Earlier we talked about the functions of the liver and the important role it plays in keeping us well. We focused in on what not to do in order to keep it functioning optimally such as limiting alcohol intake and acetominophen consumption and exercising to maintain a healthy weight. Today we’ve got some suggestions of what one can consume to promote liver health!
Leafy Greens (spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, cabbage, lettuce)
These foods should be a staple in any healthy diet. They supply us with good amounts of protein, calcium, iron and fiber and are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. They are one of the best sources for Vitamin K which triggers the production of the protein osteocalcin, essential for healthy bones. They are also low in calories, making them ideal for weight management. In regard to the liver, leafy greens act as protectants for the liver due to their ability to neutralize chemicals, pesticides and metals.
We’ve discussed turmeric and it’s many great properties on this blog before. This rhizome which is typically grated into a powder, typical to Indian cuisine, is gaining more and more attention here in the west and throughout the world for it’s many health benefits including protection against inflammation. Turmeric is a great friend to the liver in that it assists our bodies in the digestion of fats and stimulates the production of bile.
Fruits – Grapefruit, Lemon and Avocados
Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit are high in Vitamin C and antioxidant properties and aid in the digestion process. They also assist the liver in flushing out carcinogens and toxins.
Avocados produce a type of antioxidant, glutathione, which is required by the liver to filter out harmful materials.
Foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchee are loaded with good bacteria due to the fermentation process. They are known immunity boosters and also help the liver flush out heavy metals.