We hear a lot about detoxing the liver. While there are many herbs recommended for this, most of them are not cooling and can, unfortunately, add greater heat and stress to the liver during the detoxing process.
As a general rule, it’s always better to treat the body with food when possible. This places less stress on the liver and reduces the potential for side effects. Cool foods and foods with high water content help reduce the heat and de-stress the liver. For these reasons, the best vegetable for cleansing the liver is Loki Squash, also known as bottle squash, white gourd, trumpet gourd, lauki, doodhi, ghia and calabash gourd.
Loki squash is rich in soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, so it supports digestion and prevents constipation. It is 96% water, which makes it an excellent thirst-quencher, as well as a good coolant and cleanser for the liver. In fact, it is recommended by many Ayurvedic physicians for balancing the liver function when the liver is inflamed and unable to process food efficiently for nutrition and assimilation.1 And it’s an essential part of the diet for patients with autoimmune disorders.
You can pick up Loki Squash at most Indian or Asian grocery stores. For instructions on preparing it, check out this article online!
Avoid recipes with tomatoes or hot spices if you are eating it to help cool the liver, and particularly if you suffer from autoimmune disease. Here’s a great recipe that is easy to make and won’t sabotage your cleaning efforts. It uses ghee to help cook the vegetables; it’s always a good idea to cook vegetables in ghee to assist with proper assimilation. And unlike many of the recipes online, it omits the tomatoes and onions and uses cooler spices.
Give it try! Your body will thank you.
The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or email Karen Callahan at info@positivelyayurvedic.