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02/17/57


                             10 Foods That Will Boost Your Liver Function

 

 


        Do you want to better your health? Do you wish you had more energy, alertness and increased performance levels? How important is avoiding sickness to you? I know you have heard that proper nutrition through healthy eating will help you achieve all these things, but what does that mean?  How can you design your nutritional plan to improve your quality of life? To get a better understanding of the process, think of your body as an automobile or any other fuel burning machine.


       The performance of an automobile depends heavily of vital individual parts like the catalytic converter, the engine or the fuel pump. Like the human body, the automobile has three major systems. There are 1. Fuel Intake and Processing. 2. Operations. 3. Elimination. From an operational standpoint, there is no organ in the human body that is more important than the liver. You might think that the heart is, but the heart is primarily responsible for driving the circulation of oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the body. The liver is primarily responsible for the smooth operation of our bodies. The liver is a rubbery, two-lobed organ that weighs 3 pounds. It is responsible for breaking down and detoxifying substances in our bodies. It processes proteins that control blood clotting and circulation. It produces cholesterol and triglycerides. It converts glucose into muscle fuel called glycogen.  It makes bile and expels ammonia through our urine. Equally important, the liver stores vitamins and other chemicals that become our bodies’ building blocks. Our vision, mobility, brain function and vitality are reliant of a well-functioning liver.


       To give your liver the best chance of helping you enjoy a more healthy and productive life, I suggest adding these 10 foods to your food choices.

 

1.      Garlic


Garlic contains allicin, sulfur and selenium. This plant helps detoxify the body and protects it from potential damage. Garlic can produce an unpleasant odor. To reduce this possibility, eat two cloves a day as additives to your food preparations.

 

2.      Turmeric


This herb helps liver’s digestive enzymes detoxify the body. This is particularly true with the enzyme, Glutathione S Transferase. This enzyme is a key component in the cleaning process.

 

3.      Green Tea


Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants include Catechins. They support liver function. Along with getting rid of toxins, they remove fat deposits. This helps in weight loss.

 

4.      Tomatoes


This fruit is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that cancels free radicals. Plus, tomatoes aid digestion and blood circulation.

 

5.      Apple


This fruit is a great source of Pectin, a soluble fiber that guards against poisonous bodies from the blood.  Also, apples contain Malic acid. It adds to liver efficiency.

 

6.      Spinach

 

Popeye was smart to rely of spinach to help him fight off Brutus. This vegetable is rich in Glutathione, which stimulates enzymes that detox the liver.


7.      Carrots


Carrots are another great source of Glutathione. This nutrient helps expel carcinogens and other toxins from our systems.


8.      Walnuts


Walnuts provide a great amount of the amino acid, L-arginine.  This nutrient gets rid of ammonia from the body.


9.      Grains


Don’t let the diet gurus talk you out of totally cutting out grains in your eating plan. The body needs complex carbohydrates like Quinoa, barley, brown rice and whole wheat. They are full of fiber. Daily consumption of grains reduces the risk of cancer and reduces body fat.


10.  Cruciferous Vegetables


This vegetable group includes arugula, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and collard greens. These are cleaning and detoxing vegetables.


If you add these ten foods to your eating plan, you will go a long way toward enjoying the benefits of living a healthier existence. Email me and let me know the way these suggestions affect your well-being. Good luck in being the best person you can be.

 

 

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7 Foods You Should Include in Your Healthy Eating Routine

 

Primarily, the purpose of this section is to make sense of the confusing information about healthy eating. This job becomes easier when we address clear objectives. Regardless of the method we choose, we all want to live healthier lives. Good health is the thread that everything in our lives stems from. Good health requires God’s graces, regular activity and healthy eating. Healthy eating requires smart and healthy food choices. This space will address all the great food options that contain the rich amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It will provide meal planning tips for getting the proper macro ratios for weight loss, athletic performance and muscle building. Additionally, portion control and the role of herbs will be covered in length. However, this article focuses on 7 foods every healthy eater should include in his or her daily eating routine.

 

 Food #1  Nuts


Did you know that nuts are classified as fruits?  Well, they are. More importantly, they are packed with vital nutrients and enzymes that our bodies need to fight off cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Recent studies have shown that nut consumption lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and all causes of mortality (1,2,3). Plus, nuts are low on the glycemic index. This is attributed to their high unsaturated fat, low carbohydrate and protein content. The only setback with nuts is they are high in calories. For weight loss purposes, the above chart shows the appropriate number of nuts for a healthy, low calorie snack. For all other purposes, I recommend about a handful of nuts a day.


Food #2 Blueberries

           Blueberries make a sweet and nutritious snack. They make add extra deliciousness to many healthy-eating recipes. Most importantly, they pack a nutritious punch that is proven to protect against heart disease and cancer. Also, they can help maintain bone density, healthy blood pressure and mental health. Many of blueberries’ health benefits come from a plant compound call anthrocyanin. It’s the reason why blueberries have that rich blue color. Plus, a cup of the berries can provide about ¼ of our daily allowance of vitamin C. However, because of their high vitamin K levels, people taking blood thinners should consult their doctors before increasing blueberry consumption.


 Food #3 Kale

          Almost everyone knows how nutritious kale is. The media has trumpeted its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It’s low carb and low calorie. It’s well stocked with vital nutrients. It’s good for the eyes, skin and bones. It’s great for weight loss and disease prevention.  However, did you know it had more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than spinach?  A healthy eating routine would not be complete without this highly nutritious food. In my opinion, the only shortfall is the vegetable’s sharp taste. I like to combine it with milder tasting food combinations.


 Food # 4 Flaxseed

            Often regarded as a super food, studies indicate that flaxseed can reduce heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes. This seed contains a powerful combination of Omega 3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber. The omega 3 fatty acid helps to reduce cholesterol levels and thickness in the blood. Fiber helps reduce hunger and aids in digestion. Flaxseed is broken down into chemicals called “lignans.” Some research believe lignans may slow down breast cancers and other forms of cancer. Flaxseed is particularly beneficial to those people who do not eat much fish and get enough fiber in their diets.


 Food # 5 Cocoa

Good news for chocolate lovers. Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cocoa plant. Cocoa is a rich source of flavonoids. Flavonoids fights heart disease. The darker the chocolate, the better. However, more is not better. Cocoa contains caffeine and sugar. As a result, eating too much (16 oz. a day) can lead to same side effects as consuming too much caffeine and sugar.


  Food #6 Olive Oil

         Most health experts agree that chronic inflammation is a driving force for such diseases as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Olive Oil offers a potent defense against inflammation because it has an abundance of monounsaturated oleic acid and antioxidants. Studies have indicated that these two nutrients can reduce inflammation, which could have a positive effect on the risk of chronic diseases (4). Antioxidants have the added benefit of preventing oxidation of your blood cholesterol. This is a major factor in preventing heart disease.  

 

Food #7 Green Tea

           Christopher Ochner, PhD., is a research scientist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He recently stated that Green Tea is the, “healthiest thing I can think to drink.”  The drink is a great compliment to a healthy lifestyle. Green Tea is loaded with catechins, antioxidants that fend off cell damage. Plus, studies show that the tea can improve blood flow, stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. On top of this, green tea is often included in weight loss regimens, but research results have been inconclusive concerning its weight loss impact. However, this tasty beverage is a healthy alternate to sugary drinks.


            Health eating involves more than a few superfoods. Our bodies are far too complex for that. Hydration, portion control, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals have a primary role. Nevertheless, adding these seven foods into your meal plan can give your health and well-being an added boost. When your body is in a perfect position to perform at peak efficiency, this state is called homeostasis.  Healthy eating helps your body reach this state. 

 

 


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