7 Foods To Maximize Liver Health

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Happy Monday everyone!

Summer is in full swing and with it, are all the great summer parties! From barbecue’s to clam bakes, summer is a time for festivities and gatherings and why not? It is a great time of the year and we should be out there enjoying every minute as much as we can. I love summer too and by end of May I have my calendar packed with trips to visit out of town friends, parties, and other wonderful events.

But you want to be mindful of the impact that all that food and alcohol is having on your body. Weekly parties or fun out of town trips, take a toll on the proper functioning of your body and what you might find at the end of the summer is that you are not feeling as good as you can be. I see it often, so many of my clients want to detox once summer is over to hit the reset button after eight weeks of overdoing it with food and wine. And detoxing is great! But you can also go about protecting your liver and body every day by just including foods that protect the liver from damage and help it to healthfully regenerate itself. (Click here to listen to my podcast on how to prevent Summer overindulging!)

In today’s video I am going to share with you the 7 foods you should be including in your diet on a regular basis to keep your liver healthy. These foods boost important antioxidants in the liver, stimulate the release of bile and overall, help the liver work optimally. Including them in your diet regularly will help mitigate the impact of barbecued meats and too much alcohol.

Once you have seen what the 7 foods are, I challenge you to begin including at least one of them in your diet right now. Pick one that you don’t currently eat so that you can broaden your palate and get the nutrients that exist in different foods. And I want to hear from you which you choose! So let me know in the comments below~

Enjoy your summer and take in every experience, living it to the fullest! But make sure you are taking care of yourself all the while too!
Have a great Monday!
xo
B

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34 comments on “7 Foods To Maximize Liver Health

  1. Jayne

    Hi Barbara I love your videos.
    I’m just having further tests after I had abnormal liver blood results .
    For many years I have been a sugar addict and often only ate sugar all day long. I realise this is very bad but struggled to stop.
    I’m now experiencing symptoms of a poorly liver and am wondering if the excessive sugar could be to blame and can I make things better by changing my diet?

    Jayne

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Jayne~ Yes, excessive sugar intake can lead to fatty liver. You need to stop sugar completely and give it time. Drink plenty of water, have the juice of half lemon in warm water first thing in the morning and retest in 3 to 6 months.
      I hope this helps!

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  2. Houston Fitzgerald

    I am hearing that garlic is actually bad for the liver, as well as onions. Can this possibly be true? I seem to have adverse affects from it but it may be my imagination. I do eat beets daily. Thanks

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Some people find that garlic and onions are overstimulating to the system and this can happen with some people with impaired liver function. The sulfur compounds in these veggies though can be very helpful for healthy liver function for those with stable liver activity.

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  3. Chad Webb

    Thanks Barbara! You just motivated me to make homemade saurkraut that has been being pushed off for several months. It takes a few weeks to ferment, so I will have to try other things until it is ready.

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  4. andrea

    Hi Barbara,
    I have been doing a lot of research on this topic lately. I am starting a family soon and have amalgams in my teeth. I’ve heard every side of the story and have decided to leave them alone….after testing low on a mercury test. Do you have any thoughts and do you think my vegan diet will help me in the long run? Thank you for all of your wisdom!!

    peace,
    andrea

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Vegan diets can be great b/c all the fiber and nutrients can help remove mercury from the body and then eliminate it through the bowels. Sounds like you are in good shape though, since it tested low. Just keep going with a balanced diet and I’m sure you’ll be fine.
      Good luck with your family plans…
      🙂
      B

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  5. Christy Helferich

    I really Love avocado and try to eat kale regularly it just seems to go bad quickly if you don’t use it. I make kale chips and that seems to work out well. I also take turmeric capsules and they are supposed to help with detoxing the liver. I appreciate all of your advice.

    Christy

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Thanks Christy! You may want to look into Debbie’s Green Bags….they help produce last a lot longer and can be reused. They are sold in Whole Foods and also Bed, Bath and Beyond~ Stay well! B

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  6. Jon Sheppard

    Thanks Barbara! Great to see that , unknowingly, I have been protecting my liver ( I eat a lot of avocado, get a lot of kale via juicing) and will continue to do so by incorporating more bitter greens. Keep the great tips coming !!!!!!!

    Best,
    JS

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  7. Mike

    There’s nothing like a cold Summer Shandy after cutting the lawn. Ooh and there some dandelions to counteract the alcohol. I feel so symbiotic.

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Ha! Funny!
      Speaking of dandelions, been putting something like 2 cups of it in my smoothies and you don’t even taste them!! Nice way to counteract any alcohol consumption under a shady tree 🙂

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  8. Lisa

    Hi Barb!!

    This topic is of great interest to me this week because, as you know, I am (still) taking Percocet regularly to tolerate the ruptured disc. It is very concerning, but I can’t manage without it. I have milk thistle in the house, but have read mixed reviews when it comes to it benefit regarding prescription med use. Anyway, I was thrilled to see this weeks video.
    I also wanted to mention something about beets for those who find cooking them daunting or too time consuming. A good alternative to canned, can be found at Trader Joes. They are sold fresh and cooked in the refridgerated produce section. Beets are a staple on our grocery list and even our 1 and 3 year old eat them warmed up.
    I am planning on adding lemon and red cabbage!!
    Thanks Barbara; you read my mind!

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Li! SOrry to hear you are still in pain~ I hope that resolves quickly. In the meantime, milk thistle would absolutely be beneficial for you while you take Percocet. Hopefully, you’ll be off it soon, but while on it, it would benefit you to take it. That being said, including these foods would be completely great to mitigate the effects of the drug.
      Thanks for the suggestion on the beets from TJ! That is great!!!
      See you soon!
      xoxo
      B

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  9. Pat

    I love red cabbage, broccoli, kale, and beets and already eat at least one of these every day, and bitter greens are already a big portion of every salad I eat. I’ll ramp up my garlic intake and I love the idea of the lemon juice in the morning. Is it solely because of the sugar content in beets that you don’t recommend juicing?

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    1. Barbara M Mendez

      Hey Pat~ Beets are high in sugar and that is one reason and another is that they are powerful detoxifiers so initially, they may provoke some nausea. If you do juice them, then start with 1/4 beet and see how it goes~ Thanks for commenting!
      B

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  10. Sylvain Chamberlain

    Hi.
    I have been suffering from debilitating neuralgia for two years. It first began from my first shingles attack at age 54. I got the shingles vaccine which diminished successive outbreaks over the next two years, but not completely. A year ago I broke a wisdom tooth, exposing a large amalgam filling. Within 3 months, my neuralgia spread bilaterally to my abdomen and legs and then feet. It has gotten so bad on my feet that I could hardly walk and only able to withstand the pain of wearing clothes for short periods.
    I have started creating juices with carrots, beets, spinach, kale, apples, pineapples, etc… I use lots of garlic in cooking and cabbage is also a regular at the table. I also take a supplement of Milk Thistle and A-Lipoic acid. Obviously, I am concerned about my liver. I recently had that broken tooth with a large exposed area of an old amalgam filling removed. My health has been immediately impacted and is slowly improving. I continue to suffer from neuralgia and take a regimen of the dreaded acetaminophen to control it. I really want to detox the mercury in my system, and eventually rid myself of the acetaminophen needs.
    What other therapies can you suggest in food or supplements to assist in my return to health?
    thank you so much…
    Sylvain

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Sylvain~ Sorry to hear about your health issues. Mercury toxicity is can be quite severe. Coincidentally, I am putting out a video on mercury chelation next week that you will benefit from, so watch out for that. In addition, you would benefit from removing all inflammatory foods from your diet. I’d be happy to do a consultation with you if you need that, but why don’t you first do the suggestions in next week’s video and see if that helps in the short term. Let me know~
      BEst~
      B

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  11. Jasmine Kanter

    I’ve been watching a lot of your videos on Youtube and they are wonderful. I’m sure my liver could use some support so i will try adding beets on occasion to my salad. I have the same question as Jorge Mendez-are canned beets ok to use (if they are organic) or will they not have the same benefits? If i buy fresh beets, how do i prepare them? Thanks Barbara.
    Jasmine.

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      I always prefer fresh over canned, as it is way more nutritious even if organic. It is easy enough to roast some beets and chop them into salad. Just clean them well, put them in the oven and roast them until you can pierce them with a fork. Then, allow to cool, and when they are, remove the skin. Beware that the color of the beets can stain your hands so you may want to use some sort of glove to protect your hands.

      Thanks for your lovely comments on the videos! Very much appreciated!
      B

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  12. Francesca

    Bitter greens! I bought a ton of rocket over the weekend. Luckily i absolutely love it 🙂
    I love artichokes too, but they’re too expensive to eat regularly and a bit laborious to cook if i remember correctly. Thanks B!

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      I love rocket too! You can buy less expensive artichoke hearts frozen in bags. They taste really great and because they are frozen, they last longer. You can easily roast them in the oven and chop into salads. They are so awesome!
      Thanks for the comment Francesca!
      B

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  13. Jorge Mendez

    As you know, I love my Scotch, and I do eat everything you reccomend in your video regularly with the exception of beets. I happen to like them, but I am close to being considered a diabetic and therefore I avoid using sugar in my diet.
    Is it safe for me to eat them regularly? Are canned beets as safe as fresh?
    Love to hear your answer.
    By the way, great video!

    Your Dad

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey dad~ While beets can have a good amount of sugar, you’d have to eat a lot of them for that sugar to truly make a negative impact on your blood sugar. Roasting some beets and adding to salad would be fine, but I would not suggest juicing beets or having Borscht, or anything like that, but a little cooked beet is fine.
      As for canned….you are much better off with fresh. Just roast some up and keep in the fridge then add to salad when you have it.
      Glad you enjoyed the video!! Take care of yourself dad!
      Love you~
      B

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  14. Goli Kocharian

    Thank you Barbara! I am a huge fan of pickled beets! They are lovely compliment to salad and roasted meats.

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