10 tips to take care of your liver
The liver is the organ that takes care of filtering out everything that is bad and keeping only the good nutrients from food. When the diet is unbalanced, it stores fat and some liver disorders may appear. So taking care of your liver on a daily basis is essential to avoid these inconveniences. People who want to lose weight have a great interest in considering detoxification in order to facilitate the functioning of the liver and reduce fat production. Here are 10 tips to take care of it.
Make a lemon treat
Drinking lemon juice diluted with lukewarm water every morning helps to detoxify the body and cleanse the liver. By stimulating bile production, lemon helps the liver. However, this detox treatment should not exceed a period of 21 days, with the risk of overworking the liver.
Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol is harmful to the liver because it destroys liver cells and leads to fatty deposits (hepatic steatosis) and serious diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis. It is necessary that it be limited to two glasses a day for a woman, and preferably two glasses for a man, with two meals.
Avoid sugary products
Sugar is converted to fat by the liver, and during this transformation, inflammation is produced. Eventually, the liver has difficulty regenerating and becomes poisoned, causing non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or even cirrhosis if the steatohepatitis is not treated in time.
Drink tea or coffee
Coffee and tea, especially green, will have a hepatoprotective effect, provided that they are taken without sugar and in moderation in relation to coffee. Other drinks, especially sodas, juices and also fruit juices, bring sugar and should therefore be avoided.
Choose allied plants
Some plants are known for their liver benefits. This is particularly the case of milk thistle and smoke. Also, rosemary and dandelion are very good allies with the so-called "urine shields", that is, these plants facilitate the evacuation of bile. These are useful plants in case of slow digestion due to an overload of the liver, for example, after a fatty meal.
Put black radish on the list
Black radish is an excellent liver dehydrator and promotes detoxification. Its flesh is crunchy and its flavour is sour. It can be eaten raw, grated, sliced, or cooked like turnip, and served as an accompaniment to the dish. It is also available in supplement form.
Reduce your intake of fatty meats and cold meats
Deli meats and fatty meats are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. Therefore, it should be limited to once or twice a week because it increases the work of the liver, and favors the accumulation of toxins in it. Fats and especially re-cooked animal fats should also be avoided if one has problems with digestion.
Cooking garlic and onions
Garlic and onions contain sulfur compounds that activate enzymes in the liver and thus allow it to better excrete toxins. Their virtues are present whether they are eaten raw or cooked. However, beware of people with thyroid problems because foods containing sulfur compounds should not be eaten raw in this case.
Like lemon, grapefruit promotes the detoxification of the liver and the elimination of triglycerides in the blood thanks to two molecules: naringin and oraptin. Also found in oranges, these molecules regulate cholesterol levels, ensuring a healthy liver.
Reduce your salt intake
Sodium encourages the body to retain water, which can negatively affect the liver. Avoid salty foods and add salt to the table. Industrial foods with a pronounced salty taste such as tomato sauce, soy sauce, or canned soup contain a lot of salt and should be avoided.