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Just a few more foods to add to your "Healthy Liver Diet"

Posted Apr 19 2012 12:00am

Just thought I would pass a long a few more foods to keep in mind. I am always looking for high Magnesium foods since it is usually low in liver disease patients and for some reason had not tried Quinoa yet.  (Don't forget that you cannot have grapefruit with certain meds.)

Complete article at: www.nutrilligence.com

The liver is the one of the most vital organs we possess. It is a crucial organ for everyone and we cannot survive without it. If liver is damaged the entire body cannot function properly. It has an essential function in energy metabolism. The liver selects, removes, synthesizes, detoxifies, and stores the finial product of digestion. Everything we ingest passes through liver in some form via the blood stream. All toxic substances end up stored in the liver and once their levels become too high, the liver begins to have trouble eliminating wastes from the body, and it has trouble digesting the food. Buildup of toxins damages the liver tissue and prevents it from a healthy function. Liver has the ability to regenerate itself even if 80% of its tissue is damaged by toxins or drugs. Viruses and alcohol are one of the elements that slow down that natural liver regeneration process. Generally speaking, if you want to have a healthy liver, there are three major dietary elements that you must stay away from; saturated fat, refined sugar and alcohol. A diet high in those dietary elements increases the risk of developing fatty liver (infiltration) and cholestatis.
A Big Misconception Contrary to popular belief the most prominent factors that imbalance our diet and lifestyle are lack of knowledge, poor thoughts, lack of consciousness, diet, lifestyle, exposure to toxins, exposure to viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasitic animals, unpleasant life situations. Bad genes, viruses and bacteria are the last causative agent in the long raw of real life hazards.
Diet imbalances and deficiencies of essential nutrients are affecting biochemical processes inside your cells. It is also affecting digestion, preventing internal natural detoxification and liver function.
6 Dietary Rules That Support Liver Health
  1. Well-balanced diet which should include grains, legumes, seafood, sea vegetables
  2. 5-6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables (mostly green leafy)
  3. No or low processed and refined carbohydrates
  4. Organic fermented foods (dairy products, legumes)
  5. Low fat intake (25%- 30%): use of quality fats as much as possible (extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, extra virgin coconut oil…)
  6. Herbal drinks and tonics such as dandelion, nettles and green teas.
Making your liver a 'Healthy Liver'
Everything you eat, breathe and absorb through your skin must be refined and detoxified by your liver thus special attention to nutrition and diet can help keep the liver healthy.
If you are concerned with your liver function your diet should be rich in fresh green leafy vegetables that are rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can protect you from carcinogens like no other food or medicine can. It strengthens your cells, detoxifies liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes the polluting elements. Chlorophyll adds oxygen into the blood that is essential for optimal liver function and rejuvenation. One of the richest sources of chlorophyll is chlorella (single cell algae).
If your liver is damaged, you should consider a 'cleansing diet' until your liver gets in a better health condition. A “cleansing diet” helps the release of toxins and it cleans up dead tissue from liver. Sour flavored foods (sauerkraut, pickles, citrus fruits….) are the most active in liver, where they counter the effects of rich, greasy food, and function as a solvent breaking down bad fats and proteins. Also, very helpful in detoxification and activation properties in liver are bitter foods. Some bitter foods are rye, romaine lettuce, asparagus, quinoa, alfalfa, radish leaves, and citrus peel. Quality vinegars (apple-cider, brown-rice, rice-wine) should be bought sour and bitter and very helpful and powerful in quickly removing stagnation in liver. Other sour-bitter foods are lemon, lime or grapefruit...

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