Spring is an excellent time to refresh and cleanse our body after the winter. Our livers work extremely hard every day to protect us from the affects of toxins and often it is easy for our livers to become overworked, making us feel lousy or allowing us to get sick.
The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver. The liver detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood or poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. When your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress, food sensitivities, poor digestion, processed foods, poor elimination or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health severely compromised.
Cleanse to Detoxify
A basic aspect affecting your longevity and quality of life is your ability to continually cleanse your body and surroundings of toxins. Awareness is your first step.
The most common toxic inputs are:
- refined foods (sugar, flour, table salt, oil, processed food)
- food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, sugar)
- bad, rancid fats (fried food, margarine, hydrogenated oils)
- stimulants (MSG, aspartame, food coloring, caffeine, nicotine)
- electromagnetic chaos (cell phones, computers, microwaves)
- drugs (illegal, over the counter, prescription)
- sleep deprivation and stress
- heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides
- chemicals (shampoo, lotions, detergents, air freshener, cleaning products)
In case you’re wondering…should you be completely cleansed before you introduce proper nourishment? Absolutely not! You need to feed your body. The sooner you start with good quality nutrients found in food and a detoxing fiber formula, the better.
So here are seven important foods you may want to begin incorporating into your diet in order to maintain a healthy liver.
Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. This bulbous relative of the onion also contains allicin and selenium, two powerful nutrients proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and aid it in the detoxification process.
Grapefruit is rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers. Like garlic, grapefruit contains compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes. It also contains a compound that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.
- Green Tea
Green tea is loaded with catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. This powerful herbal beverage also protects the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.
- Green Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory also contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can bear heavily on the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body, and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.
Rich in glutathione-producing compounds, avocados actively promote liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power. Some research has shown that eating one or two avocados a week for as little as 30 days can repair a damaged liver.
Walnuts, which contain high levels of l-arginine, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, also help detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia. Walnuts also help oxygenate the blood, and extracts from their hulls are often used in liver-cleansing formulas.
Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory!
And now for our detoxing fiber formula. It is also very important to cleanse the bowel, as doing so relieves the liver of its heavy toxic load. An herbal liver cleansing or purifying combination with soluble fiber is wonderful to further assist the liver in its job. Pura Cleanse includes fiber along with bowel stimulating herbs to assist the liver in its detoxification task. Pura Cleanse is the perfect choice and can be added to your liver detox diet and program.