The liver is a remarkable organ. While learning about the liver I gained much respect for all the hard work it does to keep us alive. It may surprise you that the liver is the secount largest organ in the body and when full it holds 10% of your blood and pumps 1.5 liters per minute. Your liver is the regulator of plasma, glucose and ammonia levels. When these chemicals get out of control they can contribute to a condition know as Hepatic Encephalopathy and this can eventually lead to a coma. Your brain depends on a healthy liver.
BILE IS NOT VILE
Your liver can produce 700 to a 1000 ml of bile every day. Bile is the key to your bodies ability to break down foods and absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the small intestine. Many waste products, including bilirubin, are eliminated from the body by secretion into bile, then eliminated via feces. Okay, let’s move on from the poop talk.
According to the Huffington Post, garlic helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It also has high levels of the natural compounds allicin and selenium, which aid in liver cleansing… In addition, garlic also contains arginine. The amino acid arginine changes into nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels relax and also improves circulation. Some evidence shows that arginine may help improve blood flow in the arteries of the heart.
Contains glucosinolate, which helps the liver produce detoxifying enzymes. They also contain sulfur compounds that aid with liver health. Leafy vegetables are also high in chlorophyll, which leaches toxins out of the blood stream.
3. BEETS AND BEET STEMS
Beets contain a group of phytonutrients called betalains that support detoxification through an important phase 2 detox step in the liver. When your liver is able to detoxify chemicals and toxins more effectively, your body is better able to balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels.
Asparagus also has more than 1 gram of soluble fiber per cup, which lowers the risk of heart disease, and contains the amino acid asparagine which helps flush your body of excess salt. Lastly, asparagus has excellent anti-inflammatory effects and high levels of antioxidants, both of which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is also used for preventing kidney or bladder stones and anemia due to folic acid deficiency. Your kidney and liver work simultaneously to clean the body. Eating to much asparagus can produce a pungent odor in the urine.
Radishes contain a special compound known as RsPHGPx that acts as an antioxidant in the phase 2 liver detoxification pathways. Excellent source of potassium and a powerful antioxidant.
Helps combat inflammation according to the NCCIH. It’s commonly used as a dietary supplement today with claims that it can have positive effects on reducing inflammation and arthritis as well as a reduction in stomach, skin, liver, and gallbladder issues. Some short-term studies suggest that moderate doses of curcumin may be helpful for people with certain liver conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Eat your broccoli regularly to protect against liver cancer. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts may increase the liver’s natural detoxification enzymes, help protect it from damage and improve blood levels of liver enzymes.
8. COLLARD GREENS
Free radicals are molecules that can damage your cells and cause problems, including liver disease. Substances called antioxidants can help get rid of them. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collards are loaded with antioxidants. They’re also packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and other things your liver needs.
Ginger is used in many popular cleansing programs as it is thought to cleanse the body by stimulating digestion, circulation, and sweating. Its digestive actions may serve to cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver, and other organs. Fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common chronic liver diseases worldwide. The pathogenesis of this disease is closely associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Ginger can have hypolipidemic antioxidant effects and act as an insulin sensitizer.
10. PAPAYA LEAF
A compound found in papaya leaf is acetogenin which can help prevent dangerous disease like malaria and dengue. Just like papaya fruit, the papaya leaf juice also acts as a potent cleansing agent for the liver, thereby healing many chronic liver diseases, jaundice and liver cirrhosis. You probably won’t fine these leaves is your local grocery store but if you live somewhere tropical you might be lucky to find it growing outdoors.