Did you know that the beauty of your skin, hair, nails, and body depends on the health of your liver? When your liver isn't healthy, your appearance can suffer. However, you can "eat yourself beautiful" by taking care of your liver and eating fresh, seasonal foods.
To help you, I put together a list of my top liver-loving beauty food:
LEMONS: Lemon, an alkaline fruit, is rich in vitamin C and is your ultimate liver detoxifier. Add it to your water daily to encourage healthy bile flow.
ARTICHOKE: Artichokes are the perfect vegetable for the liver and gallbladder because they increase bile production and elimination, and lower blood pressure.
ASPARAGUS: High in glutathione, a vital antioxidant needed for detox, and folate, asparagus is another perfect detox vegetable. Asparagus is tasty when eaten cooked or raw. You can also juice it, as well as add it to a stir-fry or soup.
DANDELIONS: This bitter green stimulates digestion. You can drink dandelion tea as suggested in your Guide, or make juice from fresh dandelions. You can also add them to a salad or sauté them in coconut oil.
GARLIC: Garlic, a well-known superfood and one of nature’s best antioxidants, is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. It promotes detoxification and helps prevent cancer.
NETTLE: Nettle, a super herb loaded with natural iron, antioxidants, and minerals, helps strengthen the liver, kidneys, and adrenals. If you are feeling tired or having trouble sleeping, this is your powerhouse herb. You can consume dried nettle such as in tea or find fresh nettle from a local farm
PEAS: Rich in vegan protein and packed with essential nutrients, peas are an ideal food to substitute for heavier protein sources during a detox.
SEA VEGETABLES: Sea veggies, including dulse, nori, kelp, arame, and kombu, are amazing supplements for a healthy lifestyle. Add one teaspoon to your meals to boost your intake of minerals and jumpstart your thyroid. The brand Maine Coast Sea Vegetables makes my favorite sea veggies. You can buy them on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
LEAFY GREENS: Leafy greens such kale, Swiss chard, spinach, bok choy, mustard greens, and watercress are wonderful for liver detoxification as they also increase bile production and elimination. You can sauté them, add them to a stir-fry or a smoothie, or make a salad with them.
FRESH HERBS: Garnish your salad, top a sweet potato, or freshen up a smoothie with fresh herbs known for removing heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals can lead to candida, hormonal imbalances, and poor sleep.
SUPERFOODS: You cannot go wrong by adding a teaspoon of superfoods to your smoothie or green juice, or mixing them into your Cranberry Flush. These superfoods diminish heavy metals and amplify energy. Chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorophyll, barley grass, and wild blue algae are the top superfoods for your liver.
In addition to adding the foods mentioned above into your diet, I want you consider the following and make a promise to love your liver:
Add foods to your diet that are rich in live bacteria. Live bacteria strengthen the immune system and remove unwanted waste from the digestive system. Your best choices for foods with a high amount of bacteria are cultured vegetables, dairy or non-dairy kefir, coconut or water kefir, or miso.
Add prebiotic-rich foods such as asparagus, bananas, beans, legumes, chicory root, garlic, honey, kefir/yogurt, leeks, onions, and peas, which set the stage for healthy bacteria to grow.
Add foods high in glutathione: asparagus, broccoli, watermelon, papaya, and avocado.
Add foods that support the liver and are rich in sulfur: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and Brussel sprouts.
Integrating the above-mentioned foods into your diet will go a long way towards a healthy liver. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that the health of your liver doesn’t only depend on your physical wellbeing; it also depends on your emotional wellbeing.
A toxic mind that’s filled with hatred, anger, and other negative emotions will clog your liver and prevent it from functioning as it’s meant to. When this happens, you’ll experience hormonal imbalances, constipation, acne, weak nails, gray hair, and sleep issues. Therefore, it's important to make sure both the food in your body, and the thoughts in your mind, are serving you well.