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4 Natural Liver Detox Foods

Lisa Garber
December 8th, 2012
Updated 12/08/2012 at 3:00 pm
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vegetablesgirl 260x162 4 Natural Liver Detox FoodsWhether you’re trying to lose weight or age gracefully, in all likelihood, your liver could use a little attention. There are many reasons to cleanse your liver, but if you’re not quite ready to go on a full-blown cleanse, try incorporating more of these 4 liver detox foods into your diet.

1. Liver Detox Foods – Green Tea

Full of powerful antioxidants called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), green tea provides an overall health boost by lending the liver a much-needed hand. It helps reduce liver fat as well as protects the organ from accumulating toxins. Green tea has other, wide-ranging health benefits, including boosting metabolism and aiding in healthy weight loss, protecting and restoring brain cells, and even lowering your risk of cancer.

2. Leafy Greens

Lucky for us that it’s winter, when CSA boxes and farmers’ market stands are bursting with leafy greens. Chlorophyll gives the leaves their color and helps soak up environmental toxins like chemicals and pesticide residue found in your bloodstream. They also help your liver produce more bile, which aids in the removal of waste and toxins from your body. These liver detox foods are a must – but consider buying organic as pesticides drown conventional fruit and vegetables.

Though more of the nutrients are retained when eaten raw or juice as opposed to cooked, leafy greens make great additions to stews, pastas, and casseroles—perfectly hearty meals for wintry days.

3. Olive Oil

Like hemp and flaxseed oil, olive oil takes some of the pressure off the liver by forming a lipid base to soak the toxins in the body. Try adding a little olive oil into a slow-cooked stew to bring out flavors and add body to even a vegan or vegetarian meal. We suggest consuming about 10 teaspoons of olive oil daily, but be aware that many varieties sold in grocery stores are nutrient-depleted, low-quality, or even fake. It’s best to avoid olive oils from large brands like Kraft (which own smaller, even organic companies) and instead buy from trusted companies.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts are full of health benefits, including improving cognitive function and prevention of breast cancer, but their high omega 3 fatty acid content also helps liver function. The amino acid arginine found in walnuts also helps the liver detoxify ammonia.

Of course these aren’t the only liver detox foods; there are many other liver cleansing foods to help detoxify your liver as well. Don’t hesitate to check them out.

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  • Stan

    Probably the best oil to use is coconut oil, doesn't break down when heated. Look it up and get the information on it. Great stuff !


    • Chanty

      So true Stan! We use ut regularly in Jamaica – cold pressed virgin coconut oil – delicious and healthy!

  • Robert Park

    All teas are known to contain fluoride but in its natural state is not believed to be harmful, only when added to public drinking water. Olive oil, although nutritious, has its downside which is held from public knowledge; it creates massive free radials, as it deteriorates rapidly when subjected to oxygen or heat and hence reason for being contained in dark bottles. When consumed the heat and oxygen of the body causes it to go rancid rapidly when it is then harmful at the cellular level and especially after long-term usage. All the good effect publicised is propaganda which is being propagated by the writer.

  • marianela

    I have some remedies for liver detox, also bladder detox, you could take a spoon of olive oil and add a half of yellow lemon and drink it in the morning, and drink a glass of warm water, sorry I am no fluent speking english, but I try, I hope it could help someone!

  • Sade

    Thanks for providing these useful suggestions. Aside from being under maintenance medication for over a decade, I have to admit that my eating habits are not healthy. I really think it's about time that I start cleansing my liver so that it will function properly.

  • anth

    oil — organic cold pressed only ! There was a case of fluoride in tea that was using fluoridated water supply and chemical added to the soil.

  • mighead

    It seems pretty obvious to me that if you make your healthy green tea with your fluoridated local water, you're going to end up with fluorine in it???!!!! At least try filtration…I used to have a great source of 'spring water' that wasn't fluoridated…but I moved and that's gone…so I've only got filters here…but I think even those are a help…

  • linda

    I drink matcha green tea. It organic and japanese. I drink 3 mugs in the morning because it has caffeine. I add a little stevia and a little milk. (not cream)Too much caffeine for caffeine sensetive folks.gotta love it.



    • Yhwnot

      James the good Olive oil is cold pressed. Also avoid soy as much as possible. It is all really about balance and lots of water. Ice water is the best helps your body function to work off calories.

    • Anonymous

      Bariani olive oil. I buy it by the case from the farm. They ship too!

    • Carol

      Zoe is my preferred olive oil……..I buy the large tins at an Italian store near me. And I guess "yes" you can overdose on oil. Please don't sit and drink it, it is oil. I use it in my hummus, salad dressings and a little cooking. It has calories, it is a fat! A much better choice than butter or the other cheap crappy oil on the Walmart shelves.

  • concerned

    Green tea is supposed to contain fluoride, so how is this detoxing?

    • suss

      yes i've heard about this and looked into it i belive it does have alot of fluoride- so i avoid it. also the olive oil is fake- or cut w/ other cheap oils- its an epidemic doesn't matter if its expensive or cheap either! I still buy it but i buy from companys i trust.

    • Carol

      fluoride??!! where did you hear that one? This is a first for me, and I've been researching healthy living for 10 years. Healthy…. meaning ALL nutrient dense foods, herbs, teas, etc., etc. As a result my "self experiment" has been a roaring success, with a weight loss of almost 70lbs in 10 years.

    • Sandro

      The green Thea contains A natural form of Fluoride thats easily expelled by the bodily system of secretion , with that it takes the poisonous fluoride out of the body , easy peacy lemon squeezee !

  • john

    Thanm you for the liver detox foods. I have had elevatex liver enzymes which a doctor told me might be fatty liver and wanted to do a biopsy. I did not have it performed, but will eat differently.