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Look after your liver - food as medicine.
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By Nutritional Therapist Belle Armatt, for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).

Avoiding excessive consumption of High Corn Fructose Syrup (found in sweet drinks and processed foods), and of tobacco, alcohol, coffee and sugar, and drinking lots of water are all ways to optimise liver health.   Continued liver abuse raises the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, allergies and many other ailments.

Liver supporting foods include garlic, which helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins, and whose allicin and selenium compounds aid liver cleansing. 

Beetroot's high level of plant-flavonoids, and chlorophyll-rich leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, are also great additions to a liver friendly diet. Chlorophyll helps to rid the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals, herbicides, and pesticides. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain important phytochemicals that stimulate detoxification enzymes. 

The delicious avocado produces a type of antioxidant called glutathione, needed for our livers to filter out harmful substances. Squeeze lemon into your avocado dip, or sip on warm water with lemon for a liver boosting beverage. Lemons help our bodies cleanse out toxic materials and aid the digestion process.  Another useful cuppa would be green tea. This is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, known to improve the functions of our liver. 

The spice turmeric has long been known for its liver health properties. Pop some in your curries and soups. Or make turmeric tea.


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