Several studies have shown that liver diseases are on the rise. Several types of toxins are at the origin of this phenomenon: air pollution, water pollution, pesticides, etc. We need to be constantly aware of what we are ingesting, particularly in terms of our liver functioning, as liver diseases that go undetected can become very serious and even fatal. There are however certain foods that can help look after and cleanse your liver, keeping it healthy while eliminating toxins. Here are 6 of them!
1/ Citrus fruits
Most citrus fruits provide vitamin C. They detox the liver thanks to their ability to convert toxins into substances that the liver and the body find it easier to deal with. Regular consumption of citrus fruits reduces the risk of liver disease.
Garlic is a powerful liver cleansing agent, as two of its main nutrients, allicin and selenium, act as a detox agent and a protective agent respectively for the immune system. Garlic also promotes the stimulation of liver enzymes which means it works more quickly and effectively to eliminate toxins, while also improving digestion.
Onions have the same properties as garlic, and also provide potassium, fibre, flavonoids and phytonutrients, which promote detox of the liver and the digestive system. Just like garlic, onions are highly recommended for a total liver detox.
Beetroot is rich in antioxidants, vitamin B, pectin, iron, betaine and betanin. Pectin plays a cleansing role for the liver and improves the body’s satiety signals, which allows us to consume less food. All of these nutrients help the body eliminate toxins, which are mainly stored in the liver.
5/ Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are rich in carotene, which makes them an effective anti-inflammatory. As well as providing vitamin C and fibre, sweet potatoes are an ideal food to help cleanse the liver. Unlike regular potatoes, they do not carry any risk of liver disease.
Rich in fibre and protein, lentils can also help effectively cleanse your liver. Contrary to animal protein (found in meat), which can be difficult to digest, the vegetable protein found in lentils works effectively on the liver.