Liver Detox Diet

A Liver Detox Diet is designed to help cleanse your liver and enhance your overall body function. The liver is a work horse for your body. Its function is to break down harmful substances all day, everyday, so it is essential to detox and strengthen your liver regularly.

Generally we recommend you detox the body with the change of every season, but the liver can be an exception to that rule. You should follow a liver detox diet for a minimum of 14 days, but preferably 30 days. The foods eaten during a liver detox should be high fiber, nutrient dense, whole foods and preferably organic. So, as you can see, this is a great diet to eat all year long. Below are the details of the food to eat during a liver detox.

How to Eat to Detox Your Liver

Frequency of Eating: 3 meals /day (no snacks)

A good breakfast with protein is the most important of all your meals.

The liver regulates hormones that function to control your blood sugar between meals; therefore, it’s best to eat three meals but do not eat in between meals during this detox.

Proteins (animal fish, dairy) – 25g per day of Protein Total

Protein is essential for detox and general body function, but many people don’t eat the right types of protein. In general, many people also eat too much protein. So, while your doing a liver detox the amount of protein may seem limited, however, you will eat enough protein to help your body function optimally while on the Liver Detox Diet.

  • Only 1 serving of fish should be eaten per day and it should be no more than 6 ounces. Only eat cold water fish (Salmon, Halibut, Mackeral, Cod, Sardines).
  • Avoid dairy products: You can consume milk substitutes such as almond, coconut, hemp and milks and cheeses made from these milk substitutes.
  • No eggs of any kind are allowed.

Proteins (non-animal)

  • Beans/Lentils (cooked) – Eat less than 3 oz of dry beans per day.
  • Eat generous amounts of raw nuts and seeds. The quantity will vary from person to person. Some people will be able to eat more than others.
  • If you find that nuts and seeds cause bloating, eat smaller amounts.
  • For easier digestion, soaked the nuts in water overnight. Then drain off the water. Only soak enough nuts for one day of consumption and store uneaten soaked nuts in the refrigerator.

Vegetables

  • Large amounts of cruciferous vegetables should be eaten to support your liver.
  • Cruciferous vegetables are Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Kale, Radishes, Turnip Greens
  • Eat lots of all types of vegetables, except starchy vegetables like, corn and potatoes.
  • Eat raw beets and artichokes weekly, because they nourish the liver.
  • Kale is a superior vegetable. Use raw kale as a salad greens.
  • Eat at least 50% Raw and 50% freshly, lightly steamed, organically grown if possible. Other vegetables not listed are okay.

Fats

  • A weak liver can’t tolerate fat; so eat low-fat foods and use oils sparingly. Coconut and olive oils are fairly easy to digest.
  • Small amounts (per day) – Essential fatty acids are preferable. For example: flax seed oil, borage, cod liver, salmon, krill oils are okay.

Fruit

  • Eat small amounts, except apples, which can be unlimited in quantities.

Additional Tips

  • To strengthen the digestive tract, eat fermented foods, such as pickles, sauerkraut, low-fat non dairy plain yogurt, is recommended.
  • Exercise - To trigger the liver fat-burning hormone (growth hormone), use high-intensity, short-duration exercise (anaerobic).
  • Eliminate substances that especially burden the liver such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, preservatives, and dyes.
  • Take into account environmental toxins such as car exhaust, chemical fumes, and work-related toxic substances.
  • It is also recommended that you detox all 5 organs of elimination during a liver detox diet. See how to detox to learn how to detox other organs. These organs must work optimally to ensure that the toxins being released from your liver do not get trapped in your body and just re-circulate and reabsorb back into your tissues. This is one of the main reasons why people get ill during detox programs. At minimum you want to ensure your bowels/colon are eliminating several times per day to release toxins.


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