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8 Liver Supporting Foods:

  1. Watercress
  2. Brussels sprouts
  3. Kale
  4. Cabbage
  5. Broccoli and cauliflower
  6. Bok choy
  7. Onions and leeks
  8. Garlic

How They Support Your Liver:

Compounds found in these foods help to increase the cellular response or sensitivity of enzymes in the liver and remove undesirable elements from your body.

One of the liver’s most important roles is to filter waste products and remove harmful substances from the blood after it passes through the stomach and intestines, and before it moves to the rest of the body.

Think of the liver as an inspection facility, deciding which packages are beneficial and which are not. When the liver finds something toxic, it first separates the dangerous substances from the blood (this is referred to as phase 1 detoxification). The liver’s second step, or phase 2, is to rid your body of the harmful compounds by carrying them away in bile.

Your job is to eat foods that help keep both parts of this two-phase process running efficiently — and that protect the liver from the toxins and byproducts of detoxification.

Because our bodies are exposed to a constant barrage of harmful toxins, the best detoxification regimen is a daily one. Learn more at “Everyday Detox: Whole Foods to Support Your Body’s Natural Detoxification Processes” from which this article was excerpted.

Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN

Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN, is a New York–area nutrition writer, educator, and counselor.

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