Liver Cleansing Foods

Very rarely do I offer my opinion on diet plans but this liver cleansing diet worked great for me.

The liver is a very important and ‘abused’ organ in the body. It is important because it performs vital functions such as regulating of the Blood Sugar, Making and Burning of Fat, Absorbing Omega Fatty Acids, Regulating Cholesterol, Balancing of the Key Weight-Loss Hormones, Maintenance of the Muscle Tone, and getting rid of fattening toxins.

But why is it abused?

The liver, although it handles the difficult task of maintaining metabolism and flushing away the toxins of the body, does not get a holiday. Basically, the liver is not given the healthy break it deserves after working with excessive alcohol, medications, viruses and bacteria that the body encounters everyday for years.

Here are some of the tell-tale signs a person encounters that signals the liver’s need for tender loving care:

• Weight problems such as bingeing, uncontrolled weight gain and excessive fat in the abdomen

• Fatigue and uncontrolled sleepiness

• Digestive problems such as frequent constipation, recurring heartburn, halitosis or bad breath and indigestion

• Mental conditions such as irritability, depression, negative thoughts, mood swings, poor memory and feeling of helplessness

• Skin problems such as under eye circles, acne, skin rashes, and premature aging

In order to avoid bigger problems, which can be caused by the signs mentioned earlier, it is best to give the liver a detox in order for it to function better. Try detoxifying the liver by observing a healthy lifestyle, proper exercise and eating liver cleansing foods.

Such liver cleansing foods can be rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber that help the liver to remove unwanted baggage that slows down its performance. Examples of liver cleansing foods include oats, leafy green vegetables, olives and olive oil, beans, legumes, garlic and onions, tomatoes, nuts, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon and flax seed and flax seed oil.

In particular, studies show that turmeric contains high amount of beta carotene, which can help protect the liver from the damages caused by free radicals. The antioxidant present in turmeric also helps the liver heal as it assists in metabolizing of fats. Garlic and onion, which are commonly used in sautéing especially in Asian cuisines, contain phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body. Garlic and onion are also proven to posses antiviral and antibacterial properties to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi thereby assisting the liver in protecting the body against harmful foreign invaders.

If there is good food, there are also foods which should not be eaten so that liver problems can be avoided. These bad foods for the liver are processed foods, artificial food additives, colors, preservatives, and animal foods such as meat and synthetic sweeteners. Foods which are not organically grown and treated with pesticides and synthetic chemicals used in the growing processes should be avoided as well.

Some strict liver detox diets also recommend eating only raw and unprocessed foods. Experts say that the cooking process can diminish important enzymes that are needed by the liver for its vital functions. Many conditions and health problems can be avoided with the right choice of foods and healthy lifestyle. Early intervention and prevention are intelligent steps in keeping the body fit and free of diseases.


39 Responses to “Liver Cleansing Foods”

  1. Anonymous on October 26th, 2009 11:48 am

    A low fat diet rich in fibers is very much friendly to the liver. Researches have shown that citrus fruits like oranges and specially papaya etc. are very helpful in keeping your liver healthy.

  2. Lady on October 30th, 2009 5:49 am

    Water is a great way to lose weight fast and efficiently. drinking water and keeping yourself cleansed in your system will make sure your healty

  3. Linda on November 6th, 2009 12:09 am

    Great information. I agree that the liver is abused by many people. Especially in the Western world. I think heavy alcohol drinking is the primary cause of liver problems. And of course, liver damage is permanent so it’s a good idea to look after it.

  4. Jill on November 28th, 2009 9:43 am

    My husbands liver could use a good cleanse he needs to cut back on the alcohol a bit.

  5. ANSH on December 21st, 2009 1:21 pm

    I think we should take food that is beneficial for our health because a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. So that your post is looking very nice and very informative. Anyways keep it up and keep continue.

  6. ANSH on December 23rd, 2009 1:33 pm

    Liver Cleansing Foods is a great thing to keep your self healthy and fit because if you have a good and healthy liver then its sure you are having the good life. Anyways keep it up and keep continue.

  7. Tiara on December 29th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Liver cleansing foods is a nice way to maintain your fitness and health.

  8. Crissy on January 19th, 2010 4:59 am

    Have just found this link through searching for my mum, am looking for help with foods that help to repair the liver and reviatalise it’s function.. any help on that would be appreciated..

  9. monika on January 29th, 2010 5:48 am

    Great tips, I often say this sort of thing to people who are just looking to get started out on the path to weighing less, looking and feeling better. Just simple exercises like walking can have a significant impact on weight loss.

  10. cindy on February 2nd, 2010 5:10 am

    Good article, full of helpful information. I think we tend to forget how much work our liver has to do and needs to be treated carefully.

  11. cindy on February 2nd, 2010 4:42 pm

    any tips on making these liver cleansing foods taste good? any recipes?

  12. Eliseo Lozano on February 4th, 2010 10:15 am

    Drinking lots of water and eating fresh fruits, vegetables and sprouts is very good for health. Oats are rich in fibre and aids in digestion.

  13. Yanice on February 11th, 2010 7:34 am

    The liver is a very important organ and it is not good to just take advantage of it. It is important because it is necessary for a lot of functions in the body.

  14. Tom@Bad Breath on March 6th, 2010 12:21 pm

    I recall reading somewhere that placing a small heating pad directly over the live (while lying down) for about half-an-hour a day is a very good way to give it a helping hand. I’ve never actually tried it myself but I do remember the article in question provided a number of anecdotes from people who claimed the practice gave them a tremendous energy boot, and improved the general health and mood too.

  15. MURRAY on August 18th, 2010 1:29 pm

    In regards to Linda stating that liver damage is permanent- NOT true. The liver is constantly regenerating itself. Even the previously irreversible condition of cirrhosis can now be reversed via the arthritis drug Sulphasalazine.

    Furthermore, liver regeneration and protection is best accomplished through the use of Ultrathistle which happens to be perhaps the most potent form of milk thistle produced.

  16. SANJAY GUPTA on November 25th, 2010 11:50 am

    Really we are abusing liner by junk foods and alchol , mental stress and many other bad habits which have become a part of our lifestyle , I prefer water the best way to cleanse not only liver but the whole body.

  17. kk on December 14th, 2010 1:43 am

    I have been exercising rigorously for the past 3 months but have a constant weight. My muscles are toned but have fat on tummy.. what should i test? Liver or cortisol?

  18. Chris on December 22nd, 2010 9:59 am

    It’s not so much finding foods that are good for your liver as avoiding foods and drinks that are bad for it, in particular excess intake of alcohol (although moderate amounts every so often do help to maintain your levels of alcohol dehydrogenase!).

  19. +919789795114 on March 7th, 2011 6:01 am

    yeah…Flax-seed ,The best source of EFA to strengh our Liver.

  20. Anonymous on March 22nd, 2011 11:14 am

    1 week into a 2-week liver cleansing diet myself now……after a short 2-3 day carb-withdrawal during which I was quite surly, have felt better. Being a grains (no grains on my version) and milk fan, I do miss that, but have found the raw veggies somewhat pleasant (getting more positive every day). It’s just a huge change in mindset…….I look forward to a small cookie when I’m done, though. 🙂

  21. Little ol me on April 30th, 2011 7:04 pm

    I have taken Depakote for 18 years. It is know to cause liver damage in some people. I have also noticed the foods I eat cause problems. Deep fried fish, french fries, hambergers and so forth kill me. Fried foods are the enemy of the liver. On the other hand boiled chicken, baked turkey or fish is great. Energy level is better too. I also agree with the cleaning out of the body. It does wonders.

  22. ROBERT on June 6th, 2011 2:41 pm

    Liver cleansing:
    1. Detoxify your entire blood
    2. Colon cleanasing is a must
    3. Take more raw veg and fruits
    4. Avoid alcohols and soft drinks
    5. Drink plenty of water
    6. Shower two times a day
    7. Take oil bath twice a week
    8. Have sex twice a month
    9. Cleanse your colon twice a year.

  23. Helen on August 4th, 2011 1:04 am

    I usually drink a glass of wine each night with dinner. Recenty I’ve been feeling sluggish, my liver area is enlarged a little bit and I’ve put on a lot of tummy fat. I have also been suffering joint pains. I have decided to cut out alcohol and my joint pain has gone (in only 24 hour!). Interesting……

  24. Anonymous on September 14th, 2011 4:58 am

    I find in many places that excess alcohol intake is bad for liver and other parts of the body. Can somebody quantify the word “excess” in terms of milliliter (ml)?


  25. Anonymous on September 15th, 2011 12:02 am

    The joint pain going away after dropping alcohol could be gout

  26. Fez on September 19th, 2011 8:22 am

    I keep seeing again and again that Turmeric is beneficial in keeping the liver healthy. I have had very little experience with this plant. I would be interested in leaning some recipes which feature it.

  27. Anonymous on September 19th, 2011 11:49 am

    i drink at least 120 ml whiskey,. I know this is not good, but after reading this message I think i will drink more water with my drink.

  28. James@Articate on September 23rd, 2011 2:47 pm

    I have been having a lot of success doing liver flushes {the olive oil / lemon juice flush) every 3 or 4 weeks. I have had a terrible time with gallstones the last year or so with wrist pain, toe pain, pains in my absomen, acid reflux and even ear and jaw pain at times.

    However after around 12 flushes I think I have pretty much cleared my liver and gallbladder and feel great. The flushes hardly yield anything now and I am now free of any pain and have lots of energy. Plus the dark circles under my eyes are barely noticeable any more, which is an added bonus.

  29. Anonymous on November 16th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Great info! There’s more on liver cleansing at Most important: Raw food gets you back “home” with your health…We are what we eat, someone said… and the best one: “What we sow we shall reap”. If you do not like your present harvest, start sowing something else TODAY,so you will enjoy your harvest in the future…Have a great day, friends!

  30. Shaun Brown on November 23rd, 2011 8:20 pm

    I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver, I don’t drink to any extent, infact I may have the odd can of beer, say in a fortnight. I started to have a lot of pain up my right side and under the ribs, scans suggest a fatty liver and the liver count is slightly raised. I find the best thing for this is apple cider vinegar mixed with water, I also eat grain bread other that white bread. I have also stopped eating processed foods like pre packed ham and other meats like that.

    The biggy was I didn’t really eat fruit well never did. But started to eat oranges and pears, banana’s things like that. I have felt a dramatic change in my mood as well as my fitness although I haven’t lost much weight yet. I’m now going to work on my weight loss with the aid of fat burning foods like onions, fruits and my apple cider vinegar. To be honest I think a lot of foods how they are made should be banned, they aren’t fit for human consumption and think Dog food would be better for you. Thank you all for your very informative and helpful tips, Praise the lord for the internet and you fine people.

    Good luck to you all and keep healthy.
    Regards Shaun.

  31. Bowen on January 20th, 2012 3:16 am

    If you do a liver detox how can you measure any fat loss from the liver?

  32. Chef Heavey on February 6th, 2012 7:47 pm

    Thats a good list of ingredients for a healthful liver salad. I am always trying to prepare food responsibly and a large part of that is keeping my clients healthy. While it’s tempting to follow traditional culinary techniques, which often favor rich ingredients, preparing a cleansing vitamin packed meal with the great flavor of olive oil turmeric, cayenne citrus and the other ingredients you mentioned gets my clients in a mood to revitalize their lifestyles with powerful ingredients.

    thanks for the list.

  33. Anonymous on February 24th, 2012 1:04 pm

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  34. Prasanth kesav on February 26th, 2012 11:59 pm

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  35. Anonymous on March 10th, 2012 10:56 pm

    WOW lots of great info.I just hope I can buckle down and use it.Thanks again.

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  37. Anonymous on March 8th, 2014 12:03 am

    Glad I’ve found this site where I saw a lot of interesting infos by experts and experiences by real people. Begun to be so alarmed when my doctor told me that my blood test recently shows that I HAVE FATTY LIVER. I am in my early 40s, relatively healthy lifestyle with no alcohol, no cigarette and take fruits and veggies with normal cholesterol and normal sugar. after careful thoughts and it has yet to be observed and examined again thru lab test–that there’s something in my life that I RECENTLY DID that might have led me to this health concern. I am contributing to this blogs because I want to give WARNINGS to people like me who might have been OBSESSED in LOSING WEIGHT. Yes, I joined the band wagon of trying on this kind of weight loss pill which claims pure green coffee bean as main ingredient. I already finished my two bottles and did make wonders. From size 12, I came back to 8–but I did it with a lof of actv like running, zumba and yoga too. Didn’t know if the pill worked for me–or helped me with my weight loss.

    Right now, my doctor told me stop taking the pills and have a blood test again after months and see if this fatty liver is caused by this fat blocker. I AM SO WORRIED OF MY HEALTH NOW LIKE EVER BEFORE AND PROMISE MYSELF NOT TO TAKE ANY PILL BUT RESORT TO NATURAL, HEALTHY FOOD.

    I feel sorry and so guilty for myself that I had to resort to this fad of trying things without thinking of its possible side effects on my long term health. I hope there’s still a natural way to make my LIVER healthy!

  38. Anonymous on March 8th, 2015 10:13 pm

    I went out and had a few drinks last night, I rarely drink alcohol. Now today my right sides been hurting. 6 months ago my liver enzymes were elevated x3 above normal range..alkaline phosphate, ast and alt..she never wanted a follow up..bilirubin low..Ive aged about 10 years in the last 6 months and frequently constipated..

  39. Anonymous on April 28th, 2015 10:19 am

    how quickly can liver damage or kidney issues come on? In December had blood work done all is good and im healthy and in march dr told me I was healthy. just wanted me to exercise.. I am extremely paranoid due to my sisters sudden death. Due suffer extreme anxiety so not sure if that is why I don’t feel good or if something is wrong.

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