Liver detox is a practice that has gained increased traction in the past few years. But are you wondering why detoxing the liver is so important? A few key reasons why detoxing the liver is beneficial: the liver is the detox powerhouse of the body. Having a healthy liver means a cleaner, healthier body, feeling and looking younger, revved up energy levels and an overall feeling of well-being. Optimizing your liver function aids in weight loss, now that's a plus!
Your liver does a lot of work on a daily basis, so it's important we include foods that stimulate specific liver enzymes to enhance its detoxification process. There are many natural things you can do to keep a healthy liver such as drinking various teas like dandelion root and milk thistle. It's important to always consult with your health care practitioner before beginning and cleansing protocols.
I want to share a few foods in season this spring that can help keep your liver healthy, naturally.
1. Asparagus - Asparagus cooks quickly and goes well with almost any meal - saute it, steam it, grill it, or roast it. It's packed with antioxidants and natural cleansing abilities - so toss some in your morning omelet or use it as a side dish at dinner.
2. Avocados - Avocado is another powerhouse that is easily added to nearly any meal. Use it in your salads, use it to make sauces such as guacamole, and even use it to make a chocolate avocado mousse that you don't have to feel guilty over!
3. Lemons - The oils in the skin of the lemon are a source of a phytonutrient that can help boost the cleansing processes of the liver. Lemons are fantastic for healthy digestion, an immune boost with the Vitamin C content, and another option that's easily added to your daily life. Squeeze lemon in your water, drizzle on top of your salad or cook your veggies in lemon juice.
Naturally cleansing your body can be something you do on a daily basis with foods such as these. Think about which of these three foods you can make a regular part of your daily life. Consider how you might incorporate them into your day. For example: I personally love to add lemon to my water first thing in the morning and drink a cup of dandelion tea at least 2-3 times per week. In the back of my mind I always think, "how can I add more vegetables to my day?" When asparagus is on sale you can bet I will be grabbing a few bundles and enjoying it for the next few days. Do your best to include healthy foods that support your body, you will feel much better for it and your liver will be happy.