Liver regulates body metabolism. This means whether you are thin or fat depends on how well your liver is functioning. When you eat healthy food, liver remains healthy too and you don’t face problems like gas, bloating and constipation, and your body weight is also kept under check.
But when you overload your body with fried foods and other toxic materials, you make your liver work overtime. And when this happens, liver gets so busy in detoxifying your body that it cannot mobilize fat. As a result it dumps fat and cholesterol back into your bloodstream, disrupting weight loss (by storing fat in belly and hips) and potentially causing many more health problems like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances, headaches, mood swings and depression.
What we mean to say is that a clean, healthy liver is the first step to reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight. It is very important that you keep your liver healthy all the time. And keep detoxifying it from time to time.
When you clean out the toxins from your liver, it ignites fat burning. You turn calories into energy instead of fat, and your liver helps pump excess fat out of your body.
We give you a list of food items that help detox liver:
Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate liver. Lemon is high in vitamin C which aids the body in converting toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system.
It is liver’s favorite spice. It is anti-inflammatory and helps boost liver detox by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens. Curcumin present in Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which helps eliminate liver toxins and repair damaged liver cells. Combined with ginger, turmeric boosts circulation and reduces congestion.
Garlic helps flush heavy metals, nitrogen, and excess hormones from the liver. Garlic contains Allicin which helps in liver detoxification.
Grapefruit seed extract
Grapefruit contains powerful antioxidants that help to flush toxins from liver, and body as a whole.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables like bitter guard, spinach, methi, sarson etc have the ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides and hence offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver. Being high in chlorophyll content, these suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream.
Avocados help the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.
Apple is high in pectin and it holds the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract, thus making it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
When used in moderation, cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for liver. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body, taking some burden off the liver.
Walnuts are high in amino acid arginine and help aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support normal liver-cleansing actions.
Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in the body, adding to enzyme production in the liver, which in-turn help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins. Eating cabbage too helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver-detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins.