With summer just around the corner, we could use a bit of a refresh and detox to feel good again.
Liver detoxing doesn’t have to involve an extreme diet or juice cleanse. A gentler approach can be taken by including more whole foods into your diet which have been known to benefit the liver. Try incorporating the foods listed below for a detoxifying boost!
Eating garlic helps activate liver detox enzymes. These enzymes break down toxins and help the liver flush them out of your body. It also contains selenium – a mineral known to detoxify the liver.
When it comes to garlic, the fresher, the better. We recommend buying and using fresh garlic whenever possible.
Not only are apples high in fiber and water content, but they also contain pectin, a chemical that helps cleanse and remove toxins from the digestive tract. With fewer toxins to manage, the liver can better cleanse the rest of your body.
When buying apples, opt for organic. Apples have made it on The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list many years in a row.
Dr Tobias Health Tip: Each year EWG releases an updated dirty dozen list. Keep the Dirty Dozen list in mind when buying produce to avoid harmful pesticides.
Berries are liver-friendly as they’re packed with antioxidants. They contain organic acids believed to help lower blood sugar levels, burn fat, and cleanse the liver.
Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all great for the liver. We recommend wild blueberries over cultivated blueberries as they’re much higher in antioxidant properties.
Walnuts are rich in arginine, an amino acid that helps your body flush out toxic byproducts from alcohol and ammonia. Walnuts also contain glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support natural liver cleansing.
Artichokes are seriously underrated! They contain chemical functions that help the liver neutralize toxins before they reach your brain or heart. Artichokes also stimulate bile flow, which helps carry toxins from the liver out of your body.
Dr Tobias Health Tip: One artichoke contains nearly 25% of your daily recommended fiber intake and 16 essential nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and more.
6. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a flowering herb. Silymarin is the main active ingredient found in milk thistle. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant known to support and maintain healthy liver function.
If you’re looking for a more advanced detox method, check out our Liver 21 Day Cleanse. It’s formulated with artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion, antioxidants, and enzymes to help cleanse and repair the liver.