18 Dec Love your liver
It’s the festive season and we all know what that means right? Yes, a little overindulgence here and there and for most of us. our poor liver gets quite the beating.
Our liver is one of the most important organs in our bodies. it produces proteins, cholesterol and bile as well as storing important vitamins and minerals.
Our liver is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates, making glucose, and detoxing the body, so it’s not rocket science that this organ needs some extra lovin’, especially around the holidays.
It all comes down to balance and of course what we fuel our bodies with so keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of liver lovin’ foods to give one of your most important assets a little extra hug over the party season.
The root of the beet plant is rich in antioxidants which are amazing at flushing out liver toxins, purifying the blood and increasing overall health. It is known that beetroot juice reduces oxidative damage and inflammation in the liver, as well as helping to increase natural detoxification enzymes.
Blueberries contain the antioxidant, polyphenols, which are widely known to help protect the liver from damage. So making these delicious berries a regular part of your diet is a fantastic way to make sure that your liver is supplied with the antioxidants it needs to stay nice and healthy.
Research shows that these little bad boys help to increase levels of detoxification enzymes and protect the liver from damage. We know they aren’t the best tasting vegetable but they sure do help that liver of ours, so suck it up and get some sprouts on your plate.
Carrots are nice and high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, which stimulates and helps to support the overall function of your liver. The antioxidants in carrots are also known to help reduce liver toxicity. Carrot sticks are a nice and easy on-the-go snack and with these benefits we are sure to be adding them to our road trip essentials.
Adding garlic to your diet may help stimulate the liver as it is high in selenium. a mineral that helps to detoxify the liver. Some studies even show that garlic consumption may reduce body weight and fat content in people with NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease). We think we can excuse that garlic breath then!
Grapefruit contains antioxidants that naturally protect the liver. The high levels of vitamin C and antioxidant properties of grapefruit work collectively to flush toxins out of your body and help to prevent them from damaging cells.
Grapes contain a very important compound called resveratrol to help protect the liver from damage, increase antioxidant levels and fight inflammation. We’re not too sure that this is the same as consuming copious amounts of wine though, so best stick to getting your resveratrol from the food source.
We have all heard of the incredible benefits of drinking green tea. Green tea is extremely high in antioxidants and may improve enzyme and fat levels in the liver. *It is important to note that drinking tea may be better than extracts, as some extracts may damage the liver rather than heal it.
So with all of those foods in mind, start now in incorporating them into you diet and remember to love your liver as it really is one of the most important organs that help us stay happy and healthy. For more information on ways to look after your body with vital nutrients, check out our EBOOK – THE 21 AMINO ACIDS AND WHY YOUR BODY NEEDS THEM
No claim is made or implied whatsoever as to the effects of any recommended products, foods and or supplements or their effects on health. The statements made in this book have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
This article is to be used as a guide as studied through various case studies and you should always seek medical advice.
While it’s recommended you always seek medical advice before treating any conditions, it’s exciting to think that foods that we all have access to can be such a useful tool for our overall health and well-being.
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