In devising a nutritional plan for a client I will attempt to limit and minimise foods that may put a burden on the liver. However, if a client is following a protocol to support gut ecology they will inevitably go through periods when levels of yeast are addressed, causing an increase in toxins produced by the dying yeast. The liver therefore, will need as much support as possible to help it offload that extra rubbish. To this end I will frequently suggest specific supplements that may provide the liver with that extra support, but including specific foods to support the liver may also be beneficial. I continue the list from Food Matters by Jonathan Benson on
Leafy green vegetables such as … arugula (rocket), dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory also contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can bear heavily on the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body, and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.
Rocket is now readily available in supermarkets and is simple to add to meals as a garnish or salad. Spinach is also enjoying renewed popularity, particularly with the availability of baby spinach leaves, which can be added to salad or lightly warmed. Adding a couple of handfuls of spinach to pasta or grain recipes, right at the end of cooking, simply allowing it to warm through and wilt, adds variety and colour to meals.
Finely chop two medium tomatoes and half a red onion and a small avocado. Toss into four handfuls of washed and dried rocket leaves. Sprinkle with 2- 3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds. Drizzle with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of olive oil. Enjoy as a light lunch or as a side-salad.