I’ve been researching lately about the liver (and gall bladder since they are such close neighbors). Here is a bit of information that I’ve found:
Liver Weakening Foods: white flour, white sugar, all citrus fruits, tomato, banana, cold drinks and foods, food preservatives, food additives and colors, syrups, pesticides (non-organic), smoked, cured and salted foods, fried foods, hydrogenated oils and fats, all animal fats, eggs, rich desserts, snacks and drinks, coffee, black tea, sweets, alcohol, refined carbohydrates (corn, beans and nuts). This list either contains sugars and fats (very difficult for the liver to process) or toxins (foods that require the liver to detoxify before they enter the blood stream), thus taxing and toxifying the liver.
Liver Healing Foods: Foods that are healthy for the liver fall into two main categories. First are those that promote the detoxification process of the liver. And second, are those that are high in antioxidants and therefore protect the liver while it’s carrying out its detoxification processes. Below are a list of the top eight foods that are considered to be good for your liver.
Virgin Coconut Oil – Unrefined, unbleached, non deodorized, non-GMO. Coconut Oil is known to strengthen the liver and protect against degeneration.
Garlic and onions – Garlic contains allicin which is a sulphur-based compound needed by the liver for effective detoxification. Garlic helps the liver rid the body of mercury, certain food additives and the hormone estrogen.
Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens (swiss chard).
Freshly squeezed lemon in hot water – Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of boiled water first thing in the morning helps to cleanse the liver and promote detoxification. It also stimulates bile production, cleanses the stomach and bowel and stimulates a bowel motion.
Beetroot (Beets) – It’s a blood-purifying tonic that is also capable of absorbing heavy metals.
High-antioxidant fruits – Prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, apples and pears.
Apples – contain pectin that bind to heavy metals in the body.
Bitter leafy salad greens – dandelion, chicory, endive, rocket. The bitterness of these foods helps to stimulate bile flow within the liver.
Artichoke – Increases bile production. One of the jobs of bile is to remove toxins through the bowel, as well as ‘unfriendly’ micro-organisms. It has been suggested that 30 minutes after eating globe artichoke, bile flow is increased by over 100%
Spices/teas – turmeric, cinnamon, and licorice.
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Other food choices for a healthy liver:
- Grains: soaked & sprouted. Quinoa, wild rice, millet, wheat and so much more.
- Vegetables in season, baked potatoes, long and short grain brown or wild rice.
- Fresh fruits and vegetable juices. Fruit smoothies, wheat grass juice and green juices. Research ‘raw food’ for ideas and recipes for crackers, raw cookies, and many many delicious meal ideas. “Raw” foods naturally contain all the enzymes your body needs to digest efficiently – without stealing enzymes from your body.
- Choose a wide variety of foods. Never eat one particular food for three consecutive days in a row.
- Enjoy your food and do not feel guilty if the menu is not up to par. Take you time and eat in peace and quiet. Your digestion is much better when you eat your meal in a nice surrounding and in the presence of pleasant company. Dress up for the occasion. Having food to eat is a blessing, worthwhile to appreciate and to celebrate.
- Get lots of rest. The liver heals from 11pm-3am. It is so very important to take care of yourself and good quality sleep.
- Find ways to keep your stress down. Pray, meditate, go for quiet walks, read a book, take a yoga class, or maybe Chi Gong. Make a real effort to teach your body and mind how to reduce stress.
- Keep your weight close to ideal. There are clinical studies that show that rest, stress and the extra weight we carry around all contribute significantly to the health of our liver and gall bladder.I know this seems difficult to do by in my experience avoiding most (I’m not perfect!) of the foods in the “Liver Weakening” list and replacing them with lots of fresh, raw fruits and lots of raw green vegetables has helped me tremendously. I have found that a mostly raw food diet works best for me. I just need to stick to my guns! It’s a matter of choice and stubbornness I think. Find what works for you. Every day can only get better from here!
Wishing you a healthy vibrant life (road bumps and all)! – Audrey
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