Your liver: It’s probably one of the organs we think about the least, especially if it’s in good working order. In reality, it’s one of your body’s hardest working organs. It is the body’s “chemical processing center”, processing nutrients, secreting enzymes and converting toxins into manageable compounds. You can easily take it for granted when it’s healthy. But if it is injured, you will know it. You can’t live without it!
So, what measures can you take in your life to help keep your liver in optimal working order? Here are some natural, drug-free things you can do that will not only help your liver, but many other systems in your body as well!
Keep it simple. Eat mainly fresh, minimally processed foods, with a high percentage of green vegetables and produce that comes in rich colors like field tomatoes, carrots, avocado, mango, blueberries, and blackberries. These fruits and vegetables contain a plethora of antioxidants that can help protect your liver cells against physical injury.
Avoid unhealthy fats, sugar and alcohol. Fast food, (especially if it’s deep fried) along with soda and donuts, for example, are some of the worst foods for your liver. Alcohol is not only full of sugar, but contains toxins that make your liver work overtime.
Limit your intake of acetaminophen (Tylenol). While this over-the-counter pain reliever/fever reducer is commonly prescribed and comes in many forms, it can damage the liver if dosage limits are exceeded, and even if the maximum dose is NOT exceeded but met and taken for several days. In a 2006 study*, among patients who took the maximum acetaminophen dose for 2 straight weeks, 40% showed signs of acute liver damage.
What steps do you take to keep your liver healhty?