Spring Clean: Liver Detox

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Liver is the organ responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as Qi and blood. Along with its partner, the Gallbladder, the liver is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions. Most of us have some kind of liver qi stagnation – it feels natural to be planning ahead and knowing where we are going to next. However, finding ways to ensure there is a sense of ease and grace, dropping rigidity and determination about our plans and being able to enjoy the moment is really important at this time of year to keep our physical and emotional world in balance. There are many symptoms of an imbalance in the liver, including blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, period pain, muscle tension, cramps and tremors, constipation or diarrhoea, irritability, stress and outbursts of anger. Slowing down, finding an outlet for stress and decreasing stimulants (such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar) are just some of the ways you can rebalance disharmony in your liver and gallbladder. If you find you are craving sour foods, your liver may be in need of some extra love. Try including some of these foods in your diet, or drinking some green juices (dandelion and milk thistle are great here). Your liver will love you for it!

Liver Loving Foods

  • lemon, lime, apple and grapefruit
  • beets and carrots
  • green tea
  • leafy green vegetables such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory
  • avocado, walnuts
  • olive, hemp and flax seed oil
  • broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
  • turmeric, ginger, garlic, onion, fennel, mint, black pepper
  • grains, legumes, seeds

Liver Detox Foods

  • mung beans and their sprouts
  • lettuce
  • cucumber
  • watercress
  • seaweed
  • celery
  • millet
  • tofu
  • plum
  • dark green vegetables
  • mushrooms
  • rhubarb
  • bitter foods such as rye, asparagus, citrus peel, alfalfa, mustard greens, quinoa, radish

beet-juice

Sweet Beet Juice

  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Beet
  • 2 Red Apples
  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • ½ inch of ginger root
  • ½ organic lemon, peeled

Liver Boosting Beet Juice

  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 handful parsley

Deep Green Liver Detox

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 cup swiss chard
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled

Liver Detox Green Smoothie

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1/2 rib celery
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 cup dandelion greens (or other bitter green)
  • 1/2 cup parsley
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