Juicing for liver health means it’s time for a delicious green smoothie. Also, if you have reason to think maybe your liver needs a bit of rest, you can take it easy on the proteins and fats. The whole grains, fruits and vegetables, along with our green smoothies are ideal nourishment for the liver. Kale, spinach, cucumbers and zucchini are par for the liver-cleansing course. You can also throw in some raw herbs like dandelion leaves and parsley.
Obviously, juicing in and of itself is great, but when juicing for liver health we can also think of other specific foods that are known to aid in liver health like citrus fruits, apple, blackberries, beet, asparagus, broccoli, carrots (they contain the most beta carotene of all fruits and vegetables) cauliflower, cabbage, celery, garlic, ginger, kiwi, mint, onion, oregano, pomegranate, prunes, raspberry and strawberry. With the incredible list of fruits and vegetables known to be great for the liver, you can come up with some fantastic juicer recipes that your liver will love you for.
With all of the toxins that we’re regularly exposed to like coal-fired electrical plants, vehicle emissions, oil refineries, not to mention medicines that can be very hard on the liver, excessive alcohol consumption for some, and we don’t even want to get started on all of the processed ‘food’ that many of us push down our neck! Combine that with herbicides, pesticides, and who knows what else, and our liver has it’s work cut out for it.
Obviously, a lifestyle change that includes juicing not only helps the liver, but also every cell in our body.
We’ve all heard of antioxidants, and their ability to protect our cells from harmful free radicals. We get these antioxidants (vitamins, minerals and other food-based chemicals) from foods rich in beta carotene, and the vitamins C and E.
So what are these free radicals that we need protection from? They are molecules that become unstable and ‘free’, allowing them to slam into DNA cells, causing them to mutate into cancer cells. The liver, and in fact, all organs can be damaged by these free radicals. Antioxidants can help protect us from these harmful free radicals. Many believe that these antioxidants can also help detoxify pollutants, thereby easing the work load on the liver.
We all know that citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, and they are also easy to include in nearly any juicer or recipe or to juice alone. Other good sources of vitamin C are berries, broccoli, cucumber, kiwi fruit and spinach.
Next on our list is vitamin E, which is a fat soluble antioxidant. It protects fats from being damaged by these free radicals. Vitamin E helps to protect the cell membranes, which are fat-based, that protect the liver. Also, vitamin E can reduce scar tissue in the liver, which can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Apples, blackberries and kiwis are excellent sources of juice-able vitamin E.
Beta carotene and other carotenoids are antioxidants that are necessary for general health and to maintain a strong immune system. The liver converts beta carotene to vitamin A, which can help to restore somewhat damaged liver fibers to healthy tissue. We all know that carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, and is actually the best source of beta carotene, as mentioned above. Broccoli, blackberries, kale, kiwi, peaches, spinach and watermelon are also good sources of beta carotene and should be included regularly in your juicing recipes.
With all of the nutrient-rich foods that we have available, juicing for liver health can be easy, as well as delicious!
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