LOVE YOUR LIVER

January 15, 2022
Chris Engen

BYE BYE BAD FAT! 

If the food is fried, it likely has unhealthy, oxidized oils. Skip it! Stick to good, clean fats like coconut oil, avocado, salmon and olive oil.

 

SKIP THE LATE NIGHT SNACKS

The liver’s regenerative cycle is between 11p and 3am . If your body is busy digesting food at this time, it disrupts your sleep and the detoxification process. Aim for a 10pm bedtime and 10-12 hours between dinner and breakfast. (Small bedtime snacks are OK to support blood sugar balance - protein!)

 

BE A TOXIN AVENGER

Make it easier on your liver by reducing the toxins coming into your body. Buy organic food, drink filtered water, use glass containers for food storage instead of plastic and choose less toxic skin care products. 

 

FIBER IS A FRIEND

Foods rich in soluble fiber help support your liver by binding toxins and moving them on out. And in chia, flax, fruits, veggies, beans and oats for a fiber fueled toxic flush every single day. 

 

HERB ALERT

Milk thistle, with the active constituent of silymarin, has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that support the liver. It may even help the liver repair itself by growing new cells!

 

LEMONY LOVE
Lemon zest has a phytonutrient called d-limonene that supports the liver detoxification enzymes. Invest in a microplane grater and make it a breeze to add zest to your morning smoothie or favorite dressing.

 

CALL ME CRUCIFEROUS

Support the sulfation pathway (especially important for removing excess estrogens) with the addition of cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy. 

 

PERFECT PROTEIN
You need protein but excess amounts can put extra strain on your liver! Choose high quality protein like wild caught fish or grass fed meats and aim for a little bit with each meal, instead of your ENTIRE meal. 

 

GO GREEN

Your liver really loves greens, especially herbs like cilantro and parsley, and bitter greens like mustard, dandelion and arugula. Add them to salads, soups or smoothies. Your taste buds wll adjust to the bitter bite in no time and your liver will thank you for the support.

 

BEAUTIFUL BEETS

Beets have betaine, wich helps the liver cells clear toxins and protects the liver and bile ducts from damage. Raw, roasted or juiced, you can’t beat beets!

 

BRUSH IT 

Your skin is a major detox organ. When it’s backed up, so is your liver. Skin brushing helps remove toxins and keeps your skin healthy and bright. 

 

TURMERIC TRIBUTE

Turmeric and its active bioflavonoid curcumin, have been used by herbalists for thousands of years to protect the liver, promote bile flow and act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Add a dash of turmeric to soups, roasted veggies and even your morning smoothie!

 

GET OILY!

A castor oil pack is a traditional remedy, perfect for our modern world. It helps to open the detoxification pathways and it is relaxing. Rub castor oil over your liver area, cover it with a cloth and relax for 20-30 min.

 

CHOLINE CONNECTION

An essential micronutrient, it helps transport triglycerides from the liver and it’s citadel for normal liver metabolism. Get it from eggs, non-GMO soy lecithin and avocados!

 

B HAPPY!
The B Vitamins are critical for efficient liver detoxification of unwanted chemicals such as heavy metals, histamines and bacterial toxins that could be at the root of immune or neurological challenges. Take a high quality B daily!

 

CUE CHLOROPHYLL 

Chlorophyll helps clear toxins from the body, especially heavy metals. Get our green on with chlorella, spirulina, leafy greens, seaweed and matcha green tea!

 

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