April 28, 2012 by getbodywise
Spring is officially here (it’s been here for a while, but now it’s really official!) and it’s time to think about your liver… yes your liver!
Our livers are our detox organ, and among many other things, they work hard in the Spring to rectify all of the effects of hibernating for the winter. Let’s face it, in winter we’re eating heartier foods, we’re not as active, and depending on where you live you may not have access to the freshest most nutritious foods, and let’s not forget all of the holidays… but fear not, now it’s Spring and the abundance of fresh, local, nutritious foods is exciting. And our livers are yearning for support!
What foods can help you boost energy and liver function this Spring (and even year round)?
Beets: roasted, sliced, diced or juiced, beets give your liver a boost!
Bitter Greens & Cruciferous Veggies: i.e. arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, mustard greens, bok choy, turnips, and more support the liver in various ways, providing essential vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds necessary for detoxification.
Quality Proteins: free range, pastured eggs, organic cottage cheese, lentils, cold water fish, free range poultry, grass-fed beef and high quality whey – all support the liver, providing the building blocks it needs to function at its best.
Brazil nuts, crimini mushrooms, Chinook salmon and more for selenium, an important antioxidant mineral necessary for liver health.
And there’s more! Head to your local farmer’s market for the freshest selection! (why shop at farmers markets? Find out here)