The liver is the main organ that helps the body with detoxification process. Everything you swallow and breathe is absorbed into the bloodstream and passes through the liver. 
The liver regulates, synthesize, stores, and secretes many important proteins and nutrients. It purifies, transforms, and clears toxic or unneeded substances, according to the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
Many detoxification products claim to “cleanse” the liver, but in healthy individuals, the liver is not a place where toxins are stored. Rather, the liver turns potentially harmful chemicals into water-soluble chemicals that can be sweated or excreted from the body. 

Eating these 13 foods  is a great way to help keep your liver function properly. 

1. Garlic
Just 4 cloves of garlic a day  has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid the liver. Garlic also contains arginine, an amino acid important for relaxing the blood vessels, and selenium, a mineral important for increasing the action of antioxidants. 

2. Grapefruit
High in vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver.  200mls of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice can boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes.

3. Beetroot and Carrots
Both are high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene which when eaten can stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green Tea
This deliciously refreshing tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to aid liver function.  Remember that green tea offers the benefits so keep it simple and stick to the cuppa tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy greens can be eaten raw (in smaller quantities) or cooked. High in plant chlorophylls, greens cleanses environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
6. Avocados
This super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to excrete toxins.

7. Apples
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load.

8. Olive Oil
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. 

9. Cruciferous Vegetables
When you eat broccoli and cauliflower the glucosinolate is increased in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes can help flush toxins.

10. Lemons & Limes
These citrus fruits contain high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

11. Walnuts
Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. 

12. Cabbage
Like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

13. Turmeric
Put this spice on your favorites list. Add it into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Or slice it fresh and infuse it into hot water to drink as a tea. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out toxins.

Other liver cleanse foods include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussels sprouts. 

The nutritional advice expressed  are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern see your Doctor first.

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