Foods to Support Liver Function (& Why it’s SO Important to!!)
CATEGORIES: Healing & Herbs Nutrition
Today we are taking a dive into one of my favourite organs, the liver (and yes I really do have favourite organs I am a full on health geek!).
We are going to look at what the liver does and some foods that you can eat to support optimal liver functioning.
Click below to watch or scroll down if you prefer reading….
The liver is one of the largest organs in your body, the largest of all being your skin. It does so many awesome things so we need to send a whole lot of love to our liver on a daily basis. Obviously, the liver helps to remove toxins from the body but it also plays an important role in vitamin D synthesis,its the place where hormones ‘get turned off’ and removed from the body. It also produces bile and without bile our body cannot digest fat. It’s a busy organ…
Your liver is working 24/7 but there are a couple of things we can do to support and optimise iut’s functioning and the various detoxification pathways.
There are two main detoxification phases to our liver and the various foods I will mention will have a different impact on each pathway. But the thing I want you to take away from this is to eat some of these foods every darn day.
Because your liver is crucial to health and plays a key role in healing and its always something I work on when I work with my one to one clients. You cannot afford to neglect your liver health!! It’s the place to start before we even begin to start a healing protocol or deal with things like SIBO or hormone imbalances. And it its not just about food – click here to read the non food way you can support detoxification.
So how can we help our liver?
Here are my favourite ways to give you liver some LOVE:
A really helpfully herb for supporting detoxification, either fresh from your garden or in a tea or dandelion coffee alternative.
Click here to get a dandelion latte recipe
Specifically the curcumin within the turmeric which is SUPER beneficial to the different detoxification pathways. I take turmeric in a capsule form but you can just add more of it to your day by either grating it with ginger to make a tea or in a curry. But however you take it, include it every day and have it with black pepper because this increases the amount of it your body can absorb.
There are so many benefits to garlic, it is amazing, I often include it in healing protocols with my clients because it is so cheap, easy and effective. I tend to either chop it into pill size and take it with water or I will add it at the end of cooking for optimum potency. Aim to have a clove a day per person and I often chop it up super small and swallow it like a pill with water.
No surprises here as the creator of the Green Smoothie Challenge I am always encouraging people to eat more Kale and Spinach! Often I find that the reason people feel so much better after the Green Smoothie Challenge is because they have supported their liver with the increase of green vegetables. But however you want to do it make sure you are eating green stuff everyday!
Easiest way to do this is with Green Smoothies which is why I created the Green Smoothie Challenge – click here to find out more
There are some great studies behind this herb. If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, have a sluggish liver or if you have hormone issues then taking some milk thistle can be brilliant for you to support your liver and it well support through research.
Best taken via supplementation like this or tincture.
So there you have it my top 5 foods to help optimise your liver function. Whatever you do keep in mind how you are going to look after you liver and eat a lovely whole food diet with plenty of fats and protein.
If you want more information on how to eat in a way that helps you hormones, skin, weight and energy then grab your free meal plan below…..