is an antioxidant that will help flush out toxins that may be in the kidneys.
Onions contain an antioxidant known as quercitin. This helps to combat free radicals that could damage your kidney, and also helps to detox the kidney, much like cranberries.
To further reduce inflammation of the kidneys, cook with olive oil. It is a great source of oleic acid, a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.