Kick-starting your system and ridding your body of toxins could be as simple as eating – or drinking – one of these.
The liver is one of our most important organs as its main function is detoxification, which helps to clear toxins from the blood. When the liver is working efficiently, it also secrets optimum levels of bile which increases breakdown of fats, where additional toxins are stored. Support your liver and detox your body with these foods.
1. Lemon water
One of the oldest tricks in the book but I love starting my day with the juice of half a lemon in a cup of hot water. Not only does it kick-start your digestion and prime your body for nutrient absorption, but the cleansing properties of lemon are exceptional. Lemon water benefits the enzymes that stimulate the liver and therefore accelerate toxin elimination. It’s also a mild diuretic which supports the urinary tract to get rid of any unwanted toxins.
2. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
ACV is full of raw enzymes that support digestive function and nutrient absorption. It also acts to kill harmful bacteria, which is one of the best ways to cleanse the body. My favourite salad dressing is one tablespoon of ACV and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
Fibre is essential to pull toxins through the body and out via elimination. Psyllium husks are a great natural and gluten free fibre, soluble in water which also delays gastric emptying and helps keep you fuller for longer. I love adding a teaspoon to my morning smoothie.
Grapefruit really is one of the original superfoods. Packed with antioxidants, it stimulates the liver to break down fat and protect against liver damage. I simply add fresh grapefruit to a glass of mineral or soda water with dinner – it’s fruit water, without the extra dollars or calories.
5. Cruciferous vegetables
Vegetables such a broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts support phase I and phase II of detoxifying the liver. They are also packed full of vitamin C and soluble fibre which the body uses to eliminate excess hormones such as estrogen.
I aim to eat 2 cups of cruciferous vegetables per day.
Asparagus is rich in glutathione which supports phase II liver detoxification. Lightly fry in coconut oil and add to an omelette for a nutrient rich start to your day. I also love asparagus for its inulin content, which acts as a prebiotic to support a healthy gut.
Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate liver enzymes responsible for expelling toxins from the body. I add garlic to everything – curries, Bolognese sauce, Shepherd’s pie, stir fries and roast vegetables.
Turmeric is an ancient Ayurvedic spice that offers amazing liver and gall bladder support as it assists the enzymes responsible for flushing out dietary carcinogens. Along with garlic, curcumin, the key compound in turmeric, also offer amazing anti-inflammatory and immunity benefits.
Coriander is excellent for chelation which flushes heavy metals from the body. I love to make a big curry to start the week, including garlic, turmeric and lots of coriander.
10. Green tea
Green tea is high in catechins, which increase liver activity and the production of key detoxification enzymes – enjoy with a slice of fresh lemon once or twice a day.
November 1, 201610:10am