Top Tips for Keeping Your Liver Happy and Healthy

When we think of immune health, the liver is not the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, for most of us, our liver rarely springs to mind at all! But it is actually one of the largest and hardest working organs in our body and our primary means of filtration. That means it helps us absorb the good stuff and carry away the bad stuff like alcohol and unhealthy foods that are difficult to process. Pretty important stuff, especially during tailgating and holiday seasons!

To keep the liver running smoothly and efficiently we need to eat a healthy diet of whole foods that give it the right nutrients. The best way to do this is with a mix of complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Other helpful foods include good fat sources like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, and foods high in fiber like whole grains and beans.

Sounding a little familiar? It’s because a healthy whole-food diet supports all of the major organs in your body and helps keep your immune levels high so your body can better ward off infectious invaders.

Here are a few foods that are very helpful specifically to the liver, providing detoxification for the body.

  • Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, brussel sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, watercress, radish, and horseradish
  • Sulfur-rich foods: onions, cabbage, garlic, leeks, scallions, and shallots
  • Citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
  • Turmeric root
  • Whey protein
  • Herbal teas: Silymarin or milk thistle, dandelion root tea and green tea
  • Spices & herbs: cardamom and rosemary

If you are already eating a healthy diet to support your liver but still feel like you could use an extra boost, try a supplement that will aid your liver in working its magic. Look for one that contains probiotics, turmeric extract, Vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, quercetin, and lutein. Want to know which we recommend? Shoot us a message: nutrition@flavorandfettle.com. Eating a healthy diet and supplementing with these ingredients keeps our very important liver happy our our immune system healthy!