The liver is an incredibly important organ that is responsible for over 500 functions in the body! One of these functions is the detoxification and neutralization of metabolic wastes and toxins. We encounter toxins everyday through the food we eat, air we breathe, water we drink, products we use, and medications we take. It’s impossible for any of us to completely eliminate exposures so the next best thing is to make sure our liver is in top condition to handle everything that comes its way. This is where liver support and detox comes in.

Think of your liver like the filter in a fish tank. The job of the filter is to remove contaminants from the water to keep the tank clean and the fish healthy. However, every so often you need to remove the filter and give it a good cleaning so it doesn’t get bogged down and can do its job effectively. The same is true with your liver. It’s your liver’s job is to filter your blood and remove wastes and toxins but because we are constantly exposed to contaminants every so often it can be helpful to take some extra steps to give our liver a little extra help.

These 8 foods have been shown to support the natural functions of the liver as well as repair any damage that has been caused along the way. Eating them on a regular basis may help keep your liver running like a well-oiled machine. For extra liver support, you can download my guide to an easy, 7 Day, Food-Based Liver Detox.


Liver Support Garlic



Garlic increases production of antioxidants which can help protect the liver from the harmful metabolic waste it encounters every day. The main active component in garlic is Allicin, a sulfur compound that decreases inflammation and activates liver enzymes that are responsible for removing waste from the body.


Liver Support limes, lemons, oranges



High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, limes, and lemons support the natural detoxing abilities of the liver by protecting the liver cells from free radical damage so they can do their job efficiently and effectively.


Liver Support Beets



Beets activate powerful enzymes like glutathione and superoxide dismutase, that protect liver cells from damage and allow the liver to work effective to eliminate waste products and toxins.


Liver Support Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, mustard greens, and arugula contain high levels of chlorophyll and can mop up environmental toxins like heavy metals and pesticides which reduces the workload on the liver. Leafy greens also stimulate bile flow to keep the liver running smoothly.


Liver Support Avocado



Avocados help our body produce the powerful antioxidant glutathione, which is a key player in our detox system. The fatty acids in avocado also work to protect the liver from wastes and repair cellular damages that has occurred.


Liver Support Broccoli


Broccoli and its vegetable relatives like cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage are good sources of glucosinolate, which supports the production of enzymes in the liver that process wastes and metabolizing hormones. These compounds have even been shown to help prevent liver cancer.


Liver Support Walnuts



Polyphenols found in walnuts have strong liver protective properties and can prevent damage to the liver cells as well as repair cellular damage caused by wastes. Walnuts also contain high levels of l-arginine, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which help to detoxify the liver and support toxin elimination.


Liver support artichoke


Artichoke contains the compound Cynarin which promotes the flow of bile to keep the liver running smoothly. Effective bile flow protects the liver cells from damage cause by the build-up of wastes and assists in the elimination of toxins from the body.




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