Friday, August 10, 2012

Cleansing the liver with these Foods

Hello lovely people,

Let food be thy medicine ~ Hippocrates

I had to take a a break from watching the Olympics to write this blog post. In this blog post, I will talk about the job of the liver and the importance of caring for the liver with 4 foods. Lastly, issues/problems that may arise when the liver is not working optimally.

Every nutrient goes through the liver. 
The liver helps with digestion, it makes proteins, and gets rid of all the junk (i.e. toxins) that enter the body via the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. 

When toxins enter the body, which can potentially destroy tissues or damaged cells, it is the job of the liver to help destroy these toxins from the blood stream.

The liver can become overworked and comprised. When the liver is not working optimally, disease and illness get that 'open window' to grow. As a result, the liver is often tied to many diseases and illnesses. Therefore, the health of the liver is of utmost importance.

A variety of foods and nutrients can ensure that you increase your natural antioxidants to help keep the liver working optimally.

Green tea: Contains antioxidants that break down the accumulation of fat in the liver and promote proper liver function.

Leafy Green Vegetables, such as arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, and mustard greens, cleanse the liver and help to neutralize heavy metals. Bitter greens cause the liver to secrete more bile, which is necessary for digestion.

Avocados: Protects the body against toxic overload.

Grapefruit, a great source of antioxidants and Vitamin C - two powerful liver cleansers and help the liver burn more fat.

Research on the liver has really made me acutely aware of the foods that I put into my body. I hope it does the same for you. You can find more information on Naturalnews.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Smoothies + Fruit & Veggie Juice Inspiration

 We all need a bit of inspiration sometimes. I decided to browse pinterest for some smoothie and juice photos (+ recipes). I found these which are below. The recipes are not included (Sorry). I haven't juiced lately (smoothies have been my thing) and I wanted to try some new juice recipes. I wanted to feel inspired. I needed some inspiration. Maybe this can help you feel inspired as well. I hope you enjoy.

I have several juice and smoothie posts on my blog already, but sometimes its important to have something new and different.

All images are via pinterest.

Take care,