Monday, July 9, 2012
Beets: This root vegetable has been known to strengthen the liver, aid its function and keep it working properly. Beets are a natural source of betaine that works to rid the organ of toxic build-up and thins the bile produced by the liver. In turn, that promotes healthy bowel movements and lays the foundation for good digestion.
Beets also have a very anti-inflammatory effect on the body as a whole, promote healthy blood vessels, and fight indigestion.
Beet soup eaten daily may even help reduce or reverse varicose veins.
The easiest way to include beets in the diet is to eat beet soup (also called borscht) several times weekly.
A member of the ginger family, turmeric is plentiful in South Asia and has been used as a healing spice for thousands of years. It is also a staple spice of many Indian foods and the basis for certain curries.
Like beets, turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Tumeric can work wonders assisting the liver to rid itself of toxins. The gallbladder is also strengthened by turmeric in the diet. Recently, advanced medical research has shown that turmeric and its component curcumin may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.
A vegetable high in healthy fat, the avocado has been used for centuries as a healing food by MesoAmerican shamans.
Although its healing properties are many and the benefits too numerous to list here, the avocado is only surpassed by beets and turmeric when it comes to helping to heal and boost the efficiency of the liver. Because it's high in glutathione-producing compounds, this food can significantly help cleanse the liver. Adding it regularly to salads is one of the easiest ways to include it in the diet.
This food is on the list specifically because garlic has triggers that stimulate the liver's enzymes and promote detoxification. Garlic achieves this through the multiple sulfur compounds it contains. Garlic also helps to protect the liver from damage because it contains two powerful allies: selenium and allicin. Both have been proved to be very beneficial to liver health.
Lemons and limes
The key to efficient liver detoxification is the ability to produce enzymes in significant quantities. Both lemons and limes are very high in vitamin C and potassium. They help to regulate the body's natural bio-function. In conjunction with the other foods listed above, these two citrus fruits create a synergistic relationships and help to supercharge the liver toward better health and optimum functioning. Adding the juice of either whole fruit to a glass of water will help energize the liver healing and detoxifying process.
Once the liver is in balance, the body will attain a more even keel and meditation and thinking will become richer experiences.
Source: Dragon Sensei
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