Simple Ways to Improve Liver Health

Cruciferous vegetables for liver health

Restoring liver health is key to helping your body heal itself. And if you're up to it, the liver cleanse is one of the fastest ways to get there.

Heal Your Liver with Food

Dietary changes and supplements can nourish your liver and stimulate healing. Some people eliminate gallstones just by eating right.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Fruits and Vegetables (Preferably Raw)

Radishes and onions are good for liver health

Include plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in your diet, raw whenever possible. Make it your goal to enjoy at least one or two servings with every meal.

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, kale, Brussels sprouts), dark leafy green vegetables, garlic, onions, and radishes have a powerful cleansing effect.

Healthy Fats and Oils

Healthy fats and oils are hugely important to optimal liver health. Choose natural oils labeled cold pressed, expeller pressed, or virgin.

Flaxseed is rich with omega-3s but should not be used for cooking. Save it for salad dressings, smoothies, and drizzling raw over meals.

Olive oil is liquid gold. but can be tainted. Some companies cut costs by adding cheaper oils, just enough to keep them off the ingredients list. So go for quality and use olive oil liberally in your cooking and baking.

Other healthy choices include coconut and nut oils, and these can be used in a variety of ways, including high heat. Grass-fed butter or ghee is also very healing.

Love Those Nuts and Seeds

Your liver loves the healthy oils and minerals found in raw nuts and seeds. These make great snacks on their own or sprinkle them over just about whatever you're eating.

Foods to Limit or Avoid

Unhealthy Fats and Oils

Eliminate all trans fat. This artery-clogging nightmare raises bad (LDL) cholesterol, lowers good (HDL) cholesterol, and contributes to many serious health problems including heart disease, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

Always steer clear of margarine, shortening, and other refined vegetable oils. Avoid restaurant fried foods with their toxic recycled oil. 

Refined Sugar, Corn Syrup, and Artificial Sweeteners

Enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit, molasses, honey, coconut sugar, grade B maple syrup, and xylitol, but limit refined white sugar and eliminate artificial sweeteners.

Chemicals, Toxins, and Alcohol

Prepare your own food with quality ingredients you select yourself.

Avoid processed foods with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and choose organic when you can. Limit alcohol, which can damage your liver.

Supplements for Liver Health

There are many supplements that decongest the liver, everything from beet powder and milk thistle to more complex formulas. Here is a list of my favorite liver cleanse products.

One drawback to supplements is the slower pace. If you're up to it, a series of liver cleanses could be your best bet.

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