The liver is one of the most important organs in our body, which performs numerous functions, including detoxification.
We could compare it to a real checkpoint for all substances that we introduce daily, either knowingly, or unknowingly in the body: food, drugs, environmental pollutants, pathogens and so on.
Any substance passes primarily through the liver, where it undergoes a first “treatment” before entering the bloodstream.
In addition, this precious organ is responsible for removing toxins from the blood.

It is so easy to imagine the amount of work that the liver is submitted to every day.
But, if the amount of toxins to be treated is too high, its purification capacity is saturated and toxins will go back into the bloodstream where they can cause serious damage.

The first rule to keep our liver health is therefore not to overload it unnecessarily.

Over-nutrition is one of the reasons for liver failure, because it prevents the liver from engaging also in the detoxification of the body, as well as from the synthesis and processing of nutrients.

It is therefore really important to first limit the consumption of what is perhaps its number one enemy: alcohol. While a moderate consumption of wine or beer with meals is allowed, a different thing is the consumption of spirits, highly red flagged under every circumstance.
Particular attention should be paid to the dangerous phenomenon of binge drinking that is becoming increasingly worrying especially among teenagers. For alcohol approach the keyword must be moderation.
It goes without saying then that, if we are taking drugs, they should not be taken in combination with alcohol.

Speaking of drugs, we must also avoid using them without a real need, avoiding the dangerous syndrome of self prescription.

It is also recommended that fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed before eating, because they are often contaminated with pesticides and fertilizers.
More generally, then, to keep our liver healthy, it will be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which is a balanced and regular physical activity, essential to keep the body weight steady and normal.
Strongly advisable is also a moderate consumption of fried food and saturated fats (cheese, butter, meats and fatty meats), as it will be preferable to moderate the consumption of smoked or grilled foods: the charred part contains a dangerous carcinogen that is regularly detoxified and rendered harmless from our liver, but if the amount we introduce is excessive, the detoxification process may not be completely efficient.
The consumption of salt should be reduced, and not just to keep the liver in good function but for a general well being factor, favouring the use of herbs and spices instead, to flavour our preparations. You can start with its gradual reduction, and surely one can be amazed of how many new flavours can be perceived when food is no longer covered by salt!

The nutrients that are good for the liver, such as Vitamin A, C and E, as well as Selenium and Glutathione, can be found especially in fish, legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Therefore say yes to fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes also for their fiber content, which helps to protect the liver from the onset of tumours, while for the same reason intake of simple sugars should be significantly limited, such as sweets and sugary drinks.

Usually during the change of seasons (fall and spring) or after a period of prolonged intake of a certain drug or before starting a diet, could be a good practice to cleanse the liver, in order to stimulate its functionality and improve the absorption of nutrients, as well as boosting the immune system.

Among the foods best suited to purify the liver are lemon juice, rich in vitamin C, which effectively cleanses the liver, although it may cause some problems for people suffering from gastritis. The practice of drinking a glass of warm water and lemon in the morning is, according to Ayurvedic Medicine, comparable to a shower inside the body, useful to cleanse the liver and promote the elimination of waste.

Artichoke, Milk Thistle and Dandelion are among the herbs that are usually found in formulations for liver cleansing sold in pharmacies, often in the form of syrups.
Often in these formulations chicory is also contained, which regulates liver and kidneys and promotes diuresis and Acerola which naturally contains vitamin C and stimulates the immune system.

Other foods to be preferred in order to clean up our livers are: garlic, onions, peppers, cabbage, apples and blueberries, while for salad dressing opt for extra virgin olive oil, instead of fatty dressings sold in supermarkets. One thing, careful no to overdo with the doses as olive oil is very high in calories.

Yeast, whose beneficial properties have been known since ancient times, helps cleansing the liver as well as the skin and is therefore a great help in fighting acne.

Finally, special attention goes to Turmeric, for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which are very useful for the liver. The Turmerone, a major component of Turmeric, is a potential future drug, also much studied for its considerable anti-inflammatory activity.

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