Liver Cleansing Foods
Very rarely do I offer my opinion on diet plans but this liver cleansing diet worked great for me.
The liver is a very important and ‘abused’ organ in the body. It is important because it performs vital functions such as regulating of the Blood Sugar, Making and Burning of Fat, Absorbing Omega Fatty Acids, Regulating Cholesterol, Balancing of the Key Weight-Loss Hormones, Maintenance of the Muscle Tone, and getting rid of fattening toxins.
But why is it abused?
The liver, although it handles the difficult task of maintaining metabolism and flushing away the toxins of the body, does not get a holiday. Basically, the liver is not given the healthy break it deserves after working with excessive alcohol, medications, viruses and bacteria that the body encounters everyday for years.
Here are some of the tell-tale signs a person encounters that signals the liver’s need for tender loving care:
• Weight problems such as bingeing, uncontrolled weight gain and excessive fat in the abdomen
• Fatigue and uncontrolled sleepiness
• Digestive problems such as frequent constipation, recurring heartburn, halitosis or bad breath and indigestion
• Mental conditions such as irritability, depression, negative thoughts, mood swings, poor memory and feeling of helplessness
• Skin problems such as under eye circles, acne, skin rashes, and premature aging
In order to avoid bigger problems, which can be caused by the signs mentioned earlier, it is best to give the liver a detox in order for it to function better. Try detoxifying the liver by observing a healthy lifestyle, proper exercise and eating liver cleansing foods.
Such liver cleansing foods can be rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber that help the liver to remove unwanted baggage that slows down its performance. Examples of liver cleansing foods include oats, leafy green vegetables, olives and olive oil, beans, legumes, garlic and onions, tomatoes, nuts, cayenne, turmeric, cinnamon and flax seed and flax seed oil.
In particular, studies show that turmeric contains high amount of beta carotene, which can help protect the liver from the damages caused by free radicals. The antioxidant present in turmeric also helps the liver heal as it assists in metabolizing of fats. Garlic and onion, which are commonly used in sautéing especially in Asian cuisines, contain phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body. Garlic and onion are also proven to posses antiviral and antibacterial properties to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi thereby assisting the liver in protecting the body against harmful foreign invaders.
If there is good food, there are also foods which should not be eaten so that liver problems can be avoided. These bad foods for the liver are processed foods, artificial food additives, colors, preservatives, and animal foods such as meat and synthetic sweeteners. Foods which are not organically grown and treated with pesticides and synthetic chemicals used in the growing processes should be avoided as well.
Some strict liver detox diets also recommend eating only raw and unprocessed foods. Experts say that the cooking process can diminish important enzymes that are needed by the liver for its vital functions. Many conditions and health problems can be avoided with the right choice of foods and healthy lifestyle. Early intervention and prevention are intelligent steps in keeping the body fit and free of diseases.