Liver Cleansing Diet
Very rarely do I offer my opinion on diet plans but this liver cleansing diet worked great for me.
The liver being the largest internal organ in the body has a major role in vital functions and has a big participation in metabolism. First, it is responsible in the production of blood clotting mechanisms. The Kupffer cells of the liver eat harmful bacteria and old, worn-out white and red blood cells.
Aside from these, important tasks such as breaking down of poisons and transforming them into less harmful substances and production of bile salts that break down fats, which are then absorbed by the small intestine for the breakdown and fat absorption are performed by the organ.
Although the liver is an important organ of the body, certain abuses such as excessive drinking of alcohol, improper eating and diet practices, smoking, stress, pollution, heredity and other factors contribute to weakening of the liver and thus lead to liver diseases.
One way of helping the liver in its functions is to detoxify one’s body of wastes, so that these harmful substances may not interfere in the overall job of the liver. In order to detoxify the body, certain measures such as the liver cleansing diet can be done.
There are different ways to perform the liver cleansing diet and more and more people are giving testimonies on the good effects the diet has given their body and how it improves their overall wellbeing. One of the most popular diets involves eating raw foods. The diet introduces eating uncooked foods such as fruits, nuts, seeds and sprouts, seaweeds, and natural oil.
The reason behind eating raw is that cooking destroys most of the enzymes in foods which are essential for bodily functions. The raw food diet balances the body which has become acidic because of meat, refined sugar, flours, pasta and preservatives. These ‘toxins’ cause the liver to become sluggish in performing its function.
If possible, it is best to eat meals by 6pm, so that one can sleep at 8pm because the liver is actively functioning from 10pm to 2am, which is the time it cleanses the blood and detoxifies the body of harmful contaminants.
Another supplemental method in performing the liver cleansing diet is drinking specific kinds of tea, which has been proven to have components that can help in cleansing of the liver. An example is the rooibos, which is a caffeine-free reddish brown tea exported from South America.
It is less bitter than the regular black tea. It is also rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, including dihydrochalcones, aspalathin, and nothofagin, rooibos has been found to improve flushing out liver toxin, boosting of glutathione levels, and decrease the fat build-up in the liver. It can be prepared by steeping it for about three minutes and served hot or cold according to one’s preference.
The honeybush tea is also worth a try. Aside from being caffeine and calorie free, it has mangiferin, hesperitin, and isokuranetin which are antioxidants and also promotes improved immune function.