The liver is a vital organ essential to the body’s ability to maintain good health. If you provide home care for an elderly parent, here are five foods that can help him or her promote liver function.
1. Citrus juices
Whether it’s freshly squeezed grapefruit, lime, or lemon juice, a glass each morning stimulates the liver with vitamin C that helps the body to turn toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed. Grapefruit also increases the liver’s natural cleansing processes, and the juices help flush cancer-causing agents and other toxins.
2. Cruciferous vegetables
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage all increase the amount of glucosinolate in the body, which boosts enzyme production in the liver. The liver needs these enzymes to work at peak efficiency.
The liver also needs a compound called glutathione to clean toxins out of the body. Avocados, rich in other beneficial nutrients as well, also aid in the liver’s production of glutathione.
Just a little bit of garlic puts liver enzymes into overdrive to work on flushing out toxins. The allicin and selenium in garlic both act as natural liver cleansers.
5. Leafy greens
Dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, arugula, and chicory have the ability to neutralize heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemicals. Their plant chlorophylls allow them to vacuum up toxins and whisk them from the body, and they help with the production of bile, which removes waste from the blood and internal organs.
The pectin in apples helps cleanse toxins in the digestive tract, which helps the liver better perform its necessary functions.
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