The Ultimate Natural Liver Detox

Asparagus

Asparagus

The liver is your body’s natural detoxification system. It cleanses your body of toxins you breathe in, eat, drink or are generally exposed to. Like any system, a liver runs smoother when it is maintained and well taken care of. A natural liver detox is the best way to ensure your liver is healthy and performing the way it should.

Many younger readers might think a liver cleanse doesn’t or shouldn’t apply to them, at least until much later in life. You’d be wrong. In 2014, we as humans are exposed to greater levels of toxins in our daily lives than ever before. This post could also be titled, “Hangover cure for your liver” as it is especially applicable for those of us that indulge in the consumption of alcohol. If you’re a guy or girl who enjoys a few extra drinks on a Saturday night with your friends (I’m guilty of that) – keep reading, because this article is perfect for you.

Even my mom asked me the other day, “Alex, why are you doing a liver cleanse? You are so young and healthy!”

My response was, “Exactly Mom!”

 

My liver might be functioning at 85-95% capacity right now. And while that sounds great, I want it functioning as close to 100% as possible and will sacrifice and invest in my health to achieve that. Your liver prevents your body from aging and allows your immune system to function as it should. Think of your liver as a car engine, or anything that needs to be maintained to operate at a high level. Whether you deprive your engine of oil or your body of healthy foods, which include antioxidants, a breakdown will surely occur. A healthy liver is paramount to achieving super immunity. Waiting to prioritize your health is a mistake no one should make.

 

The efficiency of your liver is your body’s efficiency to detoxify. A liver’s detoxification capabilities, from a strictly nutritional (food) standpoint, generally comes down to how many anti-oxidants you consume. And obviously, how many harmful substances you can avoid.

Anti-oxidants expunge your body of harmful toxins. One antioxidant does a better job than all others; the antioxidant and protein is known as glutathione (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”).

While our body naturally produces glutathione, let’s avoid the tendency to sit back and hope it produces enough, and as a consequence, leave our liver’s health to chance. This is a website based on super immunity

Leafy

Leafy

after all… we’re about moving out of the hope category and into the know category.

A poor diet can deplete the amount of glutathione in your body and put even more pressure on your liver, which, if you live in the western world, is likely already working overtime.

 

Mark Hyman, MD, who writes a blog on Huff Post recently wrote that,

In treating chronically ill patients with Functional Medicine for more than 10 years, I have discovered that glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients.

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. You see, dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/glutathione-the-mother-of_b_530494.html

So how do we get glutathione running through us, supercharging our liver and immune system?

 

Begin a natural liver detox by consuming these 5 foods on a regular basis:

 

Asparagus

Asparagus is great for the liver and is a vegetable that can be eaten year round. The Journal of Food Science put out a report in 2009 that suggests nutrients in asparagus may protect the liver against alcohol toxins which are commonly associated with hangovers.

Asparagus

Asparagus

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01263.x/abstract

 

Asparagus is a natural diuretic, which promotes the production of urine. This is important as it speeds the removal of toxins. Asparagus is a herbaceous plant and a particularly rich source of glutathione. Buy it lots and eat it often.

 

 

Avocados

 

Avocado

Avocado

Avocados are a fruit jam-packed with glutathione.

A raw or uncooked avocado contains 27.7 mg of glutathione. Avocados are also a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. These ‘good fats’ help rid the body of unhealthy cholesterol. Avocados are best consumed in guacamole with chips and salsa, but provide great texture and taste in super food shakes as well.

 

 

 

Spinach

When can you go wrong eating a handful of spinach leaves? Spinach contains a huge 166 milligrams of glutathione per raw serving. When cooked the glutathione per serving drops to 27.1 mg so for the purpose of cleansing your liver, eat it raw.

Spinach is without question a super food and should be added to any diet.

 

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is the perfect addition to any breakfast and a great substitute to starchy cereal, processed bread or

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

bagels. And you can forget waffles and bacon, grapefruit is what your liver craves. The citrusy fruit is loaded with 70.6 mg of glutathione per serving. One cup of grapefruit contains 71.8 mg of vitamin C, accounting for 120% of your suggested daily value. It has better than 50% of your daily suggested intake of vitamin A and is an all-around great fruit to consume.

If cleansing your liver in a natural and sustainable way is a priority, pick up a dozen grapefruits and eat one a day until they are gone.

 

 

Dandelions and Dandelion root tea

Dandelion root tea has been used for centuries by indigenous people as a herbal method to aid in digestion. Nowadays dandelion tea is the most common way to consume and reap the benefits of this ancient weed; it can be found at any health store. Today most of us view them as nice looking weeds, but their health benefits are far reaching.

Like many of the healthiest vegetables in the world, including kale and spinach, sulfur levels in dandelions are high. This is what you want.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion is rich in sulfur, potassium, iodine, and provides diuretic and tonic stimulating action. It also contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion roots also contain a bitter substance (taraxacin) that stimulates digestion. Dandelion’s diuretic qualities allow your body to speed the process of expunging toxins while promoting healthy liver function. While some preliminary research has suggested dandelion may help improve liver and gallbladder function, it remains more of a herbal remedy than an established method to treat anything. If your too lazy to pick and dry your own roots, you can pick them up at most health food stores!

https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/dandelion-herbal-remedies.htm

 

A liver cleanse doesn’t just help you today and in the future, but can reverse damage you’ve done in past months or even past years. Focusing on your liver, by ensuring it operates for a prolonged period at a high level will allow your liver to purge fat and cholesterol deposits in your body, flush out gallstones, drug residues and other toxic wastes.

 

Special note: During a 30-day liver cleanse you will achieve maximum impact by cutting out alcohol, coffee and other prescription drugs or processed foods. You can pick up some top named all natural liver cleanses at your local health foods store.

Final Special note: Vitamins A, D and E are all produced in the liver. Those with a deficiency in any of the above should take advantage of this opportunity and do a liver cleanse.

 

To your liver and eventual Super Immunity,

 

Alex

 

 

sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/glutathione-the-mother-of_b_530494.html

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1905/2

https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/dandelion-herbal-remedies.htm

About Alex Smith

Founder of RunHighGoFar, Alex is passionate about breaking the barriers of what it means to be healthy. I believe every change in respect to health and life comes from within and that the human body and mind are the most powerful forces in the universe. There are 100 trillion cells in the human body and I want all of them firing on a combination of super foods. If I can shine the light of Super Immunity on just one person, my mission will have been successful.

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