Liver cleanse diet

Cleansing the liver is one of the most beneficial things that you can purposely do for your body. Since the liver is the body’s detoxifying machine, it is essential to keep it “oiled” and in perfect working condition so it can perform optimally. Its job is to rid the body of chemicals, toxins, and other waste, but over years of use, its performance becomes sluggish and toxins can easily build up. The fact is, our bodies are exposed to chemicals everywhere we go and almost from everything we use, which makes them impossible to avoid; they’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and some of the products we use. It is without question that a liver cleansing diet will do wonders. If the liver is working well, you will be feeling well. So let’s get a move on!

Different Ways to Cleanse the Liver
There are a few different ways to cleanse the liver, one of which is eating the right foods and adjusting the diet so the liver isn’t getting “toxic” foods. In this case, toxic doesn’t literally mean a deathly food, but there are certain foods that cause more buildup of harmful substances than others. The other two ways are to follow a colon cleanse or liver cleanse program. The main focus of this article is a liver cleansing diet. However, many experts say that the first way to begin any type of liver cleansing is to first get a liver cleanse or colon cleanse and then change eating behaviors.

A Diet for Cleansing the Liver
With all the alcohol, fried foods, processed/packaged foods and not enough fresh produce, the diet of the average American is far too harsh on the liver. It makes sense that eating more natural foods, or as close to the foods’ natural state on earth, would be the best thing to do to get the liver back to its prime; the less processing the food goes through, the better impact it will have on the liver. Even making just a few changes to your diet will improve liver function, but the more food changes you make, the more results you will have.

  • Drink plenty of water. Water is the ultimate cleanser for the body and liver and is essential for a liver cleansing diet. Drink plenty!
  • Go organic. Since organic foods, especially produce, aren’t sprayed with pesticides, all of the nutritional value is still there without all the chemicals and toxins. Go organic whenever possible and you’re liver will thank you.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably in the raw form to get the most benefit out of them. Fruits and vegetables are the best thing you can put into your mouth. All the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants are very important to the cleansing process.
  • Healthy fats. Everyone needs some amount of fat, but the right kind of fat. Unfortunately, there are many wrong kinds that must be avoided on a liver cleanse diet (and they should be avoided no matter what). The good ones include Omega-3 fatty acids (found in seafood—avoid seafood with a high mercury content, walnuts, and almonds) and unsaturated fats (found in avocado, vegetables oils, peanut oil, corn oil, and olive oil).
  • Whole grains. Whole grains contain the right amount of fiber and other nutrients that are great for helping to cleanse the colon. Choose 100% whole grain foods over white flour foods.
  • Avoid salt, sugar, and alcohol. These are the three culprits for a failing liver. Continuously eating these things is like putting garbage into the trash can that you yourself have created. The liver doesn’t have to be a trash can, and it shouldn’t be.
Last updated on Oct 15th, 2010 and filed under Digestive Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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