14 Foods that Cleanse the Liver – Global Healing Center

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1. Garlic

Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

  1. Grapefruit

High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

  1. Beets and Carrots

Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

  1. Green Tea

This liver-loving beverage is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.

  1. Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy Greens
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

  1. Avocados

This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

  1. Apples

High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

  1. Olive Oil

Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.

  1. Alternative Grains

It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A study last year found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.

  1. Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.

  1. Lemons & Limes

Lemons and Limes
These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

  1. Walnuts

Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.

  1. Cabbage

Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

  1. Turmeric

The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.

Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse

Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and brussel sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly. However, for best results, I recommend performing a liver cleanse. Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

I was at home, in Torremuelle

I love it there. Only place I ever felt at home; I belong there. Never felt, I am where I should be anywhere.

I didn’t know, after the run that ends in the arena. There is a bullfight following and some are killed then the local restaurants serve them that night. After, chastising them on the run go even farther to kill and eat one for dinner.

How macho is that!

Making bullfighters very attractive though, I could not watch the event for very long.

Bloody, yuk!

Poem – Differently

I can’t be that different from, everyone.
People need to be right about, anything.
They see what they want to see.

Not the truth I believe, you know.
It sets you free, I thought and heard.
I don’t understand what is empowering about fooling self.

Into believing one does not make mistakes.
One does not misunderstand or make any errors.
Isn’t this a part of our learning process in life.

What makes you different?
When do you see.
Doesn’t mean I am right either but, be open to it being a possibility.

I could care less about always being right,
making this poem a contradiction of reality.

Though, not to the point of being blinded
to the idea of others telling me something different, I can’t see.
My interpreting a different truth than your’s, right or wrong is still the truth.

Yet, I am the one left disappointed.
Over and over from, your denial of,
the possibility of being wrong.
How do you have to be to not see self.

Who would lie this long, to not be one’s self.
All of my life, you have done this.
Actions tell on you anyway, even if saying nothing.
Nothing ever changes what happened, without even a whisper to who you really are inside.
Trying to fool everyone, who is not watching you very close.
It doesn’t matter to them.

Review: Family Tree The Novel

Family Tree

                           Family TreeAuthor: Miss Andrea N. Carr

Gold Stars 4-5Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Recommended Reading.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ African-American Literature

What does it take to make a better life for yourself? How is a better life even possible when your family is falling apart while you’re stuck in jail? For Angel, life has never been easy but she’s managed to reorganize it to fit her circumstances – multiple times over. When tragedy strikes and she’s locked away from those she loves it’s a battle of wills between me, myself, and I in order to assess the damages of a heart wrung out one too many times.

Miss Carr launches readers immediately into a crisis that rocks the foundation of the protagonist, Angel’s, life. She is mercilessly forced to re-examine her core beliefs in order to begin to understand her family and heal from wounds both present…

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Truth, Beauty, Wisdom & Courage in Women of African Descent

Visions & Victories

Women’s History Month

 March is recognized and celebrated as Women’s History Month in the U.S. and the U.K., while India uses the month of October for the observance. These are times to highlight the significant contributions of women in history and contemporary society. The observance traces back to 1911 when the first International Women’s Day was observed.

(And while we are on the subject, visit this Visions & Victories entry also: http://hcvoice.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/soul-sisters-blow-my-mind-and-i-dont-need-nothing-else/)

Queen Tiye, Ahmose-Nefertari, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Istnofret, Queen Nefertari, Makeda (Queen of Sheba), Queen Nzingha, Lucy Terry, Phyllis Wheatley, Sally Hemings, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Edmonia Lewis, Queen Mother Moore, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan, Marian Anderson, Jane Matilda Bolin, Lorraine Hansberry, Michelle Obama   



While this has not been an observance with a large following in the African American community, it is not…

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History Database Search – Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press

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Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press

From: Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature.

The nation’s first all-female literary outlet and the first national advocacy organization operated by nonwhite and lesbian women, Kitchen Table / Women of Color Press expands the outreach of feminist fiction, pamphlets, and art. Discussed in the late 1970s by the black lesbian poet Audre Lorde, the Chicana author Cherríe Moraga, and the black lesbian activist Barbara Smith, the idea originally focused on a literary journal or another periodical rather than a publishing firm. Smith was a particularly vocal critic of exclusive school curricula that omit or discredit writings other than those of a white, middle-class male Protestant canon. To end exclusionary policies in schools, college curricula, and libraries, the editorial staff met in New York City on Halloween 1980. They decided to form a publishing house and, the next year, went into production.

Shortly before her death from cancer Lorde wrote of the “othered” author’s fear of leaving no evidence of thought on important issues. She declared nonwhite and lesbian authors’ writings as “part of a continuum of women’s work, of reclaiming this earth and our power, and knowing that this work did not begin with my birth nor will it end with my death” (Lockett, 39). Because of the relevance and authenticity of such female writings and scholarship, the consortium, aided by the Laguna Sioux author Paula Gunn Allen, turned niche marketing of “othered” writings into a revered vehicle for formerly suppressed or ignored writers. Through the print versions of works by the lesbian poet Cheryl Clarke, the radical philosopher and teacher Angela Davis, the Jewish writer Evelyn Torton Beck, the Japanese poet Mitsuye Yamada, and the lesbian short story author Hisaye Yamamoto, Kitchen Table / Women of Color Press issued perspectives and experiences that had previously failed to reach readers, teachers, students, and researchers.

In 1981 the editors Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa realized a breakthrough in feminist literature with a best-selling anthology/textbook, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Composed of the prose and verse of third world American authors, the book won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. The firm, which moved to Albany, New York, in 1984, continued meeting the needs of nonwhite feminists with Mariana Romo Camona and Alma Gómez’s collection Cuentos: Stories by Latinas (1983), Barbara Smith’s anthology Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983), Barbara Omolade’s It’s a Family Affair: The Real Lives of Black Single Mothers (1986), Lorde’s I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities (1986), Yamamoto’s award-winning Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories (1988), and Lorde’s Need: A Chorale for Black Women’s Voices (1990). With a list of successes to their company’s credit, Smith accounted for strong readership as evidence of the staff’s perceptions of reader need: “I believe all the books we have published have made a difference in people’s lives” (Giddings, 26). The publisher Andrea Lockett agreed that books by nonwhite and lesbian authors were “so liberating and freeing—there was finally an alternative view of women’s lives” (Brownworth, 10). During the staff’s 15-year anniversary celebration in 1996, a $40,000 grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation along with $260,000 from the Union Institute Center for Women, the Sister Fund, and other philanthropic sources helped to keep the Brooklyn office afloat and the press’s backlist in print.

Brownworth, Victoria A. “Who Will Publish Our Books? Lesbian and Feminist Presses Imperiled by Industry Crunch,” Lambda Book Report 5, no. 11 (May 1997): 10.

Giddings, Paula. “Book Marks,” Essence 19, no. 11 (March 1989): 26.

Lockett, Andrea. “Sister Difference: An Audre Lorde Memorial Conversation,” Belles Lettres 8, no. 4 (Summer 1993): 39.

Moraga, Cherríe, and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. New York: Kitchen Table / Women of Color Press, 1981.

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Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. “Kitchen Table/Women of Color Press.” Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006. American Women’s History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?
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