How to Nurture your Liver Every Day
The liver is the organ of detoxification, but it also contributes to hormone manufacture, bile secretion (to emulsify fats), cholesterol production and blood sugar balance. Without adequate liver function you may experience bloating after meals, indigestion (especially after fatty meals), rise in serum cholesterol, and improper absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Suboptimal liver function is responsible for complaints like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and acne vulgaris.
Here's what you should avoid.:
- Deep fried foods that contain trans-fats.
- Too many processed foods that contain preservatives and harmful fats.
- High glycemic index foods, such as pastries, cakes and confectionery as well as high fructose corn syrup found in most processed foods. They raise insulin level, LDL and promote a fatty liver.
- Long- term stress will affect receptors on the cells and make them less responsive to hormone signalling. Chronic elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol will generate insulin resistance.
Here are the foods you should eat:
- If feeling nauseated, have a non-treated lime peel in a cup of hot water, and let it stand covered for 15 minutes and sip slowly. It will pick you up quickly.
- The herb st Mary' thistle (Silybum marianum) protects against liver damage and has shown benefits in reducing liver enzymes in clinical studies.