The liver is responsible for many functions, whether it be storing vitamins, minerals, and carbs; removing toxins from the bloodstream; producing bile to digest fats and break down hormones, balancing proteins, fats, and sugars in the bloodstream; or removing old red blood from the body. The liver also breaks down toxins like alcohol, drugs, and the natural by-products of metabolism. The liver helps your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and provides your blood with glucose when needed. It also gets rid of glucose from the blood if it is too much. To sum up, it is important to keep the liver well-being.
Taking Care Of Your Liver
To maintain a healthy liver, you should take out processed foods from your diet and add foods that support and detoxify your liver. Improving your diet by eating foods rich in antioxidants can increase your liver’s ability to get rid of toxins and harmful free radicals from the body. Among other benefits, a healthy liver leads to healthier skin, a reduction in unhealthy liver stones, more efficient food processing, and better bile production to break down fats.
Some possible signs that your liver needs more support are bloating, heartburn and indigestion, feeling tired, excessive sweating, unexplained weight gain, or constipation.
Even if you don’t realize it, your liver is constantly working. You may not notice anything out of the ordinary even if it stops working properly. Fortunately, there are many foods you can eat to help prevent liver disease. Smoothies are one of them!
Smoothies provide an easy way to get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy liver. Liver-friendly foods include kale, cabbage, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, avocado, asparagus, green tea, turmeric, curry, cashews, almonds, dairy products, broccoli, chamomile tea, artichoke, brussels sprouts, walnuts, ginger, grapefruit, blueberries, beetroot juice, mustard greens, hazelnuts, and lemon.
Super Cleanse Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup kale, 1 small beetroot, 1 sliced apple, 1⁄2 peeled lemon, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ¼ inch slice of fresh ginger, water to your desired consistency
Muddy Buddy Smoothie
Ingredients: 2 kale leaves, 1 large frozen banana, 1⁄2 avocado, ¼ cup cashews or soaked almonds, 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon flax seeds, water, or almond milk to your desired consistency
Boy Coy Cooler
Ingredients: 1-2 cups bok choy leaves, 1 whole English cucumber, 10 parsley stalks, basil or mint leaves, 1 teaspoon spirulina (optional), 2 chopped pears, 1 chopped apple, 1-2 inch fresh ginger, 2 cups of water
Ultimate Liver Smoothie
Ingredients: 3 carrots, 2 cups leafy greens, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 organic lemon (quartered), 1 apple (cored and sliced), 1 cup purple cabbage (chopped), water to your desired consistency
Put the ingredients together and blend!
Ingredients: 1 cup spinach, 1 cup steamed artichoke, 1 garlic clove, a pinch of turmeric powder, juice of half a lemon, and water to your desired consistency
Chocolate Morning Delight
Ingredients: 4 cups baby greens, frozen greens, or other dark green lettuce; 1 cup shredded cabbage; 1 cup water (plus more for desired consistency), 4 ounces frozen blueberries, 4 ounces frozen cherries, half a ripe banana or avocado, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla
Liver Detox Smoothie
Ingredients: 11⁄2 cups baby spinach, 2 stalks of celery (diced), 1 avocado (peeled and chopped), 1 green apple (chopped), 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup water
Green Beauty Cilantro Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 bunch of cilantro, half an unpeeled grapefruit, half an unpeeled navel orange, ½ cup pineapple, 1 tablespoon honey (adjust to taste), 1 teaspoon of spirulina (optional), water as needed (for mixing)