Give your liver and kid­neys a help­ing hand with these nat­u­rally cleans­ing foods – no liq­uid diet re­quired!

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NUTRITION -


“High in potas­sium, beet­root sup­ports the nat­u­ral elim­i­na­tion of waste through your kid­neys and blad­der,” nutri­tion­ist Liesl Döhring, from Mel­bourne’s Na­tro health clinic, says. It’s also high in an­tiox­i­dants, which help off­set free rad­i­cal dam­age.


Due to its al­ginic acid con­tent, seaweed binds to tox­ins in the body, which helps them to be ex­creted. “It comes in dif­fer­ent forms, such as nori, dulse or kelp flakes, which are great on sal­ads,” nutri­tion­ist Stephanie Malouf says.


Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Mary­land in the US, these tasty berries pre­vent bac­te­ria from at­tach­ing to the walls of your uri­nary tract, help­ing pre­vent uri­nary and kid­ney in­fec­tions. They’re also full of an­tiox­i­dants to coun­ter­act free ra­dial dam­age, and fi­bre to aid di­ges­tion.


This crunchy veg is high in potas­sium and wa­ter – two sub­stances that sup­port kid­ney func­tion and waste elim­i­na­tion. A study from the Univer­sity of Colorado in the US also found it can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and pro­tect against fatty liver dis­ease.


Steamed, baked or grilled ar­ti­chokes are chock-full of the pre­bi­otic fi­bre in­ulin, which binds to waste prod­ucts and helps flush them from the bow­els, Döhring says. As well as keep­ing your di­ges­tive sys­tem in good nick, ar­ti­chokes can also sup­port liver func­tion and the pro­duc­tion of bile, which helps elim­i­nate waste from the di­ges­tive tract.


The cit­ric acid in lemon in­creases the pro­duc­tion of sali­vary amy­lase in your mouth. Amy­lase helps your body break down starchy carbs, which means it’s es­sen­tial for healthy di­ges­tion. Not keen on lemon wa­ter? Squeeze some juice over your lunchtime salad in­stead.

Wa­ter­cress and rocket salad

Wa­ter­cress is high in an­tiox­i­dants that help neu­tralise free rad­i­cals be­fore they dam­age cells, while bit­ter green rocket stim­u­lates the formation of bile in the liver and as­sists in the re­moval of tox­ins.


It might di­vide opin­ion with its po­lar­is­ing taste, but co­rian­der is a detox­i­fy­ing su­per­hero. Filled with an­tiox­i­dantrich flavonoids and polyphe­nols, it of­fers anti-in­flam­ma­tory ben­e­fits and can also help re­move tox­ins from your sys­tem.


This sum­mer fruit is loaded with man­ganese, a trace min­eral that com­bats free rad­i­cal dam­age and plays a key role in the pro­duc­tion of detox­i­fy­ing en­zymes. “Pineap­ple is also rich in brome­lain, an im­por­tant enzyme that breaks down pro­tein, sup­ports di­ges­tion and aids the ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents,” Malouf says.


“As­para­gus is an ex­cel­lent source of in­ulin, which helps feed the good bac­te­ria liv­ing in your di­ges­tive tract,” Döhring says. It’s also full of fo­late, vi­ta­min C and carotenoids, to sup­port liver detox­i­fi­ca­tion and as­sist the kid­neys, bowel and skin when it comes to re­mov­ing tox­ins.

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