If I asked you what the purpose of your liver is, you may say it is a filter. You would be correct but if I asked your liver what it’s purpose is, it would say it exists to keep you ALIVE.
We don’t give much attention to our internal organs until something goes wrong. I am sure it is because we don’t see them like we do our external organs. Our skin is our largest organ and we give it plenty of attention. We are constantly washing it, scrubbing it, toning it, stretching it, reducing it, waxing it, shaving it, and having surgery to change it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could turn ourselves inside out so we could scrub our liver?
Not sure how many of us celebrate Liver Awareness Month but it seems that more emphasis is put on you having a Happy Healthy Heart. The truth is, if your liver ain’t healthy, then your body ain’t healthy, including the heart. Kind of like Momma being happy. Think of your liver as your Momma Organ and do whatever you can to keep Momma Liver happy.
Your Amazing Giver Liver
Your liver works hard to keep you healthy especially if you overwork it. It is crazy amazing! Whatever goes into your mouth is processed through your liver and then it figures out how to best utilize the types of carbs, proteins, and fats you eat by turning them into energy. Then the liver assists in digestion, circulates blood in your body to perform chemical reactions that remove harmful toxins, distributes and stores essential nutrients and detoxifies your blood from carcinogens, like the toxic invader alcohol, over the counter or prescription medications and other harmful food ingredients. Whew! Thank you, Liver!
THE TOP THREE WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER!
You and your liver will become best friends when you,
- Feed it a plant-based diet, rich in antioxidants, which have natural cleansing properties like fiber and water, and non-acidic proteins more beneficial to the body than animal sources.
- Eliminate or significantly reducing all animal foods because of the harmful antibiotics, hormones or a lot of other harmful ingredients your body has to filter out.
- Eliminate all forms of alcohol, refined sugar, excess caffeine, and processed foods.
The TOP TEN ” I LOVE MY LIVER” FOODS
Try to include all of the following foods in your diet. They will aid in your body’s daily cleansing, rejuvenation, detoxification, and nourishment for the liver and all your vital organs.
Beets are the best vegetable to eat to heal your liver. God created foods to mimic the healing benefits they have on the body. For example, red beets look like the color of blood, and coincidentally, they naturally cleanse and purify the blood, which boosts liver function, and nutrient production in your body. Beets are also high in antioxidants and important nutrients including: folate, fiber (in the form of pectin), iron, betaine, betalains, betacyanin, and betanin. Pectin is a soluble form of fiber that’s well known for its cleansing properties and ability to keep you full. Beets’ fibers and nutrients help the body flush toxins that are often stored in our liver so they can be evacuated out of the body instead of reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Here is a link to some of the best beet recipes ever.
Broccoli gives life to your body and its bright green hues indicate the high level of antioxidants and chlorophyll found in the cruciferous veggie. Broccoli is high in fiber that naturally cleanses the body from carcinogens and other toxins. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and other members of the cruciferous veggie family also contain glucosinolates which help the liver produce enzymes to aid in the removal of toxins and aid in digestion. Broccoli is also a good source of fat-soluble Vitamin E, an especially important antioxidant for the liver.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes (along with carrots and winter squash such as butternut and pumpkin) are rich in beta-carotene, which is a natural anti-inflammatory nutrient your body needs! Beta carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body, directly in the liver. It’s important to get your Vitamin A through beta-carotene rich foods in place of supplements. Supplements with too much Vitamin A can be toxic to the liver since Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin (meaning more gets stored then excreted.) Sweet potatoes are also rich in fiber and Vitamin C, other cleansing and immunity-boosting nutrients that help your liver function at its best.
Lemons love your liver and your liver loves them right back! Lemons are a natural cleansing food and essentially one of the best to “get things going” in all areas of your body. Lemons provide a wealth of antioxidants, primarily Vitamin C, and they help your liver produce more enzymes which give you more energy and help with digestion. Lemons are also a natural replacement for salt in the diet since they’re high in electrolytes that support your body but do not dehydrate your cells like sodium does. Lemons are also alkalizing to the body. Once they enter the body, they help neutralize toxins, excrete wastes, and jump start the entire digestive process. Drink lemon water first thing in the morning and before bed. You will feel better immediately.
Your liver loves lentils too! Lentils are rich in fiber, which helps with your body’s cleansing process and they’re also a natural source of plant-based protein. Too much animal protein can be harmful since it is especially hard on the liver. They’re easy to digest, which helps your body use them better for nutrient distribution.
6. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are important to any diet. Your liver needs fat for proper function. Too much fat, (healthy or not) can cause problems with bile production, which then affects the digestion of fats. Healthy fats that are beneficial for your liver include: avocados, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and almonds, along with olives, coconut, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Be sure to avoid most oils, except small amounts of extra virgin olive oil, flax oil or coconut oil.
Apples are rich in pectin, the soluble fiber that helps remove toxins and cholesterol from the blood, which your liver also loves. They’re rich in malic acid, a naturally cleansing nutrient that removes carcinogens and other toxins from the blood. Granny Smith apples are especially rich in malic acid, along with being one of the most antioxidant-rich apple varieties. All apples are great for your liver. Always choose organic apples since they’re one of the top pesticide sprayed fruits.
Garlic is rich in allicin and selenium, two powerhouse nutrients for your liver. They act in cleansing and in nourishing the entire body, especially the blood. Selenium is a naturally detoxifying mineral and allicin helps ward off immune system invaders, which helps lighten the load on your liver. Garlic also activates enzymes in the liver which help with overall digestion and flushing out toxins.
Like garlic, onions are also rich in allicin that flush out the liver and the digestive tract. They’re also packed with potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, and flavonoids that help your body do everything from fight a nasty cold to repel toxic chemicals. To avoid possible indigestion, avoid too many raw onions and give them a gentle cooking.
10. Leafy Greens
The nutritional all-star ingredients for just about every health issue are leafy greens. Like the rest of your body, your liver loves the leafies! Spinach, mustard, kale, chard, romaine, arugula, and collards are some of the most nutrient-dense leafy greens to enjoy. They’re packed with chlorophyll to purify the blood, which assists in liver function and they help neutralize heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and even pesticides that burden the liver. Just be sure to buy organic once again, so you get the benefits. Onegreenplanet.org is a great site for new recipe ideas.
Are you starting to see a healing food’s pattern here? Eat to LIVE my friend!
May your Liver be Scrubbed today!