By Dr. Elizabeth Stimson ND
The liver is the major detoxification organ in the body. One of the many roles the liver plays is to eliminate toxins such as: environmental pollutants, medication and other drugs (alcohol etc), hormones as well as toxins that are produced in the body due to everyday body processes. Keeping the liver in peak condition is important in maintaining good health and is especially helpful in cases of PMS, menopause, weight loss, cancers and skin conditions (acne, psoriasis) to name a few.
Many foods are beneficial to the liver especially those that are bitter in quality and colorful. These foods include: dark green vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, dandelion greens and kale), red and orange vegetables (carrots, beets, yam, red and yellow peppers).
Adding the above foods to your diet, drinking plenty of pure water (adding lemon helps with detoxification), and trying to reduce stress in your life (yoga, meditation, exercise etc…) are some simple ways to start off the New Year and give this important organ a boost.
Murray, Michael, and Pizzorno, Joseph. Encyclopedia of Natural
Medicine, Revised 2nd edition. Rocklin, California; Prima health 1998: 104-125
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