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