Love Your Liver...5 Top Foods for Liver Health
Did you know that the liver:
-Is responsible for nutrient storage, a good metabolism, immunity, and proper digestion.
-Breaks down old or damaged blood cells
-Helps break down fats to produce energy
-Vital organ in thyroid hormone conversion for proper use
-Only organ in the body that can regenerate itself
And which foods help keep the liver healthy?
5 Top Foods for Liver Health
-Veggies: cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage help reduce liver inflammation due to its high fiber content . Beta-carotene, found in carrots and sweet potatoes, also helps in removing heavy metals and toxins, reducing stress on the liver.
-Fruits: Lemons, with it’s high vitamin C content, helps elevate glutathione, an important antioxidant that assists in detoxifying enzymes in the liver. Berries, specifically blueberries, contain high levels of polyphenols that help support liver function.
-Healthy fats: omega-3 fatty acids found in mackerel, salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, and avocado oil help reduce liver fat (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and therefore reduce inflammation in the body.
-Herbs: milk thistle helps protect the liver from toxins, while dandelion root helps flush out toxins from the liver, boosting its performance. Other herbs such as garlic, can also help by preventing toxins from reaching other organs and turmeric is known to improve protective and regenerative properties in the liver.
-Sulfur-rich foods: onions, garlic, artichokes, leeks, and shallots are great sources of sulfur, provide gut microbiota nutrients that help in healing leaky gut and reducing liver inflammation.
Eat a healthy diet and your liver will thank you!