Prolonged periods of unhealthy eating, drinking, and stress can’t be resolved in a short period of time. It takes time and hard work in order to restore your body back to balance. The longer you’ve been hard on yourself, the longer it may take to regain health. If you are interested in making more healthy choices these are some to help support your liver function.
The liver is important in breaking down harmful compounds. Liver cells have a life span of about 5 months. You can start regenerating new healthy hepatic cells in 45 days; because of this it will take some time to detox your liver. Here are some things that will help.
Brussels sprouts- Studies have shown that eating more Brussels sprouts can increase the blood levels of enzymes involved in metabolizing toxic substances.
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage)- Studies have shown that a high intake of these vegetables decreases the risk of some cancers.
Turmeric- Aids in fat digestion and promotes bile production. Also, acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Garlic- Helps the liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins.
Leafy greens (spinach, lettuce)- Good source of fiber, and help neutralize metals and chemicals in the body.
Foods high in antioxidants and vitamins/minerals/flavonoids- Grapefruit, lemons, beets, green tea, and avocados can help protect your body, and improve your liver function. They are just good for you!!!
Dandelion root- Studies have shown that it enhances the flow of bile, improves liver congestion, bile duct inflammation, and jaundice.
Schisandra- In traditional Chinese medicine this herb (wu wei zi) is used to treat liver disease and protect the liver from poisons. It helps support liver cell growth, and stimulates liver enzymes.
Milk thistle (silymarin)- supports liver function by helping ensure the integrity of liver cells.
Rosemary leaf- Used to support healthy liver function and aid in digestion
You must limit alcohol consumption if you are going to help your liver. Increase your fiber intake, and decrease your fat intake if needed. Take it one day at a time. Start by adding in good food/supplements and eliminating things that aren’t helping you. It is a process, and making good decisions for the long term will be most beneficial for your health!
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.