|Food for Liver Health|
We often think of our livers as the organ that suffers when we drink too much booze, but it’s actually responsible for metabolizing our food and filtering out all of the toxins that we eat or drink. That could mean alcohol, salt, excess fat, pesticide residues – pretty much anything you ingest that can harm your body taxes your liver.
A lot of the discussion about food for liver health surrounds what you should not eat and drink. These include:
alcohol – I bet you remember this one from health class!
Food For Liver Health
So, you know what not to eat and drink, but what foods can help protect your liver?
Sulfur-rich foods – Sulfur supports liver function. Sulfer-rich foods include onions and garlic.
Cruciferous vegetables – Cruciferous vegetables – like broccoli, kale, bok choy, and collard greens – are loaded with health benefits, and they are also rich in sulphur and micronutrients that support liver health.
Turmeric – Turmeric is kind of a wonder spice, isn’t it? A 2001 study found that turmeric can help offset the damage that a high fat diet can do to your liver.
Licorice – Licorice can help protect a healthy liver and is even used to treat some liver disorders, but if you are taking certain medications, you’ll want to check with your doctor before adding more licorice to your diet.
Carbohydrates – A carbohydrate-rich diet is easier on your liver than one that’s high in fat or in protein.
B Vitamins – The B vitamins also support liver function, so eating more foods rich in vitamin B or taking a B-complex supplement can help your liver. B vitamin-rich foods include: broccoli, parsley, red peppers, beets, turnips, bell peppers, turnip greens, asparagus, and lentils.
Source: GO MEDIA: Written by Becky Striepe - Image credit: Creative Commons photo by Cookthinker