Just Beet It
Gut health is a hot topic. You’ll find advertisements or articles about probiotics popping up on your computer screen, in your magazines or on the television. These advertisements and articles tout the gut health prowess of probiotics. Probiotics are a piece of the puzzle and by no means a magic bullet to gut health.
The gut is an intricate machine, with many parts that all need to work in harmony. One of the most overlooked parts of our digestive system is our liver. The liver is critical to the digestive process with its production of bile. Through poor eating habits the bile gets congested becoming less effective at assisting in our digestive process.
Sending some love to our liver can revitalize this critical organ and allow the bile to flow better. Probiotics are not the answer to a congested liver. So what can one do to decongest the liver and get the bile flowing, as it should? You can start by eating more red and purple foods. Below you will find foods you should avoid and foods that will show your liver some love to get you started:
What substances harm the liver:
- Bad Fats (canola, corn, vegetable, safflower, and/or cottonseed)
- Processed Foods
What foods benefit the liver:
- Concord Grapes
- Red Apples
Ways to use the liver loving foods in your diet:
Beet and Apple Salad – grate a beet and red apple, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and the juice from half a lemon – makes a great side dish or add some to your dinner salad.
Freeze Concord grapes and eat them as a treat in the summer
Stewed Apples – chop up two red apples and toss in a pot with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup cranberries. Heat on medium heat until the apples begin to soften and the cranberries pop. Serve as is or mix into oatmeal or chia pudding for a tasty breakfast treat.
Cherries make a great snack or pop them in a blender with a banana and some almond milk for a delicious smoothie.
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