Foods & Drinks that Support Liver & Kidney Function
Following on from our post The Detox Myth, we’ve compiled a list of 5 foods and drinks that assist your body’s natural detox process.
Your kidneys manage your body’s sodium and mineral levels, removing excess salt, preventing the build-up of toxins in your body.
The liver is your largest internal organ, it aids digestion by producing bile that breaks down fats along with toxic substances.
A holistic approach to enhance liver and kidney function is to eat whole foods coupled with a shift from animal protein to plant-based protein sources. Alcohol, caffeine, unnecessary pharmaceuticals and tobacco products should also be avoided.
Your liver and kidneys will thank you for it!
1. Fresh Vegetables
Whether juiced, steamed or raw, ensure you diet comprises the rainbow of colours that the vegetable world offers.
Fresh celery, beetroot and carrot juice will do wonders for your liver and kidneys, enhancing toxin removal while providing energy for healing as a result of easier/efficient digestion.
2. Fruit Juices
Hydration is key. What better way to cool down than with a freshly prepared fruit juice? Fresh, as oxidation of the nutrients occurs from the moment the juice is prepared. To delay oxidation add lemon juice to your mix.
Cranberry, pomegranate and blueberry juice promote healthy kidney function. Avoid the high sugar-sweetened varieties.
3. Raw Spinach
Raw leafy greens are great for cleansing. They are packed with antioxidants and provide the vitamins required to boost your body’s detox process.
A favorite the world round, drinking your favorite cup (caffeine free) is a great way to hydrate and increase antioxidant levels. Opt for dandelion and nettle tea as they aid liver health and bile production.
5. Millet and Barley
High fiber content in millet and barley are ideal for cleansing as they allow waste products in the digestive tract to be removed with haste. The duo also manages your blood sugar levels thereby easing the load placed on your kidneys.