Christopher Clark is a chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science. His book, Nutritional Grail, has earned critical acclaim from the scientific community and has won three awards, including the Gold Medal in the Food category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards. You can read our review of his phenomenal book here.
Earlier this year, Dr. Loren Cordain’s, the founder of the Paleo movement, invited Clark to join his writing team. Besides writing for ThePaleoDiet.com, Clark also writes for The Huffington Post and various other publications. He also maintains his own Nutritional Grail Blog, which features over 150 step-by-step recipes. Below is an excerpt from Nutritional Grail on How To Detoxify Your Organs.
Supporting The Detoxification Organs
The liver, kidneys, and intestines are the primary detoxification organs. Excessive sugar consumption, especially fructose, burdens the liver considerably. Reasonable amounts of fructose (around 25 grams per day) consumed as whole fruit are healthy and encouraged, but most people consume far too much fructose through soda, fruit juice, and processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The average American consumes 97 pounds of sugar per year, half of which is HFCS.1 According to Harvard Medical School, 30 percent of US adults (and presumably those of other developed nations) have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a virtually unknown disease before 1980.2 Additionally, a 2012 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that nearly 10 percent of US teens have this disease.3 Research presented at the 2011 International Liver Congress made headlines with the suggestion that half the US population could have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by 2030.4
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is directly related to excessive consumption of fructose (sugar). Besides drastically reducing (or eliminating) sugar, the best way to support the liver is by eating foods that promote detoxification, and foods high in antioxidants. Garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables are highly beneficial. Also, according to traditional Chinese medicine, sour foods, including lemons and limes, support the liver.5 An excellent herb for liver support is milk thistle.