The liver carries out multiple functions, detoxification being one of them in a still and quiet manner. A balanced and natural diet is of utmost importance to keep this organ in optimal condition as well as to prevent possible disorders.
On the other hand, unbalanced diet, with plenty of protein from fresh meat, shell fish, alcoholic beverages, drugs in general, certain medicines, along with chemical products; disturb the health of this important organ.
What helps the liver?
There are certain foods that help the liver to carry out its cleansing function. Furthermore, some foods have the capacity to strengthen and regenerate this organ. Artichokes, cardoons and Belgians endives are examples. That is why these ingredients are significant components in the recipes.
The food that is the best friend of the liver is undoubtedly the artichoke. It is an authentic medicine for the liver. Hepatic patients are often advised to take artichoke extract, as it contains cynarin.
The artichoke or globe artichoke is a very versatile horticultural product. It can be used raw, steamed, baked and as an ingredient in many dishes. Its look and taste are unique and pleasant. Therefore as often as possible, we should use natural artichokes prepared in the simplest possible way.
Artichokes can be frozen. They may also be canned, although they lose their best properties this way.
Women on oral contraceptives (the pill) whose estrogens need to be metabolized and excreted by the liver will benefit from an abundant intake of artichokes.
Artichokes can be found in a number of local markets and hotels.
What helps the gall bladder?
The gall bladder stores bile secreted by the liver. This organ later empties its contents into the intestine in order to help in digestion of fat.
Recipes in this chapter help to facilitate healthy functioning of the gall bladder. In addition, dishes made up of whole cereals and legumes prevent the development of bilary stones or gallstones which is the most common disorder of this organ. These recipes are also recommended for those who have undergone gallbladder surgery.