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50 Ways To Love Your Liver

 

August 10, 2018



50 Ways to Love Your Liver

This is the title of a song we heard at a retreat one year. I use it often with my patients here in Belize. The thing is, it is not just ways to love your liver, but I find that the same list of foods is given over and over again for so many of today’s dreaded diseases – cancer, heart, autoimmune, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid, depression – you name it and the list is always there.

Dark, leafy vegetables such as spinach, parsley, amaranth and collard greens are packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C, and carotenoids that are essential in maintaining a healthy liver. These vegetables are capable of neutralizing metals, pesticides and chemicals that may be present in the food, which in turn provides protection to the liver.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, arugula, and Brussels sprouts help inhibit fat uptake and increase lipid output. These vegetables help increase the levels of glucosinolate — an organic compound responsible for creating digestive enzymes.

Berries and cherries are healthy for the liver, blueberries contain the highest amounts of flavonoids and anthocyanins, both of which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

Garlic contains antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties that are essential for liver health. This spice is known to curb inflammation, and activate enzymes that eliminate toxins. Garlic is also packed with allicin and selenium. These two compounds help cleanse the liver.

Pineapple contains anti-inflammatory digestive enzymes that expedite food metabolism. The fruit is high in magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B1, and potassium.

Turmeric is rich in curcuminoids. These beneficial compounds help relieve inflammation and boost kidney, liver, and bile production to improve digestion and balances out blood sugar. The spice is also known to promote fat metabolism and is used as a natural form of liver detox. It prevents and aids in dismantling cancer cells. It needs to be taken with pepper and coconut oil to bo most effective.

Green tea is best known for its antioxidant properties. It also helps prevent fat accumulation in the body. Green tea is packed with catechins, which improves liver functions, works on removing cancer, and promotes longevity.

Citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruit contain high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Grapefruit helps the liver eliminate carcinogens and toxins from the body, while lemons facilitate digestion.

Avocados can help the body to generate an essential antioxidant called glutathione. This is an important antioxidant that helps the liver filter out potentially harmful materials.

Walnuts contain high levels of glutathione, and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that assist the liver in its cleansing process.

Yes, this is only ten ways to love your liver, but these are the top of the list. Although you may have seen this list before, I find it helpful to be reminded that it is the foods that are the answer to so many of our modern ills. The produce isle is still your best source of medication to remain healthy and happy,

What is the state of your health? Find a traditional naturopath to assist in bringing your body to a state of wholeness and wellness.

For comments and questions e-mail: [email protected] Susan (a nationally certified tui-na practitioner and instructor, and certified by ANCB as a Certified Traditional Naturopath) lives in Belize, Central America. What is the state of your health? Find a traditional naturopath to assist in bringing your body to a state of wholeness and wellness.

For comments and questions e-mail: [email protected] Susan (a nationally certified tui-na practitioner and instructor, and certified by ANCB as a Certified Traditional Naturopath) lives in Belize, Central America.

 

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