8 Spring Foods for Cleansing to Support Your Liver Function

Spring Foods for Liver Support

Spring is always a great time to refresh, renew, analyze, de-clutter and detox. There is no right or wrong way to spring clean your liver but these 8 spring foods will provide a great starting point.¬†When we eat these¬†colorful veggies and fruits, that are antioxidant rich, the energy is transferred to us. Try adding one or two more servings to your day, or try adding a new color or new vegetable that you haven’t yet tried. Who knows what you new foods you may discover, to add to your daily diet.

Short list of 8 spring foods to get you started:

  1. lemons
    My favorite on the spring foods list is lemon. Really at any time at all. It’s so refreshing and has a lovely tart taste.¬†Lemons are also abundant in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system while fighting free radical damage to the body. Squeeze a little lemon into your morning glass of water and enjoy. Or better yet make your very own zesty salad dressing. Drizzle this dressing on kale, broccoli or just about any vegetable you can think of.
  2. avocados
    Avocados are rich in glutathione. This powerful antioxidant supports the liver in getting rid of harmful materials. I love to scrape out the seed of the avocado and using it to bake an egg inside. They are also fun to add into a smoothie as it turns it into a creamy beverage.
  3. asparagus
    Asparagus is another on my favorite spring foods list.  It cooks very quickly making it a perfect addition to your morning omelet and what better way to start the day than with a fresh green veggie. Asparagus contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant known for its role in supporting the body’s natural detoxification process carried out by your liver.
  4. garlic
    Raw garlic helps your body to destroy unwanted chemicals and toxins and activates liver enzymes. I’m a huge fan of garlic. It is not only on my spring foods list but all year round. Love to take fresh cloves and mince them. Then¬†add them on top of my bagel in the morning, or in salads for lunch and into just about any meal that I’m having at dinner. Those who know me, will testify to the fact that many of my dishes taste overabundantly like garlic.
  5. dandelion
    Yup even that pesky weed on your lawn contains medicinal properties. Now I suggest that you don’t pick it and eat it from there, especially if you spray chemicals to control weeds on your lawn. Having said that the root of dandelion makes a great tea that has been shown to help the liver rid the body of toxins. The tea can be a tad bitter, so you may want to add in some natural honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up and these too contain some great added benefits for your body.
  6. walnuts
    Walnuts are high in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a type of omega-3 fat that not only boosts brain power and also supports detoxification in the body. If you are not a fan of eating walnuts raw right out of the shell, try crushing some and putting them in your salad or on a stir fry recipe.
  7. beets
    These are actually my go to in the winter to fend off cold and flu season.¬†It’s acceptable to continue eating these root veggies well into spring. Beets benefit the overall health of the liver while also boosting cardiovascular endurance. You can roast beets, juice them, slice them up or shred them in salads.
  8. green tea
    I had to add this one, as nothing says springtime better to me than a nice refreshing cold glass of ice tea. You could even add your lemon into this and double up on the goodness. For a refreshing cool twist also add a bit of fresh mint. Oh so yummy. Green tea is high in catechins, which cleanse the body and support liver health.

Spring Foods: Green tea with lemon & mint

No matter how far off track your diet may have taken a turn over the winter months, spring is a time of transition and a time to re-introduce spring foods. With this warmer weather finally upon us, take a look at what your reset will look like.

Be sure to keep these spring foods in mind over the next few weeks. A great place to start is to pick one new food to add to your cooking routine each week. Expand your palate and support your best self.

If you would like to learn more about spring cleansing to keep your body in top condition, have a look at these two great books available at Amazon:

  1. The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Diet¬†AND this one …
  2. 10 Day Springs Green Smoothies Cleanse, Detox & Weight Loss Plan: Unlock the Green Smoothies Secret & Enjoy Over 65 Recipes with Other Health Benefits such as Mental Clarity, More Energy & Relaxation.

Here’s to your health and Aging Healthy Beyond 100. Cheers, Irene