The liver is the body’s primary detoxifying organ that works around the clock to keep your system clean.

Well, it turns out that it does not do the miracles without proper diets in the sense that it uses the compounds from foods that we eat to turn toxins into less harmful substances that can safely be excreted.

So, what to do if you have too many toxins in your body? Instead of going for inorganic detoxification methods, try these foods to detox your liver naturally.

1. Artichokes

Artichokes have a lot of phytonutrients like gallic acid and cynarin that work to protect against health risks such as cancer, heart diseases, and liver dysfunction.

They also contain compounds which are known to help stimulate bile flow. Bile is produced by the liver with one of its function being to remove toxins and to deliver them to your colon for elimination. It also stimulates (peristalsis) the movement of food in your gut.

2. Garlic

Garlic has allyl sulfides – sulfur compounds that help the liver undergo Phase 1 reactions. This way, garlic aids in the detoxification of fat-soluble toxins.

3. Beets

Betalains are red and yellow pigments found in beets that help the liver go through Phase II reactions. This is the stage where toxins are modified for excretion in the liver.

The red color in them is a definite sign of health and longevity. Other than the high vitamin concentration, beets also have very high concentrations of antioxidants that help the body.

4. Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of freshwater green algae. It was one of the first algae to be cultivated as food and formulated into supplements. Studies show that chlorella supports the removal of dioxin, a food toxin linked to reproductive problems and cancer thanks to the many nutrients it contains, such as antioxidants, amino acids, protein, mineral, and vitamins.

5. Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables contain plenty of fiber which is important in excretion and the detoxification processes. The presence of both soluble and insoluble fiber supports regularity and toxin removal. The soluble fiber forms a gel-like matrix with water that adds bulk to stool and promotes regular bowel movements.

Cruciferous vegetables also protect against toxic estrogens especially those implicated in hormone-related cancer including breast and prostate cancer.

Include these foods in your diet to detox your liver naturally. Have you tried these or any other detox foods?

Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below!

Egline J., B.A.

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