Lets talk about your liver

OK, so youโ€™ve heard of it โ€“ but what does your liver actually do? ย It leads the charge in eliminating toxins from your body, it is an eradication powerhouse.

Often we donโ€™t help the liver to do its job for a multitude of reasons that are just happening in our regular everyday lives (THINK ๐Ÿง poor diet, stress, medications, even chemicals & pesticides which are in our food chain).  Hmm, so where do the toxins go?  Great question – repercussions can be seen in a lot of different areas, such as energy, aging, mental performance, obesity, & hormone balance.

Sounds important right.  Some symptoms of a stressed liver ๐ŸŽ Poor morning appetite ๐ŸŽ Nausea ๐ŸŽ Fatigue ๐ŸŽ Headaches ๐ŸŽ Fluid retention ๐ŸŽ Itchy skin ๐ŸŽ Hormone imbalances ๐ŸŽ & Irritability (as you would be with all that going on!)

Hmm, some of these sound familiar? ย Whilst there is no magical food that will protect your liver, you can add in liver loving foods as part of a balanced diet & healthy lifestyle. ย It is only part of the picture, along with maintaining a healthy weight, assisting digestion & reducing cholesterol & blood pressure.

Your liver loces cruciferous vege – like broccoli. i Photo by Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Here are some liver loving foods + a brief why (because I do love a why!)
๐Ÿ Cruciferous vegies such as broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower (stimulates liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins.). ย PLUS a special mention for some great cabbage based food options THINK ๐Ÿง kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup, & sauerkraut
๐Ÿ Lemons & limes (aids in synthesising toxic materials so they can be absorbed)
๐Ÿ Garlic & onions (activate the liver enzymes)
๐Ÿ Leafy green vegetables THINK ๐Ÿง spinach, rocket AKA arugula, lettuce, chard (increases bile function & flow)
๐Ÿ Beetroot & carrots (stimulate & supports overall liver function)
๐Ÿ Turmeric (honestly it is the liver’s favourite spice)
๐Ÿ Apples (the pectin, cleanse & release toxins from the digestive tract making it easier for the liver to do its thing)
๐Ÿ Oily fish such as salmon, herring or mackerel, alternatively use fish oils (reduces inflammation & increases liver function)
๐Ÿ Avocados (produces glutathione to help cleanse)
๐Ÿ Olive oil (an alternative lipid base to absorb the toxins)

A few easy options to add into your diet & show that liver some ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’—.

#LiverLove #DidNotKnowThat #GutHealth #Digestion #HappyHealthyPeople #HealthyLiving #MetabolicBalance #ConsciouslyNutritious

๐Ÿ“ท Louis Hansel @shotsoflouis on Unsplash

Published by Shรขn

I am incredibly passionate about food and its healing power โ€“ it is pretty amazing how what you eat affects how your body works! In fact, I was so fascinated, I went & got myself a degree in it โ€“ a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). Now in all honesty I donโ€™t eat or live a perfect lifestyle, nor will I ever pretend I do. Realistically I know you wonโ€™t be perfect either. And thatโ€™s OK. As a Clinical Nutritionist I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness โ€“ everyday.

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