Modern society has created a sad state for our over-processed livers. Anytime we overeat or eat processed or fried foods, and, anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants or stress, the liver becomes overworked and overloaded. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating the natural ability to clean toxic waste from the body.
List of Foods that Cleanse the Liver
This is a list of really effective liver cleansing foods.
In addition to taking a liver-cleansing supplement, and performing at least two liver cleanses per year (see below), eating the following foods is the best way to keep your liver healthy and functioning the way you need it to. Incorporating these foods into your weekly diet is believed to be beneficial in achieving and mainlining liver health.
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increasea the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
Beets and Carrots
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.
Leafy Green Vegetables
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to nuetralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
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. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.
Grains, such as brown rice, are rich in B-complex vitamins, nutrients known to improve overall fat metabolization, liver function and liver decongestion. If possible, do not eat foods with white flour, instead try eating whole wheat alternatives.
Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.
Lemons & Limes
These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic material into substance that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.
Holding high amount 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. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.
Much 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.
The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.
Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse
Other liver cleanse foods not listed above are artichoke, asparagus, kale and brussel sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to keep your liver functioning properly. However, for the best results, you may want to do a liver cleanse.
Doing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.
Hepasan is a liver, gall bladder and kidney flush. It is intended to be taken with organic apple juice.
An individual interested in effecting a thorough cleanse should take four capsules of Hepasan with six ounces of apple juice three times a day for five days. It is important to clear the digestive tract prior to engaging in a liver and gall bladder cleanse as these two organs empty into the intestines and colon.
This will give the excreted wastes a place to empty into and prevent an uncomfortable backup of toxins commonly referred to as a detox reaction.
When taking Hepasan, it is useful (but not essential) to drink organic apple juice and is a good idea to spread the three doses throughout the day either shortly before or after mealtime.
Please note the information and statements made below are not intended to replace the advice or treatment by your health care professional. Neither Live Blood London nor The Finchley Clinic Ltd dispense medical advice, prescribe or diagnose illness.
Hypothyroidism and the Thyroid Gland
By The Finchly Clinic
Hypothyroidism is an extremely common condition which apart from causing well known symptoms like fatigue, overweight (though 40% of hypothyroid subjects are underweight), and sensitivity to the cold, it ensures that almost every system in the body is at a low ebb. The list of possible symptoms include (but are not limited to):
heat and/or cold intolerance
headaches and migraines
low motivation and ambition
irritability, anxiety and panic attacks
decreased memory and concentration
low sex drive
slow wound healing
carpal tunnel syndrome
low blood sugar
attention deficit disorder (ADD)
pancreatitis (from hypothermia)
adrenal exhaustion from excess secretion of adrenaline
gallbladder disease (six times higher in women with excess oestrogen or on birth control pills or ERT)
female problems (fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PMS, cramps, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, spontaneous abortion, cyclic seizures, dry vagina and infertility)
osteoporosis (from excess oestrogen leading to excess adrenaline and then to excess cortisol).
intestinal symptoms which can include irritable bowel syndrome, dysphagia (swallowing problems); poor digestion (low acid and pancreatic enzymes, decreased gall bladder motility); nutrient malabsorption; gas and wind; colic; decreased peristalsis; and especially chronic constipation.
The Thyroid and Diabetes
Dr Broda Barnes demonstrated in the early 70’s that supporting the thyroid improved diabetes symptoms (but not the blood sugar imbalance), namely improved wound healing, weight loss, energy levels improve, and most importantly of all atherosclerosis.
The Thyroid and cholesterol/hardening of the arteries
Rabbits, on a vegetarian (i.e. cholesterol free) diet have been shown to develop atherosclerosis if their thyroids are removed. If given thyroid hormone the atherosclerosis was prevented. Led by the ‘heretic’ doctor Barry Durant Peatfield (who has greatly irritated some of his colleagues in the medical profession), a number of doctors maintain that the same is true of humans and that the primary cause of atherosclerosis is thyroid deficiency, made far worse by the revolting habit of cigarette smoking.
The Barnes Temperature Test
According to Dr Peatfield, the Barnes Thyroid Temperature Test (originally developed by another heretic doctor – Broda Barnes) sometimes will pick up a sluggish thyroid that was not spotted by a blood test.
Underarm temperature should be recorded for ten minutes before arising in the morning. This means as soon as you wake up. Not after making a cup of tea, or having a shower! This procedure should be followed for at least three mornings in a row (seven would be better) and the average temperature calculated.
The correct temperature should be within the range 97.8 – 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 – 36.8 degrees Celsius). An average temperature of below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius) may suggest hypothyroidism. A mean temperature of below 96.4F (35.8C) usually may suggest a more severe hypothyroidism.
Note for women: Premenopausal women should not perform this test during their periods when their temperature is higher than normal.
Although it is not proof, failing the temperature test + having about 5 or more of the typical low thyroid symptoms may indicate hypothyroid.
The underarm temperature test can be used to monitor progress and the goal of treatment is to normalize this temperature. Bear in mind that this condition does not come on overnight and is not resolved overnight. Be willing to give this 8-12 weeks minimum.
Please note if you are taking conventional thyroid medication (thyroxine) you should not stop or reduce it, unless you have discussed it with your doctor and he has advised you to do so.
Natural help for the Thyroid
In many cases our botanical product, Kelp Formula provides stand-alone support. Kelp itself is a good source of iodine – a vital mineral for the thyroid gland, though it also contains nettles, damiana, siberian ginseng, parsley, Irish moss and mistletoe.
We have received reports of weight losses of one stone in 6-12 weeks on this product, as well as a tremendous sense of well-being. For others it may be necessary to treat any related candida problem and/or support the adrenal glands since hypothyroidism is sometimes secondary to hypoadrenia. with Licorice Formula or Licorice Formula A . This is because adrenal exhaustion can make worse or even cause the thyroid to underperform.
For further help, the amino acid Tyrosine found in Thyroid Support Formula may also be useful for both the thyroid and the adrenal glands (tyrosine may also help some cases of depression).
Problems with thyroid blood tests
Quite often laboratory tests will demonstrate that the thyroid is within the “normal” range yet the person will show all the signs of hypothyroidism. Please note the following in relation to this paradox:-
1) The first point to make here is, as Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield states in his book “The Great Thyroid Scandal”, the tests might be wrong. Dr Peatfield has been villified by his colleagues as heretic for stating in his book that the tests can be so inaccurate that they “should be placed where the sun doesn’t shine” (at least he doesn’t mince his words).
For the most part the conventional test of choice is the test for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, not the thyroid itself. If it is normal it is inferred that the thyroid function is OK. But, as Dr Peatfield explains, this does not always appear to be reliable. Some hapless victims have had the same test repeated 4 to 5 times before a low thyroid has been indicated, sometimes over several years.
2) The normal figure may be at the lower end of the normal range. So the patient is told they are ‘normal’ when it might have been borderline.
3) Thyroxine itself is metabolically inert, and must be converted to tri-iodothyranine (T3) before it does anything. This conversion requires zinc, copper, and iron, and a deficiency of these nutrients can produce hypothyroid symptoms. (Please note Thyroid Support Formula contains these nutrients). Further, this conversion is blocked by mercury toxicity, so this must be dealt with if relevant.
4) Candida binds thyroxine, thereby inactivating it. Indeed it has long been appreciated that some 90% of Candida victims have low thyroid function, and this may well be an important mechanism. It is therefore important to treat candidiasis if that is part of the problem.
Kelp Formula suggested dosage:
3 capsules twice a day for the first month (its better with food, but this is not vital).
Then take 2 capsules twice a day for at least another 3 months.
Continue for as long as is needed. We regard anything less than 3 months on any botanical regimen to be a waste of time and money. Botanical food supplements are not drugs and they work gradually.
Contains 60 vegan capsules. Therefore at the recommended dosage you will need 3 bottles for the first month, then 2 bottles for the remaining period.
Nettles, damiana, siberian ginseng, parsley, Irish Moss, mistletoe, kelp (a natural source of iodine).
We now have a product designed to support Kelp Formula. Whilst Kelp Formula is a botanical food supplement which may encourage rejuvenation of the thyroid gland, our new product Thyroid Support Formula contains the primary amino acid (tyrosine), vitamins and mineral needed to help create thyroid hormones.
Please note, some cases of low thyroid are caused by Hashimoto Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune illness. If you have been diagnosed with this condition or are suspected of having it, please do not use this product without the approval of your doctor
Lowering your oxidative stress can help prevent premature aging, illness and disease.
There are many different processes and substances that chronically damage cells and contribute to oxidative stress including toxic chemical compounds and pollutants:
All kinds of pollution, including air, water, and food
Oils that have been heated to very high temperatures
Cigarette smoke, directly inhaled or second-hand
Too much sugar
Too much animal protein in the diet
Geophysical stress like living near power lines or waste dumps
Microbial imbalance, including bacterial, fungal and viral infections
Preservatives in food
Drugs (over the counter and prescription)
Artificial food colourings and flavourings
Plastics and phthalates
Chemical cleaning supplies
Chlorinated drinking water, as well as for showering & bathing
Pesticides in food
Psychological and emotional stress
Your body generates free radicals every day, but you don’t have to let free radical damage cause premature aging and disease!
Avoiding the substances and behaviors listed above that cause free radical production is one of the easiest ways to fight free radical damage.
Another way to protect yourself from free radical damage is by consuming natural antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the nutrients found in foods like:
Fermented Foods and liquids
Vitality Super Greens
Fruits and Vegetables
Certain Green teas
Organic grain-like seeds
With a healthy lifestyle and diet, you can lower your oxidative stress and protect yourself from the damaging effects of free radical damage.If you would like to take an anti-oxidant supplement I have an affiliation with the Finchley Clinic click here where they have recommended: