8 Cleansing Spring Foods To Support Your Liver

8 Cleansing Spring Foods To Support Your Liver

Spring Reset Button 

Asparagus, along with a few other foods, gives our body the boost it needs to recover from the chill of winter.

Since Spring is a natural time to think about hitting the dietary reset button, try to add one or two more servings to your day, or add a new color or vegetable that you haven't tried! 

Some ideal ones include:

1. Asparagus

Asparagus contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant known for its role in supporting the body’s natural detoxification process carried out by your liver.

TRY IT: Asparagus cooks very quickly, making it an easy addition to an omelet in the morning or a side to any dish!

2. Lemons

The oils in the rind of the lemon are called limonoids. These chemicals, in addition to the juice of the lemon, support healthy digestion. Lemons are also abundant in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system while fighting free radical damage to the body.

TRY IT: Squeeze a little in your water to sip throughout the day. Or, better yet, make your own zesty salad dressing! A favorite is lemon tahini, which is great drizzled on kale, broccoli, or just about any other veggie you can think of.

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3. Avocados

Along with asparagus, avocados are rich in glutathione. This powerful antioxidant supports the liver in getting rid of harmful materials.

TRY IT: Avocados are a fun addition to a smoothie, a sandwich, or as a snack on its own!

4. Walnuts

High in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a type of omega-3 fat that not only boosts brain power and also supports detoxification in the body.

TRY IT: Toss some on a salad or just enjoy them as a snack. 

5. Beets

It's acceptable to continue eating these root veggies well into spring. Beets benefit the overall health of the liver while also boosting cardiovascular endurance.

TRY IT: Roast 'em, juice 'em, or shred them on a salad.

6. Green Tea

Nothing says spring better than iced tea. Why not make it iced green tea? Green tea is high in catechins, which cleanse the body and support liver health.

TRY IT: Add a bit of mint for a refreshing twist.

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7. Garlic

Raw garlic, in particular, activates liver enzymes, helping your body to destroy unwanted chemicals and toxins.

TRY IT: Mince or chop fresh garlic, let it sit on the counter for a minute or two (this activates the allicin, the enzyme that gives it its aroma), and then add it to salad dressing or a really nice olive oil for dipping vegetables or crusty bread.

8. Dandelion

Yes, the pesky lawn weed has medicinal properties. The root of dandelion makes a great tea that has been shown to help the liver rid the body of toxins.

TRY IT: The tea is a tad bitter, so add a splash of local honey.

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