How to Detox the Liver Through Diet


Your liver is the heaviest and most hard-working internal organ in your body. It is located in the upper right side of your abdomen. Your liver carries out numerous functions that are necessary for survival. It filters out illness-causing toxins in your blood and breaks down fats. The buildup of harmful toxins in your body can overpower your liver, causing extreme damage. However, you can prevent liver damage by detoxifying your liver with foods that strengthen and cleanse your liver.

Step 1

Consume plenty of artichokes. Artichokes contain a potent phytochemical called cynarin, which protects your liver and boosts liver cell regeneration and detoxification. Add artichokes to your diet.

Step 2

Eat a lot of apricots. This fruit contains natural salicylate which optimizes liver function and detoxification while boosting your metabolism to give you extra energy. Eat at least two cups of apricots a day.

Step 3

Drink Siberian ginseng extract. This potent root contains of substances called eleutherosides which strengthen your liver and help it flush out disease-causing toxins. You can purchase Siberian ginsing vials at an Asian supermarket. Drink two vials every day as a beverage.

Step 4

Add turmeric to your diet. This common South Indian spice contains three potent substances called COX-2, curcumin and LOX, which help your pancreas increase bile production, allowing your liver cells to disintegrate and remove the toxins your body accumulates over time. Add turmeric to your meals or eat Indian dishes rich in turmeric spice.

Step 5

Consume plenty of papayas. This tropical fruit helps the body produce glutathione, a powerful compound that removes toxins and pollutants from your liver. Add slices of papaya fruit to your main dishes and salads every day. You can also eat them as a snack.


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  • Liver Diseases
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About this Author

Frank Dioso has worked for diagnostic laboratories and has written clinical research papers since 2002. He is currently contributing his medical knowledge to various online publications. Dioso holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Emilio Aguinaldo College.

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