We know the importance of protecting the internal organs due to all the vital functions they serve in the body, and that means eating foods that support and benefit them. What are the best organ-nourishing foods to eat?
1. Coconut/Coconut Oil
Coconut benefits the body in many ways, such as providing healthy fats, manganese, fiber and antioxidants. Meanwhile, research shows coconut oil benefits the kidneys and liver, as well as the gallbladder and pancreas.
Animal research has found that coconut oil protects against liver damage, while coconut water has been shown to support and protect the spleen in rats as well as suppress inflammation and help prevent liver toxicity.
In addition, the healthy fats in coconut and coconut products help protect perhaps the most important organ of all, the heart.
2. Bone Broth
Bone broth is easily one of the top superfoods in the world, so it’s no surprise it can benefit just about every organ in the body. The gelatin and collagen in bone broth boost gut health, and the amino acids it provides help eliminate toxins from the body, aiding liver detoxification along with other organs.
- nutrient absorption
- food allergies and intolerances
- blood pressure
- cancer prevention
- liver health
- brain health
- and more
For instance, blueberry consumption has been shown to improve cognitive performance in both children and older adults, all while protecting against brain aging. Studies also show that eating blueberries can help reduce the risk of heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Whether we’re talking butternut squash, yellow squash, acorn squash or any other variety, squash is among the top organ-nourishing foods. A lot that has to do with the beneficial phytonutrients and minerals squash provides.
6. Goat’s Milk Kefir
Another fermented food, kefir, especially kefir from goat milk, supplies probiotics along with many other nutrients. It’s especially good at protecting gut health, and thanks to the calcium, vitamin K and other nutrients it supplies, it can support bones.
Thanks to the goat milk, it also can support heart health by helping regulate cholesterol.
Other Ways to Support Organs
In addition to eating the organ-nourishing foods above, there are other ways you can support and protect your organs, including:
- Eat more heart-healthy foods. These include oats, salmon, whole grains, walnuts, leafy greens, avocado and berries.
- Try a liver cleanse.
- Add organ meats to your diet, such as liver, heart and kidneys.
- Do a kidney cleanse.
- Consume more of the best foods for your lungs. Some of the top ones include apples, green tea, bananas, and several herbs and spices.
- Try a lung detox.
- Eat more brain foods. Blueberries, bone broth and coconut oil make this list, along with several other fruits, veggies and herbs.
- Use pancreatic enzymes and digestive enzymes.
- Follow a gallbladder diet.