After going on vacation or enjoying a particularly indulgent weekend, you might consider doing a juice cleanse or some other kind of detox. Yet in reality, a healthy liver will do excellent job of “detoxing” your body on its own – after all, that’s its primary job, along with regulating the components of blood and producing cholesterol. If you’re regularly eating foods that support good liver function, and reducing your consumption of those that hurt it, you’ll never need to do a juice cleanse again! Here are some of the best and worst foods to support liver function. The Best Green tea Green tea is one of the best things you can sip on to support liver function. It contains an antioxidant called catechin, which studies have shown is metabolized in the liver and small intestine. Because of this, it’s able to detoxify the liver right at the source. It’s even been shown to reduce liver fat accumulation associated with liver damage. Leafy greens It’s pretty much always a good idea to add more leafy greens to your diet. Veggies like spinach, kale, and arugula contain tons of chlorophyll, which can actually help your liver neutralize heavy metals and detox from pesticides. To ensure you’re getting the most out of them, be sure to only buy organic greens. You don’t want to be inadvertently adding more chemicals to your body! Lemons One of the biggest health trends of late is drinking a cup of hot lemon water in the morning, and it’s definitely one you’ll want to try. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, and having lemon juice first thing in the morning is great for digestion. By flushing out toxins, lemons can help support good liver function. Avocados Avocados not only contain healthy monounsaturated fats that support good cholesterol levels, but can also help the body to produce a compound called glutathione. This compound has been shown to eliminate toxins from the liver and even reduce liver damage. The Worst Alcohol It should come as no surprise that alcohol is one of the worst substances for liver function. It essentially acts as poison that your liver is then forced to metabolize, and while it’s not terrible in small quantities, frequently drinking to excess can cause serious liver damage and lead to fatty liver disease. Soda Soda is essentially made up of water and high fructose corn syrup, which is just a fancy way of saying sugar. Studies have shown that excessive sugar intake is associated with increased risk of fatty liver disease, a condition that typically affects alcoholics. Processed foods (or anything with trans fats) There’s a reason that trans fats have become public health enemy number one in recent years. Trans fats work overtime to simultaneously raise LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind) and lower HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind). This, in turn, causes your liver to have to work extra hard, especially when the extra LDL gets passed onto the liver to process. Supporting liver function is essential to overall health and wellbeing. By adding better foods to your diet (and removing some of the worst ones), you can improve your health in a relatively short period of time.