In Portland, the flowers are blooming, the trees are sprouting their leaves and many of us are feeling a sense of renewal and excitment about the upcoming Summer. After a cold, wet winter, this is a great time to recommit to our health. One bodily organ that deserves some love is our liver, our main organ of detoxification. Our liver filters our blood, regulates blood sugar and cholesterol, produces bile to breakdown fat and stores iron, glucose for energy and Vitamins A, D, K and B12. Adding liver supporting foods at this time of the year can help your liver continue functioning at its best. Some suggestions for beneficial liver foods include:
Beets: The fiber in beets increases the production of antioxidant enzymes in the liver, helping the body to eliminate bile and other toxic substances. The phyto nutrient, betalain, found in beets, provides anti- inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage are high in antioxidant properties. These vegetables have strong anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Lentil and beans: These nutritional powerhouses provide fiber to keep your bowels moving and help stabilize …