Detoxifying foods for a healthy liver….
Hello everyone! Thursday we covered the first layer of defense that you can provide for your hard working liver fiber, fluid, and physical activity. Today I’d like to explain how the liver detoxifies toxic compounds that it comes into contact with. There are two steps that happen in your liver which turn a toxin into a waste product to be eliminated. Step one is activation. If the liver identifies a toxic compound as such it first activates it by adding a molecular group. Once it is activated, the toxin is now ready for phase two of this process which adds another molecular group that turns it into a water soluble product that is ready for waste. The molecular groups that are added in step two can be methyl groups, acetyl groups, and sulphur groups.
Do you know what helps your liver help you? Eating foods that contain these phase two detoxification groups. Those phase two detoxification groups can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Eating a whole foods diet with lots of whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables is extremely helpful to your liver. Plant foods contain a lot of those phase two detoxification molecular groups. If you increase the pool of those phase two groups in your liver, you are putting it in a position of success. Additionally, if you buy more organic vegetables you are decreasing the toxic load presented to your liver. The less pesticides, herbicides, drugs, alcohol, and microorganisms that your liver has to clear out, the better off your liver will be. And the more plant foods with phase two functional molecular groups that you provide your liver with, the better it will do at clearing out the toxins.
Specific liver supportive foods…
-Beets! Betaine a phytochemical in beets is very helpful
-Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.
-Fresh produce in general… the brighter the colors the better
I hope this gives you ANOTHER REASON to love your vegetables. Your liver loves them too. Now please go buy some broccoli (organic if possible) and make sure you follow it with some water and a little exercise.
Have a healthy Wednesday 🙂