If there was such a thing as a magic plant, it would be turmeric. Used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat an array of diseases—including liver and digestive disorders—turmeric helps detoxify the liver by increasing bile production in the gallbladder; the liver then uses the bile to eliminate toxins and digest fats, says Dr. Axe. A substance in turmeric called curcumin happens to be a polyphenol, a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. A recent study that surveyed clinical trials dating back 50 years affirmed the potential therapeutic effects of ingesting curcumin to treat a wide variety of conditions: irritable bowl disease, cancers, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning, and liver diseases—among many others. You can get a daily dose by adding a half teaspoon (or to taste) of turmeric to a morning smoothie, or try tossing cauliflower in olive oil and a little turmeric before roasting and serve it with Greek yogurt. For more inspiration, check out these 25 turmeric-centric recipes from Epicurious.
Yet another reason to buy them by the bag, avocados were shown to dial back liver damage caused by liver toxins, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. A key ingredient is glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps the liver detoxify fat before bile is emitted, helping to rid your body of unwanted toxins. So say yes to your avocado toast! Check out these 16 recipes using the ever versatile and tasty avocado.
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Like turmeric, artichokes naturally increase bile production and are loaded with vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and provide nearly 10 grams of fiber in just one choke. It’s also great for shedding fat. “The thing about artichokes is it takes a while to eat it as there is a lot of fiber in the leaves,” says Caroline M. Apovian, MD, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center. “It’s also low in calories and fat and has a lot of antioxidants to offer.” A super-easy detox recipe is to steam whole artichokes until just tender and then dip the base of leaves in a mixture of butter, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice. Here are more powerful spring superfoods to add to your detox diet.