Have you been slugging through your day, extremely exhausted? Are you struggling with your digestive health? If yes then this could be a sign that your liver is on overload. Our liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood; produce the bile needed to digest fat; break down hormones and store essential vitamins, minerals and iron.
Some of the essential functions of the liver include:-
- Processing nutrients absorbed by the intestines so they are more efficiently absorbed
- Regulating blood composition to balance protein, fat and sugar
- Destroying old red blood cells
- Producing essential chemicals to help blood clot properly
- Breaking down and metabolizing alcohol and medications
- Producing essential proteins and cholesterol
- Removing toxins from the bloodstream, including bilirubin, ammonia and others
- Storing of minerals, iron and vitamin A
In today’s busy and unhealthy lifestyle, it is essential for our general health and well-being to maintain good liver health.
Below are some of the risk factors associated with impaired liver function.
- Low potassium levels
- Heavy alcohol abuse
- Intravenous drug use
- Exposure to certain industrial chemicals and environmental toxins
- Unprotected sex
- Obesity and a diet high in saturated fats, and processed foods
- Tattoos or body piercings
- High levels of triglycerides in the blood
- Prescription medications including acetaminophen
- Viral infections
- Autoimmune diseases
So, how do you cleanse your liver? Read here
To make sure your liver isn’t being overworked, here are 7 foods with liver-protecting powers. Incorporate some of them into your diet to naturally cleanse and protect this vital organ!
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
Beets and Carrots
Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can stimulate and support overall liver function.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
Leafy green veggies
Leafy green veggies have numerous health benefits, the most important being helping in cleansing the liver. These are high in chlorophyll, which helps in soaking environmental toxins from the blood stream. Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, mustard greens, bitter gourd, lettuce, etc are also good foods which can help in cleansing the liver naturally.
Amla Or Indian Gooseberry
Amla or the Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) is a natural liver revitalizer. It is commonly used in ayurveda for treating enlarged livers
You can have the fresh fruit or dried fruit powder. The standard dose used in experiments is 1–3 g fruit powder. You can also have 1 fruit a day, raw or in a juice form, preferably spread through the day.
No cleanse list would be complete without the anti-inflammatory and natural healing spice turmeric. Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine have both been using it to treat liver problems for centuries.
Include 1.5–3 g powdered turmeric root every day. However, if you suffer from inflammatory bowel syndrome, reduce the dosage to 1–1.5 g.
In order to detoxify your liver naturally, adding alternative grains like millets, buckwheat and quinoa in your diet can be helpful. Switching to alternative grains can be specially helpful for those who have gluten sensitivity.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. AwaazNation does not claim responsibility for this information.
Source- NDTV.Com, Draxe.com, Globalhealingcenter.com