The liver is the organ responsible for an enormous number of metabolic activities, and a human being need a plentiful supply of virtually all nutrients for the liver to be optimally healthy.
In general, fruits and vegetables should be one of the most useful category since they contain such a wide range of nutrients that participate in liver function. Additionally, for the case of the liver health, it is important to consume foods that are organically grown; the liver is an organ that detoxifies chemicals and therefore with organically grown foods you reduce your exposure to agricultural chemicals.
In this same toxic exposure category, moderate consumption of alcohol or less would also be important to the health of the liver, since this organ postpones other important functions when it is trying to metabolize excess alcohol.
Fried foods and other high-fat foods (like processed foods containing hydrogenated oils) would also be particularly hard on the liver. Just as with alcohol, there is a limit to the total amount of fat than the liver can process while maintaining all of its other metabolic activities.
There are a couple of food groups that would also be especially helpful in supporting the liver’s ability to detoxify chemicals. First are foods rich in sulfur. Sulfur-containing compounds are one of the primary types of molecules used to help the liver detoxify a wide range of prescription medications, pesticides, and other types of environmental toxins. Foods in this category would include onions, garlic, and egg yolk.
People need to feed depending on their body needs. By this I mean Far too many people place their mealtimes around the clock and will eat at, say, 8.00am, 1.00pm and 7.00pm, come hail or shine, appetite or not. It’s much healthier to place your mealtimes around your hunger and pay little heed to the clock. If you are in the habit of eating regular meals when you are not hungry,
People should have a raw juice, a piece of fruit, a small raw vegetable salad or a glass of water instead.
Drink plenty of filtered water daily as this helps to cleanse the liver and kidneys and aids with weight loss. The body requires small and frequent sips of water otherwise your cells shrink with dehydration and their membranes dry out. There is a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who do not drink water. Avoid large amounts of fluid with meals as well.
Avoid eating large amounts of sugar, especially refined sugar, as the liver will convert this into fat and cholesterol. The fat can cause fatty degeneration of organs or will be transported to fatty areas such as the thighs, buttocks and abdomen for storage. Eventually the blood triglycerides become too high and this is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Avoid all artificial sweeteners, as these are toxic to the liver and cause hypoglycemia and fatigue. If you must have something sweet, have fresh raw fruits, sun-dried fruits or even honey.
It is also important to avoid obesity, far more people die from overeating than from under eating, so on the side eat less once hunger is satisfied. Ignore the bathroom scales, as the aim is to the body and rejuvenate the entire metabolism, not merely to lose weight. Weight loss will occur hand in hand with the improvement in liver functioning.
Avoid Foods that May be Allergic to you or that you know from past experience upset you. Always chew food slowly and thoroughly, as digestion begins with saliva being mixed with food in the mouth.
As people age, the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach often becomes inadequate for efficient digestion of proteins. This can be overcome by sipping a small glass of water containing one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar during every meal (containing protein foods).
Be aware of good intestinal hygiene as the liver must filter out and destroy any bacteria and viruses present in our food. Too many unfriendly organisms, such as salmonella or shigella bacteria, may make us seriously ill and also permanently damage the liver.
To reduce this risk, only eat foods that are fresh, and avoid the regular reheating of food as bacteria breed in stored cooked foods, especially meats. Never reheat food more than once. And always wash your hands before eating.
Many packaged and processed foods are laden with preservatives, yet they are still full of unfriendly organisms in a dormant state. As soon as this food hits your intestines, the preservatives wear off and the bugs begin to grow inside you. Especially avoid preserved meats.
People need to obtain Protein from diverse Sources, including legumes. One can obtain protein from chicken, fish and eggs. However, there are many meals in which protein is obtained from legumes, grains, cereals, nuts and seeds.
First-class protein from combinations of these sources will be just as complete as protein from animal sources and contains all of the eight essential amino acids.
Legumes or `pulses’ are beans such as Soya beans, kidney beans, peas, and they provide valuable protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, plant hormones, minerals and B vitamins.