A strong, healthy liver actually provides a natural detox all on its own.
COLORADO SPRINGS -
Americans spend millions of dollars each year on detoxes, fasts or other products that promise some type of inner ‘cleanse’. But according to Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, of Cleveland Clinic, a strong, healthy liver actually provides a natural detox all on its own.
“Instead of spending your money on all of these cleanses and all of these things that probably won’t do much, my suggestion is always to spend your money on healthy foods and the right foods that can actually help strengthen the liver,” said Kirkpatrick.
Toxins enter our bodies every day and the liver is responsible for processing them and getting them out. When people eat a poor diet, drink too much alcohol and don’t exercise, the liver doesn’t remove toxins to the best of its ability.
Kirkpatrick said eating a well-balanced diet is important and suggests incorporating foods that are good for the liver in order to improve its function and detoxification process. Cruciferous vegetables high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts have been shown to benefit the liver, according to Kirkpatrick.
Research also shows coffee is good for the liver. Kirkpatrick said it has protective qualities and can reduce symptoms and damage done by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Probiotic yogurt is a healthy choice for the liver as well. Kirkpatrick said feeding the liver what it loves, can help.
“What are some of the things you might be feeling once you start really feeding your body right and feeding your liver right? Increased energy is one that I hear from my patients all the time, I feel more energy, I feel more vibrant, I feel better,” said Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick said it’s important to avoid eating too much sugar or drinking alcohol in excess, both of which can be damaging to the liver. In addition, anything that makes insulin spike is bad for the liver, like white grains, white pasta and white rice.