Did you overdo it this weekend? Help your liver flush away all those toxins by eating these super nutritional, cleansing foods.
We all know the liver is vital. It basically flushes out all the bad stuff. But if you have had a particularly wild weekend (did you spend Sunday under a duvet regretting that fourth/fifth/sixth cocktail on Saturday night?), incorporating the below ingredients into your diet will help.
Garlic is a superstar ingredient. As well as adding delicious flavour to pretty much all cooking, the stinky bulb helps activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It also contains allicin and selenium, which also help to cleanse the liver. Research shows that leaving chopped garlic to sit for a little while before cooking or mixing with other ingredients will help it to contain its health benefits. Onions, both white and red, are also great detox options.
This delicious superfood has so many health benefits, but it’s good for cleansing the liver because it helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for flushing out toxins.
Broccoli, along with other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, pak choi, water cress and kale, is brilliant for helping the liver detox. It contains both vitamins B and C. Eating these foods increases the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver.
A small glass of grapefruit juice is high in vitamin c and helps boost the production of those special enzymes that will flush all the badness out.
Green tea is packed full of antioxidant ingredients called catechins. Caffeine can be harsh on your liver so try swapping your normal tea or coffee for a cup of green tea instead. Your liver will thank you for it.
This spice can help detox your liver by helping to flush out carcinogens. Chop some beef tomatoes and sprinkle turmeric over the top for a super-healthy snack.
Try squeezing half a lemon into a cup of hot water each morning for a homemade tea that will stimulate the liver’s detoxifying powers.
Other liver-cleansing foods to add to your post-weekend shopping list include: beetroot, carrot, leafy greens, apples, olive oil, grains, walnuts, berries, yoghurt and red grapes.
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