Your liver is your largest internal organ. Odds are you don’t think about it often, but your liver is working for you every single moment of your life. Don’t let your liver down – instead discover some simple drinks to keep your liver happy.
A fatty liver or cirrhosis can make you tired, overweight, and in some cases, turns your skin and eyes yellow. A diseased liver can kill you slowly and unpleasantly.
In fact, chronic liver disease kills about 31,000 people a year in the states and most of those deaths are avoidable.
What can you do to keep your liver functioning at peak efficiency? Try some of these all-natural drinks and your liver will thank you!
Carrots in any form, except baked in sugar, are terrific for you. Juice some carrots up with spinach and a bit of water. Add a toast to your liver for working so hard and drink.
Carrots are high in Vitamin A which has been shown to prevent liver disease. They are also full of flavonoids and beta-carotenes that are anti-oxidants. Carrots are good for every part of your body, so enjoy your carrot juice every day.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Like carrots, green leafy vegetables are really healthy! These include kale, spinach, beet greens, and romaine lettuce. Salads are good, but juiced leafy greens are portable. Plus juicing them makes it easier for your body to immediately access nutrients instead of having to digest them first.
Juice up your leafy greens and throw in carrots for extra boost and a little sweetness. Leafy greens stimulate bile and that helps cleanse your liver gently. Your entire body will thank you for a daily dose of leafy greens.
If you are looking for a super drink, look no further than green tea. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants that remove free radicals. These make green tea a known cancer fighter. Green tea also helps your body burn fat, relieving some of the burden on your liver.
The extra hydration from drinking a couple of cups a green tea a day supports your liver as well. Try not to add sweeteners so that your liver doesn’t have to deal with those while it is detoxing.
Turmeric is a spice common in Indian food. It’s also the most powerful spice to support your liver. You can make turmeric tea from ground turmeric. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric to boiling water, simmer for 10 minutes. Add a bit of lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper.
Turmeric protects your liver against damage and may even help your liver regenerate new cells. It also fights inflammation, a side effect or even possible cause of liver disease.
The vitamin C and anti-oxidants in citrus fruits are excellent for cleansing your liver. Eat citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit, oranges, clementines, and limes for their incredible vitamin C and anti-oxidant levels. You can also drink fresh squeezed juice. Don’t drink the stuff off the shelf or freezer. It is full of sugar and the pasteurization process breaks down the nutrients.
Fresh squeezed lemon with water is one of the most popular liver cleanses. It’s simple and effective.
Beets are not usually high on the list of favorite foods. That’s a shame, because beets, beet greens, and beet juice are absolutely amazing at supporting and cleansing your liver. Beets increase the amount of oxygen in your blood by helping to cleanse it. They stimulate bile production and help with enzyme activity. They are full of fiber and vitamin C.
You’ll find many beet juice recipes online, ranging from lemon/ginger/beet to a spicy basil/beet to watermelon and beet juices.
Fiber-rich foods help your liver remove toxins by increasing bowel movements. Many of the drinks we’ve mentioned are high in fiber. Juicing apples and even cauliflower is a simple way to add fiber to liver cleansing drinks. You can also add bananas, avocados, oats, or chia seeds for a powerful punch of fiber.
Just remember to drink extra water to keep your liver happy. Try mixing and matching the different foods in your daily juice to keep your liver cleansing interesting.
In addition to these seven natural liver cleansing drinks, support your liver in other ways. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink and be aware that most medications, including pain relievers, are hard on your liver. Risky behavior like unprotected sex and illegal drug use can lead to hepatitis, no matter how many liver cleanses you do. Exercise and lose weight to support your liver and reduce chronic inflammation.
Protecting your liver will help your liver keep you healthy. Plus all the drinks we’ve listed are good for every other part of your body and may help fight off fat, cancer, and dementia.