Liver – A Very Important Organ in Our Body
Liver is the largest organ in our body and also the biggest storehouse for vital minerals. It is involved in a wide range of functions necessary for good digestion. The liver processes all that we eat, drink and absorb through skin. A poorly functioning liver can lead to the following symptoms:
- Feeling tired and lethargic,
- Joint pains,
- Shoulder and upper back stiffness,
- Skin irritations,
- Poor digestion – constipation and flatulence (excess air in the abdomen),
- Cramps and pains in the abdominal area,
Factors that Can Weaken the Liver
The liver is particularly impacted due to improper nutrition, heavy intake of alcohol, heavy medication (including birth bills), situations causing anger like demanding lifestyle and discord in relationship.
Best Detox Diet to Keep the Liver Healthy
Here is a list of things you can include in your diet :
- Drink plenty of water (at room temperature) during the day.
- Eat fruits like apple, avocadoes, papaya, grapefruit and lime. It is best to eat these fruits separately from your meal times – preferably two hours after your breakfast or two hours after your lunch. Do not combine these fruits to make a fruit shake. Remember food combinations are very important in Ayurveda and sometimes combining too many good things is not going to give you a beneficial result.
- Adding a small quantity of spices like Turmeric, Dry mustard powder, Pepper, Ginger, Garlic, Lemongrass, Holy basil, Sweet basil and Bergamot in your food help in digestion.
- Select foods rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids like rainbow trout, sea bass shrimp, salmon, tuna, sardine and mackerel.
- Cold Pressed oils that are rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids including Olive, Sesame, Safflower, Sunflower seed and Wheat germ oil.
- Grains are rich in B-complex vitamins, which are nutrients known to improve liver function. The following grains are suggested: Brown rice or wild rice, Whole wheat, Buckwheat, Rye, Gluten free breads.
- Leafy green vegetables, carrots, bitter gourd, mustard greens, leek, kale, horseradish, sprouts, broccoli, beet, cauliflower, chicory and onions are good choices.
- Protein from walnuts, peas, beans, skinned organic chicken, egg white may be included.
- Remember while eating put your full attention on your food and chew well. Enjoy the taste. Herbal teas like fennel and cardamom tea without milk and sugar are helpful if taken along with your meals.
- Last but not the least, watch your thoughts – they either purify or pollute the mind – how your body responds to your thoughts and emotions is in your hands.