Learn to love bitter greens
“Certain times of the year are more suitable for cleansing, specifically to support your liver,” says Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. “Early spring is the best time, in March and April, when in traditional Chinese medicine, the liver is considered its strongest.” To properly help cleanse the liver, says Axe, you should look for a balance of flavours in your diet — salty, sweet, sour, and bitter. “Most people get enough sweet and salt in their diets but not near enough bitter and sour,” says Axe. Sharper tasting bitter greens like arugula, kale, watercress, mustard, and dandelion greens, are bitter leafy greens that pack a nutritional bang along with their detoxifying effects.