Your holistic dentist cares about more than your teeth and gums. They care about their patients from head to toe, which is why they may encourage you to adopt good daily habits that will strengthen your body, promote overall health, and improve your quality of life. A balanced diet full of nutritious goodies is essential to keeping your body in working order. Let’s talk about a few foods that have special cleansing benefits for your liver, your body’s detox organ.
Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, arugula, and dandelion greens, make for some delicious salads — and they’re chock full of antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. Leafy greens also feature plant chlorophylls, which basically means that they suck up toxins from your blood, bind and neutralize them, and then dispose of them.
Lemons are full of essential nutrients, including the powerful antioxidant vitamin C, which helps your liver to fight the toxins in your body. However, you shouldn’t just snack on lemons or drink pure lemon juice; this fruit is very acidic and could damage your teeth. Simply squeeze some lemon juice into a glass of water each morning or add it to your afternoon glass of iced tea to benefit from its liver-cleansing power.
Lentils are a great source of protein. They can even reduce the risk of some types of cancer and improve your digestive function. The plant-based nutrients in them also help to stimulate liver function. Why not start looking up some easy lentil soup recipes to keep you warm this fall and winter? You could also make some yummy lentil salad.
Beets are one of the best foods you can consume if you want to help your liver. This brightly colored vegetable thins the bile (a digestive substance that your liver produces), which makes it easier for your system to get rid of the bile and all of the waste it is helping to eliminate. One of the healthiest ways to enjoy beets is via fresh beet juice, which contains a substance that stimulates the liver’s overall function. However, you can also reap benefits if you eat steamed or baked beets.
Apples contain vitamin C, fiber, and lots of other good stuff. Some scientists even suggest that fresh apple juice can help the liver because it contains malic acid, which may help to remove toxins from the body. While we’re waiting for more hard evidence on whether apples help the liver, it’s still a good idea to incorporate this fruit into your diet. Not only are applies delicious, but they can also help to clean your gums and contribute to a healthy mouth!
A healthy body makes for happier you. Try eating more of the above-listed foods to give your liver a helping hand!
About the Author
Dr. William Langston has been practicing dentistry since 1974. He cares passionately about his patients’ oral health and their overall wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about his holistic approach to dentistry and how it may help you, contact our office at 972-270-6533.