For most of us, the festive period involved going NUTS over food, alcohol and more food! Now that Christmas is over, it comes as no surprise that many of us are considering giving our livers a little break. According to Alcohol Change, a whopping number of over four million people in the UK take on Dry January each year. But, is ditching the booze enough to ‘clean up’ your liver? While it’s easy to assume that Dry January is the quick fix, a healthy and balanced diet is also essential for maintaining liver health.
Cutting back on processed foods, fats, refined sugars, starchy foods and (of course!) alcohol is a great way of relieving the strain on your liver. Replace these with foods such as cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower and broccoli), which are packed with components that support liver function! Here are a few liver-friendly foods to help keep your liver in good shape for the rest of your Dry January…
Beetroot Beets are not only rich in colour, but also in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that are detoxifying and cleansing for our bodies. These include betaine that helps eliminate and protect your liver from toxins, and also pectin, a fibre that clears toxins from your liver and prevents them from returning to your body. Pop into store to try our Beet Box cold-pressed juice – a nourishing blend of beetroot, apple, lemon and ginger.
Turmeric The yellow spice is known to do wonders for your liver! A popular ingredient used in curries, turmeric stimulates enzymes in the liver that remove carcinogens and other toxins, and also contains antioxidants that repair liver cells. Warm up with our Turmeric Latte, or opt for our refreshing Turm Me On cold-pressed juice.
Walnuts While you may associate walnuts with their brain-boosting power, they’re also a great source of antioxidants! Walnuts contain the amino acid arginine, which the liver uses to neutralise and flush out disease-causing ammonia, alongside other toxins caused by the likes of alcohol. They’re also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support natural liver cleansing. Perfect for your January detox!
Adding just a small amount of garlic to your diet can help stimulate your liver. It assists in activating the detox enzymes in the liver, helping your body naturally flush out toxins. Garlic also contains selenium, a mineral that is essential in helping support liver cleanse.
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