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7 Food Habits that Can Strengthen your Liver

7 Food Habits that Can Strengthen your Liver
Your largest internal organ is also one of the most important. The liver metabolizes everything that enters your body, so if you keep it in good health, you can stay disease-free and happy.
Here are some gentle reminders on how to help your liver do its job better.
  • Sip a cup or two of green tea every day. The catechins in green tea cleanse and tone the liver.
  • Drink a tall glass of warm lemon water in the morning. It flushes out toxins from the liver and helps the digestive system work better.
  • Snack on fresh fruit instead of drinking fructose-laden fruit juice, which is known to cause fatty liver. Sweet, juicy berries and citrus fruits are beneficial in particular, thanks to their high antioxidant content.
  • A pinch of turmeric in your soups and stews can help heal liver infections—turmeric is a time-honored anti-inflammatory spice.
  • Eat Chinese stir-fried veggies more often. They are not only delicious, but help to detoxify your liver from the toxins in the environment.
  • Include some bitter foods in your daily diet—endives, rocket, dandelions, bitter gourd, fenugreek—these stimulate the production of bile and help the liver perform its job better.
  • Bring on the garlic! An amino acid called methionine in garlic helps the liver work more efficiently and protects it from damage. Add a few sesame seeds to the proceedings, and you have even more methionine, not to mention great flavor.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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7:29AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

funny that right now, I am enjoying warm lemon water when reading the article/Thanks

2:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

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11:23PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you :)

1:02AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

8:30AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Too many chemicals are added to our food, which eventually destroys the liver....thanks FDA for not doing your job.

Does the FDA get kick backs from the chemical companies????????

5:58AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Fresh fruit? According to Chinese medicine, strengthening the liver would involve giving up all fruit, vegetables and milk products because they apparently cool the liver. (Which doesn't mean I agree with them; a diet consisting only of meat and rice would be horrible.)

6:08PM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thanks

6:00AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Eat smart and exercise enough

2:13PM PST on Feb 14, 2014

Thank you!

12:24PM PST on Feb 14, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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