Think back to the last hangover you had: pounding head, sour stomach and a vague impression of having been poisoned.
A glass of wine and a keto-friendly cocktail have one thing in common: ethanol. Ethanol is what makes you feel happier, more relaxed, sociable or looser…it’s why we drink.
When you consume alcohol, the ethanol is broken down in the liver into a substance called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is extremely toxic.
A chemical used to make herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, and plastics, acetaldehyde is also produced by humans when we consume alcohol…and it is the reason for every hangover you’ve ever had.
Your liver is the only thing standing between you and acetaldehyde toxicity. Here are 8 foods that will help cleanse your liver and boost its natural ability to break down and remove toxins from your body.
A true liver-detox powerhouse, cherries are packed with anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are phytochemicals that cleanse and revitalize dense liver tissue. Cherries are also a great source of amino acids, which help the liver better process and break down ethanol and its toxic byproduct, acetaldehyde.
Cranberries also contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lipid accumulation in the liver. In stimulating bile production, cranberries also help ramp up waste removal and overall balance in your gut microbiome.
The phytochemicals in grapes help metabolize acetaldehyde into non-toxic acetic acid. They also help clean out the lobules of the liver by dislodging debris, thus enabling microscopic liver cells to do their job better.
Lemons & Limes
Limonoids are the key phytochemicals in these tiny citrus fruits. When you bite into a lemon or lime, you immediately access a bioavailable deep-cleaner that purges your body of toxic substances. When detoxing, drink lemon or lime water in the morning to help flush out the gunk your tissues and cells excrete overnight.
The humble artichoke is a masterpiece of liver detoxification. Brimming with recovery and bioprotectant factors, artichokes help your liver heal from past damage and protect against future assault.
Artichokes also help your liver produce more bile. Bile removes waste — like ammonia — from the small intestine. Without enough bile, your body can’t rid itself of toxins.
Imagine the liver is like a vacuum filter. Eating cilantro is like taking that filter out and banging it against the side of the garbage can to dislodge all the particles and gunk.
Phytochemicals in cilantro bind to oxidative particles, toxins, and heavy metals in your liver, making it possible for your body to expel them.
At our local farmers market, we buy cilantro microgreens. Like all microgreens, they pack a mighty flavor and nutrient punch into a tiny package!
A great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, lemon balm boosts your body’s ability to metabolize alcohol. That’s good news if you want to avoid hangovers.
Lemon balm is also brimming with flavonoids which are known to cross the blood-brain barrier. Researchers believe flavonoids to be an effective therapeutic intervention for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Isoflavones in red clover are highly liver supportive. In fact, red clover is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties. While abundant in nature, red clover can easily be grown indoors as well.
Red clover has four different types of isoflavones: daidzein, genistein, formononetin, and biochanin. These help boost your resistance to cancer as well, so it’s double awesome.
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