Give it some extra help with these purifying strategies:
START FRESH ~ wake up to a simple tonic of hot water with just-squeezed lemon juice.
WHY IT WORKS ~ Lemon juice delivers antioxidants such as vitamin C that help boost
your liver function, according to Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.S., R.D.
GO FOR PROTEIN ~ Aim for about 60 grams of high-quality protein per day. Smart options
include organic poultry, omega-3-rich fatty fish, and vegetarian sources like beans,
nuts, and seeds.
WHY IT WORKS ~ The amino acids found in protein are crucial for the liver to be able
to remove toxins most efficiently.
FILL UP ON FIBER ~ Try to get a steady supply all day long from veggies like brussels
sprouts, broccoli and cabbage; dark leafy greens; and gluten-free whole grains
including brown rice and millet (these are easier for the liver to process, and
eliminating wheat, a common allergen, may help your liver work more efficiently).
WHY IT WORKS ~ Fiber helps keep your gut ~ the seat of the immune system ~
strong and healthy. Taking in enough fiber ensures regular bowel movements, which
excrete the toxins collected in the liver.
GET ENOUGH B VITAMINS ~ Reach for nuts like almonds and pecans, and legumes
such as lentils. Finish off smoothies, brown rice, and cereal with a sprinkle of
WHY IT WORKS ~ B vitamins, such as thiamine, may improve the body's ability to
withstand holiday-induced stress, which puts strain on your system.
FAST ONE DAY EACH WEEK ~ A weekly green juice/smoothie detox will give your liver
a rest and supercharge your system with antioxidants that repair cell damage.
WHY IT WORKS ~ Vegetables like kale and Swiss chard move the liver to an "on"
switch so it can start flushing out