Foods that support your liver's health
Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. It is about the size of a football and sits under your lower ribcage on the right side. It has several important things to do. It’s involved with detoxification, activating and storing nutrients, fat metabolism. Hormone synthesis, cholesterol maintenance and it also stores a type of sugar called glucose, which gives you a quick energy boost when you need it.
It's not something you probably think much about, but your liver is a key player in your body's digestive system. Everything you eat or drink, including medicine, passes through it. You need to treat it right so it can stay healthy and do its job!
Excessive alcohol consumption - It can damage liver cells and lead to the swelling or scarring that becomes cirrhosis, which can be deadly.
Beware of certain Medicines - Cholesterol drugs and the painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol) can hurt your liver if you take too much. You may be taking more acetaminophen than you realize. It's found in hundreds of drugs like cold medicines and prescription pain medicines
Taking care of your liver is much more about avoiding what's bad than it is about eating or drinking things that are particularly nourishing to the liver, make sure you include these foods regularly to give your liver a boost!
Stimulates bile production- a digestive chemical that is made by your liver. Boost bile production by squeezing. lemon in warm water, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
A powerful spice with a long list of benefits, turmeric is said to protect the liver from damage, encourage the regeneration of liver cells and also increases natural bile production and aids in keeping the body toxin free
Helps remove heavy metals from the body, something your liver could be struggling with right now.
Allicin and Selenium in garlic help cleanse the liver. It activates liver enzymes to get rid of toxins. You can use it in your food or swallow it in small pieces.
Are one of the most common foods to cleanse the liver. High in antioxidants, beats have a high number of healthful substances and contain dietary fibre that helps absorb toxins and flush the mout of the body.
A study found that avocados contain compounds that protect the liver from glactosamine, a powerful toxin.
One of the most powerful cleansers. Due to its high chlorophyll levels, its very useful in getting rid of toxins. Eat raw, lightly cooked or in a smoothie.
Contains two very specialized nutrients called Indol-3-carbinol and Diindolylmethane, both of which have been shown specifically to reduce cancer incidence by supporting liver
Vegetables that love your liver: Vegetables should make up to 50% of your plate
Green Leafy and Bitter vegetables: Artichokes, Aubergine, Beet Greens, Bitter
Melon (gourd), Chicory, Collard Greens, Dandelion Leaf, Kale, Mustard F=Greens,
Colorful Vegetables (Rainbow): Avocado, Bamboo shoots,Bean sprout/ edamame,
Beetroot, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Celery, Courgettes, Fennel, Leeks, Mushroom
(especially shitake and button), Okra, Olives, Pak Choi, Red cabbage, Peas, Red
Pepper, Rhubarb, Sprouts (Alfalfa, Broccoli, Radishes), Sugar Snaps, Sweet Potatoes, SwissChard, Tomatoes, Turnips, WaterChestnuts.
Sulphur- Rich Foods: Cruciferous vegetables such as green leafy vegetables,
Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Garlic, Onions, Radishes and
Protein: Always have Protein withy our meal:
Good quality, Organic Animal Protein: Chicken, Eggs, Prawns, Turkey, Cod, Oily Fish(Anchovies, Mackerel, Sardines, Trout, Salmon, Herring).
Vegetarian Proteins: Beans ( Adzuki, Black, Lima, Navy, Pinto beans), Chickpeas, Lentils, Soybeans, and Soya products (Edamame, Tempeh, Tofu), SplitPeas.
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Brazils, Cashews, Whole or freshly ground Flaxseeds (Linseeds), Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, SesameSeeds, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, Hemp.
Fruits: Apple, Apricot, Blackberries, Blueberries, Citrus Fruits, Papaya, Pear, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries. (Consume no more than three pieces of fruit a day with protein).
Fats: Raw Organic Coconut Oil, (you can cook or shallow fry with it), Cold pressed Organic Extra- Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed/Linseed Oil, AvocadoOil, Argan Oil ( Do NotHeat- Store in Fridge/Freezer).
Herbs and Spices: Basil, Black Pepper, Bay leaf, Caraway, Cardamom, Cayenne/ Chili, Cinnamon, Coriander/ Coriander seeds, Cumin, Dill / Fennel seeds, Ginger, Mustard seeds, Nutmeg, Parsley (Flat/ Curly, )Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Turmeric.
Coconut probiotic yoghurt, Fermented Soya products, Sauerkraut, Kimchi. (To boost
your good gut bacteria).