Five foods to gently detox your liver

Opinion Jul 03, 2015 by Tanya Fraser Norfolk News

As soon as the warm weather hits, we have this natural urge to shed our winter coats – and a few pounds.

We do this by cleansing and eating lighter foods, and we might do a detox. Sometimes these detoxes can be quite intense, lasting 10, 21 or even 30 days. However, there are foods you can consume daily to help give you a gentle liver detox. And I’m all about doing small steps regularly for huge impact.

The liver is a very important part of our well-being and overall health. It has over 500 functions; no wonder the poor little guy can get sluggish and tired from time to time.

Having a well-functioning liver can help cut many serious health problems. There are numerous foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally, but here are five foods that I personally enjoy and are easy to add to you diet because they can be found all year round.

Lemons

Juicing half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and an excellent wake-up call for the liver. It also helps expel mucus from your chest and gives the bowel a good boost of activity.

Grapefruit

High in vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes that flush out carcinogens and other nasty toxins. It should be freshly squeezed, since store-bought juice could have added sugars.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating vegetables such as broccoli (my favourite veggie) and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolates (chemicals with anticancer properties) in your system, adding to increased enzyme production in the liver, which lowers our risk of cancer.

Leafy Greens

One of the most powerful aids in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, juiced or thrown in smoothies. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up toxins from the bloodstream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods are powerful and protective for the liver. Adding more bitter leafy greens – such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and kale – to your diet will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that helps digest fats and remove waste and toxins from our organs and blood. An easy way to add these greens is to put them in smoothies.

Avocados

This one might be surprising because of its fat content, but this mighty super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant the liver uses to cleanse toxins and heavy metals. To get the greatest benefits for liver health, avocados must be eaten regularly.

Tanya Fraser, RHN is your local holistic nutritionist and personal trainer with No. 1 health podcast on iTunes. Visit Tanya at her virtual home at tanyafraser.ca and say hello.

Five foods to gently detox your liver

Opinion Jul 03, 2015 by Tanya Fraser Norfolk News

As soon as the warm weather hits, we have this natural urge to shed our winter coats – and a few pounds.

We do this by cleansing and eating lighter foods, and we might do a detox. Sometimes these detoxes can be quite intense, lasting 10, 21 or even 30 days. However, there are foods you can consume daily to help give you a gentle liver detox. And I’m all about doing small steps regularly for huge impact.

The liver is a very important part of our well-being and overall health. It has over 500 functions; no wonder the poor little guy can get sluggish and tired from time to time.

Having a well-functioning liver can help cut many serious health problems. There are numerous foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally, but here are five foods that I personally enjoy and are easy to add to you diet because they can be found all year round.

Lemons

Juicing half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and an excellent wake-up call for the liver. It also helps expel mucus from your chest and gives the bowel a good boost of activity.

Grapefruit

High in vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes that flush out carcinogens and other nasty toxins. It should be freshly squeezed, since store-bought juice could have added sugars.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating vegetables such as broccoli (my favourite veggie) and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolates (chemicals with anticancer properties) in your system, adding to increased enzyme production in the liver, which lowers our risk of cancer.

Leafy Greens

One of the most powerful aids in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, juiced or thrown in smoothies. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up toxins from the bloodstream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods are powerful and protective for the liver. Adding more bitter leafy greens – such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and kale – to your diet will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that helps digest fats and remove waste and toxins from our organs and blood. An easy way to add these greens is to put them in smoothies.

Avocados

This one might be surprising because of its fat content, but this mighty super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant the liver uses to cleanse toxins and heavy metals. To get the greatest benefits for liver health, avocados must be eaten regularly.

Tanya Fraser, RHN is your local holistic nutritionist and personal trainer with No. 1 health podcast on iTunes. Visit Tanya at her virtual home at tanyafraser.ca and say hello.

Five foods to gently detox your liver

Opinion Jul 03, 2015 by Tanya Fraser Norfolk News

As soon as the warm weather hits, we have this natural urge to shed our winter coats – and a few pounds.

We do this by cleansing and eating lighter foods, and we might do a detox. Sometimes these detoxes can be quite intense, lasting 10, 21 or even 30 days. However, there are foods you can consume daily to help give you a gentle liver detox. And I’m all about doing small steps regularly for huge impact.

The liver is a very important part of our well-being and overall health. It has over 500 functions; no wonder the poor little guy can get sluggish and tired from time to time.

Having a well-functioning liver can help cut many serious health problems. There are numerous foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally, but here are five foods that I personally enjoy and are easy to add to you diet because they can be found all year round.

Lemons

Juicing half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and an excellent wake-up call for the liver. It also helps expel mucus from your chest and gives the bowel a good boost of activity.

Grapefruit

High in vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes that flush out carcinogens and other nasty toxins. It should be freshly squeezed, since store-bought juice could have added sugars.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating vegetables such as broccoli (my favourite veggie) and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolates (chemicals with anticancer properties) in your system, adding to increased enzyme production in the liver, which lowers our risk of cancer.

Leafy Greens

One of the most powerful aids in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, juiced or thrown in smoothies. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up toxins from the bloodstream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods are powerful and protective for the liver. Adding more bitter leafy greens – such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and kale – to your diet will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that helps digest fats and remove waste and toxins from our organs and blood. An easy way to add these greens is to put them in smoothies.

Avocados

This one might be surprising because of its fat content, but this mighty super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant the liver uses to cleanse toxins and heavy metals. To get the greatest benefits for liver health, avocados must be eaten regularly.

Tanya Fraser, RHN is your local holistic nutritionist and personal trainer with No. 1 health podcast on iTunes. Visit Tanya at her virtual home at tanyafraser.ca and say hello.