It’s a well-worn joke that students do more partying than studying. And while we know you’ll be hitting lectures and writing essays, we also know that sometimes our livers can need a helping hand. As well as alcohol, refined sugar, trans fats, tobacco, and even some medications can cause your liver harm. This is important because the liver is vital to our overall health. So, to help you out, here are our favourite foods to help give your liver a boost and help flush toxins from your body.
This tasty allium is a great way to boost the flavours of your meals, and help your liver. Just a small amount helps liver enzymes to break down and flush out harmful toxins. The smell may not help you pull on a night out, but your liver will love you for throwing it into your meals.
Don’t like the taste? Don’t panic, you can buy garlic capsules!
As well as being a cheap vegetable to stock up on, carrots are great for your liver. They are packed with antioxidants that assist your liver in flushing out toxins and regenerating new cells. You can chop them into small chunks to hide in sauces if you aren’t a fan, or steam them and serve as a side dish. For maximum nutrients, eat them raw – either bugs bunny style or chopped into sticks to dip into humus or sour cream.
These versatile little fruits are like nature’s Dettol. They’re antiseptic and can protect the body against infections. Fresh is best, but you can also find bottles of lemon juice in the baking aisle of most supermarkets. When reached the liver, they stimulate the organ and even help to dissolve various toxins so that your body can flush them out easier. Squeeze half a lemon into your water bottle before a class, or add some zing to your recipes. I’m not sure it still counts as beneficial with some salt and tequila…
This bright spice is a perfect addition to curries, dahls, stews and even salads. As well as adding colour to your dishes, it assists the enzymes in the body that remove toxins. A teaspoon of turmeric in your dishes won’t overwhelm the overall flavour, but it will give your liver a real boost.
The cheapest and most essential on the list! Drinking plenty of water is vital for your overall health, and this includes your liver. When you are dehydrated, the liver is less effective at flushing out poisons and harmful toxins. This is because your blood becomes thicker, so it is tougher for your liver to filter through it. So keep a big bottle of water with you during lectures, or set a timer if you need reminders to drink regularly throughout the day.
Spinach, kale and even dandelion greens can assist your student liver to get an A*. Greens help to produce bile, which can sound like a negative thing, but it’s actually very helpful in helping break down toxins for the liver to filter out. While fresh vegetables can seem a bit expensive when you are on a student budget, frozen greens are readily available at the supermarket and still very nutritious.