Most of us probably don’t give a second thought to the second largest organ in our body- the liver- which works 365 days of the year without a break. It acts in conjunction with the immune system to fight infections, removes harmful bacteria from the blood, produces bile and other enzymes that are essential for digestion and balances hormones, acts as a storehouse for vitamins and minerals- in short, helps to keep us healthy and fit
As your liver has a direct effect on your physical health, it’s crucial to ensure that this important organ keeps ticking away without a qualm. If your liver has to remain unworried, then you need to be careful of what you put into it. Drinking excessively and eating unhealthy food overworks the liver and at some point it becomes vulnerable and may just give up on you.
Eating right is the best way to heal and cleanse the liver. So let’s take a look at what foods are good for it!
Leafy greens and crucifers
Glutathione in leafy greens is known to be a powerful antioxidant that keeps the liver working the way it should and helps it filter out harmful materials. They also help protect the liver. Important phytonutrients in crucifers such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, help the liver neutralize the ill effects of pesticides and drugs and prevents carcinogens from forming. They also help to increase enzyme production during digestion.
Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries are touted to be superfoods because they contain compounds that helps the liver combat the threats from free radicals. Also the polyphenols in berries protect against fatty liver disease, helps curb high cholesterol and tackles obesity. Olives, plums, dark chocolate and grapefruit do a good job as well in helping the liver get rid of toxins and carcinogens. Apples contain pectin that aids the liver in preventing toxic buildups.
Fermented foods and pre-biotics
Fermented foods are rich storehouses of healthy bacteria like lactobacilli- they help the liver break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates and generally aid in digestion. Prebiotics help the good gut microorganisms- the probiotics- to thrive and grow. This keeps the liver healthy and fit.
Other spices and foods
Garlic contains selenium and allicin, two important compounds that help cleanse the liver of toxins. Turmeric, a natural spice, not only accelerates the production of bile, but aid the liver in digestion of fats. Ginger nourishes the liver while cumin helps the liver in its detoxification work. Nuts, seeds, omega-3-fatty acids, sprouts help support the liver and fight against fatty liver disease. Begin the day with oatmeal and keep liver disease at bay.
Opt for water instead of sweetened sodas- that amazing liquid helps to keep those extra pounds at bay, which in turn means less work for the liver.
Eschew fatty foods and alcohol
French fries and burgers may be great to eat but they aren’t exactly good for your liver. Too much saturated fat and drinking can lead to inflammation and cirrhosis. And if you want to keep your liver in good shape, go slow on sugared foods and shun the salt shaker too.
Keeping your liver in good shape is easy- you just need to eat sensibly and healthily.