As Adelaide’s fringe festival opens this week, more of us are heading to shows, parties and events. Often this means drinking alcohol consuming foods you’d often avoid. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with Adelaide’s Mad March Liver Support.
It’s true that your body detoxifies itself, using the liver and other supporting organs. But if we overload the liver, it can slow down the process and cause issues.
Cue acne breakouts, headaches, fatigue and weight gain.
So let’s talk about some ways to support your natural detoxification pathways using food.
Go for high fibre options
One of the ways that the liver eliminates waste is through the bile. Bile is excreted into the digestive tract, where it binds to fibre and transported out of the body. But if there isn’t enough fibre to bind with the bile, toxic substances could be reabsorbed into the body and back to the liver again.
Make sure you’re choosing a high-fibre food at each meal.
Some good options include:
- Fruits such as apples, pears, raspberries and strawberries.
- Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, celery and artichoke.
- Nuts and seeds such as cashews, walnuts, pepitas and sunflower seeds.
- Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and red kidney beans.
- Wholegrains such as quinoa and oats.
Many of these high-fibre foods also contain antioxidants, which play a protective role
throughout the detoxification process. So you’re getting a two-for-one deal!
Add bitter foods
Another way to maximise waste excretion through bile is to include bitter foods. Bitter
foods can stimulate the flow of bile. Combined with high fibre foods, improving bile flow can remove waste, as well as supporting the digestive process.
Some bitter options include:
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green tea
- Leafy greens such as rocket and endive
- Citrus fruits
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower
If you’re struggling with bitter foods, talk to us about a herbal tonic containing bitter herbs.
Up your cruciferous veggies
One of the best things you can do for your liver health is to include a serve of cruciferous veggies each day. Early research suggests that cruciferous vegetables like Brussel sprouts and broccoli can support liver enzymes and protect the liver from damage.
Cruciferous vegetables include:
- Brussel sprouts
Side note: If you have or suspect you might have issues with your thyroid its best to cook your cruciferous veggies to lower goiterogens.
Without water, none of our organs can function. The liver is no exception to this rule. Being hydrated supports the elimination of waste products out of the body. But water is also needed for many chemical reactions in the body.
So if you want to show your liver some love, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. You can also choose to eat hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables to boost
your water intake.
Need more reasons to drink water? Check out our article on hydration here.
Consider a mid-week cleanse
When you know you’re up for a big weekend, why not consider a mid-week juice cleanse?
This is a great way to boost your mid-week nutrient intake and give your bod some love. Perfect for Adelaide’s Mad March liver support!
Check out our juice cleanse options here.
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