The holidays have come and gone. After all those champagne toasts and cups of rum and eggnog, you may be feeling like your liver could use a little pick me up to start fresh in the new year.
Luckily, relief is as easy as a quick trip to your local produce aisle. By incorporating these seven foods into your diet, all of which naturally cleanse your liver, your body and your liver will be feeling great for 2016.
Grapefruits are high in vitamin C and antioxidants that cleanse the liver. They also contain compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes, as well as a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.
Beets’ dark red coloring is a sign of its extremely high amount of beta-carotene. Foods high in betacarotene, like beets and carrots, help stimulate and improve liver function.
Walnuts are high in glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids and the amino acid l-arginine, which help support our livers through their cleansing process, oxygenate our blood and cleanse ammonia from the liver.
Garlic is small but mighty in its ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
High levels of a plant antioxidant known as catechins are found in green tea, which aid proper liver function, help eliminate liver fat accumulation and protect the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.
Turmeric is a liver detox powerhouse. This mighty spice assists enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens. It had even been shown to regenerate damaged liver cells.
Dark leafy greens, like spinach, swiss chard and kale, help alkalize the body, an important factor in staying healthy and warding off disease. Leafy greens contain extremely high amounts of chlorophyll and numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals which burden the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.