About Your Liver: Healthy diet and your liver
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Healthy Diet for Liver
is often blamed for poor appetite, listlessness, poor digestion and bad health. In fact, only in a minority of instances, is the liver to blame in these situations.
Specifically, only in liver disease which may take
the form of hepatitis or cirrhosis will ill-health be due to the
DIET FOR A HEALTHY LIVER
- A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, animal protein with a fat - carbohydrate - protein ratio of 30% - 50% - 20% unless specific problems such as diabetes, kidney disease etc dictate otherwise.
- Plenty of fluids
- Avoidance of excess alcohol
- Pack your diet with antioxidants
Anti-oxidants protect against free radical (produced in all of us due to body's metabolic processes) injury. Apart from protecting the liver and helping in its recovery if damaged, they have been shown to inhibit cancer cells, fight the ageing process and protect the sight.
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables, as well
as other foods including nuts, grains and some meats, poultry
and fish. Below are some of the anti-oxidants and their best
Found in many foods that are orange in color, including
sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, and mangos. Some green
leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are also rich in beta-carotene.
A potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, oranges.
Selenium is a mineral, not an antioxidant nutrient. However,
it is a component of antioxidant enzymes. The amount of selenium
in soil, which varies by region, determines the amount of selenium
in the foods grown in that soil. Plant foods like rice and wheat are the major dietary sources of selenium in most countries.
Foods rich in vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks and mozzarella cheese.
This can be found in abundance in citrus fruits (lemons, oranges etc.), cereals, poultry and fish.
This is found in almonds, in many oils including safflower, corn and soybean oils, and also found in mangos, nuts, broccoli and other foods.
A host of over-the-counter anti-oxidant preparations
such as Salymarin (milk thistle)
can be taken although unnecessary if above foods are taken in good quantities.