Did you know that the liver’s job is to filter and neutralize the harmful substances in your body so that they do not do any damage? When there is a toxic buildup in the liver and gallbladder, the body can start to experience physical reactions such as exhaustion, colds, weight gain, and depression. When imbalances exist in the body, it is not uncommon to experience feelings of anger, headaches, rashes, and/or sleepless nights. With over 500 metabolic processes, the liver is the ‘Master Detoxer’ of the body. When the liver is congested, your digestion is impaired which results in a toxic overload.
Dark, leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach are all wonderful choices for the liver. Other vegetables that are especially productive in assisting the detoxification process include:
Artichoke: A wonderful choice for the liver and the gallbladder because it increases bile flow.
Asparagus: Helps cleanse the kidneys and reduces water retention. It is also a rich source of folate as well as being high in glutathione, a vital antioxidant for detox.
Dandelion: Stimulates the digestive juices. Helps to digest fats and supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. You can juice with dandelion leaves, cook with dandelion leaves, and drink dandelion tea.
Garlic: Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer. Garlic is one of the best antioxidants and is vital for proper detoxification.
Nettles: Rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and a natural source of iron. Nettle is also fabulous for strengthening the liver, adrenals, and kidneys. Wonderful in tea form, can be taken up to 3 times a day for extra nourishment during a detox.
Peas: Rich in vegan protein and packed with essential nutrients. An ideal food to substitute for heavier protein sources during a detox or a liver cleansing diet.
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