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Okay, when it comes to heart health, you’re an expert – you know what to eat and
what not to eat for a strong healthy heart. But here’s my question, what about liver
health? Do you know the importance of a healthy liver and what constitutes a liver-friendly
diet? I believe many of us are stumped.
Your liver is the largest gland is the body. It holds about one pint of your total
blood supply at any given moment and is estimated to have over 500 functions.
The liver is a major organ for detoxification. It removes toxins, drugs and hormones
from your bloodstream. Toxins can come from the environment, the air you breath,
the food you eat, the water you drink, and the contents of your bowels.
If your diet is deficient in certain nutrients, it will make it difficult for your
liver to eliminate toxins from your body. An accumulation of toxins causes poor liver
function. When your liver is inefficient, you’ll feel sluggish, possibly nauseous,
experience indigestion, have yellowed skin and eyes.
A healthy liver plays a critical role in determining your overall health. To maintain
a healthy liver and prevent toxic build up, you’ve to make some simple positive lifestyle
changes and improve your diet.
How Can I Protect My Liver?
1. Eat a healthy high fiber diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain
Vitamin C (tomatoes, peppers, cabbage) and sulfur (garlic, onions, legumes).
Fiber binds to the bile in your large intestines, which facilitates excretion. This
is one of the ways which your body eliminates fat-soluble toxins from the body.
2. Avoid foods that are high in fat/sugar and increase your intake of quality foods
which are rich in B-Vitamins, Vitamin E, beta carotene, calcium, and trace minerals.
Make sure to have adequate amounts of choline, betaine, methionine, folic acid, Vitamins
B6 and 12, all of which are essential to promote liver decongestion, improve liver
function and metabolize fat.
B-Vitamins are often depleted when the liver is overworked from alcohol consumption
or toxic exposure. Good sources of B-Vitamins include brewer's yeast, pulses, nuts
and seeds, brown rice, white rice and buckwheat.
3. Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse is the most damaging to the liver. Alcohol
can increase iron absorption, and an excess of iron can, by itself, lead to liver
damage and cirrhosis.
4. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Water helps remove toxins that
accumulated in your body which may damage your health. Also, avoid eating heavily
processed foods or foods that contain additives such as artificial colorings, flavorings
and MSG as much as possible. Consuming too much of these chemicals can overwork your
liver and interfere with its natural detoxification mechanisim.
5. At all costs, avoid cigarette smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. If you
can, live in an area that reduces your exposure to pollution from cars and industry.
6. Practice safe sex. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses live in all body fluids,
including blood and seminal fluids, and can cause significant liver damage.
With these simple liver care tips in mind, you can have a healthy liver for life!
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fit into busy schedules and make you feel better right away. Restores your body and
mind to a calmer, more relaxed state.