Cut the Booze & Love Your Liver

Have you ever worried about your liver?  Most people would answer “no” unless they’re heavy drinkers but with the holiday season approaching that often means that alcohol intakes increase and that can take a toll on the liver.

Here are my top 10 foods to help support your liver:

  1. Garlic – high in sulphur, which helps to detoxify the liver.
  2. Cruciferous vegetables – such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are high in Indole 3 Carbinol. Two servings a day helps to balance hormones and reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms by blocking man-made chemicals from converting into estrogen mimickers.
  3. Artichokes – the active ingredient in this cleansing food is caffeoylquinic acid – a carcinogenic inhibitor, which protects and regenerates the liver.
  4. Turmeric – when taken in a high concentration, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat liver and gallbladder disorders.
  5. Dandelion root tea – the liver loves anything bitter. Dandelion root stimulates the production of bile which helps to improve conditions such as liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, hepatitis, gallstones, and jaundice.
  6. Water with lemon – 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 stimulates bowel function.
  7. Beets – for thinning and moving the bile. Aids weight loss and relieves digestive discomfort by improving assimilation of fats and improving gallbladder function.
  8. Apples – contain pectin which binds to heavy metals in the body (in particular in the colon) and helps with their excretion. This reduces the load on the liver and its detoxification capacities.
  9. Bitter salad greens – (dandelion, chicory, arugula, endive) – The bitterness of these foods helps to stimulate bile flow within the liver.
  10. High-fiber foods – such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains are especially helpful in keeping the liver healthy.

Choose one or two foods from this list to eat every day to ensure a well-functioning liver.

If you do happen to have one too many wines or cocktails at the Christmas party then try out this Hangover Helper smoothie from Kris Carr’s new book ‘Crazy Sexy Juice’

 

Hangover Helper

½ frozen banana

1 cup honeydew melon, cubed

½ cucumber, peeled

½ cup watercress, leaves and top parts of stems, tightly packed

1 cup spinach, tightly packed

2 tbsp parsley, tightly packed

½-inch piece ginger, peeled

2 tsp lemon juice

¼ avocado

1 ½ cups coconut water

 

  • Wash and prep all ingredients
  • Blend until smooth and serve

 

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