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5 Reasons Why Green Foods Are Great for the Liver

Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

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Your liver carries out many important roles in your body, such as regulating protein and fat metabolism, eliminating toxins, regulating hormones, filtering our blood, and protecting the immune system. That is why it is essential that it performs optimally, otherwise you may experience problems such as mood changes, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and headaches.

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Perhaps the biggest job of your liver is to break down everything you eat and classify it as a nutrient or a toxin to determine what should be absorbed and what should be eliminated from the body.

If your diet revolves around junk food and medicinal drugs, your liver can get overwhelmed with toxins. This will make it difficult for it to perform its job of processing nutrients efficiently.

Plant food is an integral part of a healthy diet and it contains components that are closely linked to liver health. Certain plant-based foods can also provide medicinal support, in addition to nutritional support, for liver disease. Green leafy vegetables are particularly good for health as they are anti-inflammatory and may also inhibit the development of certain types of cancers and tumors.

Here some greens that you should include in your diet to support liver health:

1- Broccoli:

The bright green color of cruciferous vegetables is indicative of their high chlorophyll content and antioxidant properties. Additionally, broccoli is also rich in fiber which means it can help your body get rid of toxins such as carcinogens, and boost digestive health. Moreover, broccoli is also a good source of vitamin E, which is a very important liver antioxidant.

2- Spinach:

Spinach is a very versatile vegetable- you can cook it, you can eat it raw, or you can juice it. It is a great source of chlorophyll and is capable of soaking up toxins from the bloodstream. Spinach also boosts the flow of bile, which is a substance that is needed for absorbing dietary fats.

3- Cabbage:

Cabbage is high in vital phytonutrients that help your liver with various things such as neutralizing chemicals, drugs, carcinogens, heavy metals, and pesticides.

4- Kale:

Kale is a good source of sulfur, which helps the liver during the detoxification process and encourages it to eliminate toxic chemicals and free radicals. Kale is also highly anti-inflammatory, so people with chronic liver issues should consume more of it to avoid liver cell damage.

5- Avocado:

Avocado is a great source of glutathione, which is the most powerful antioxidant of the body. Your liver requires glutathione to eliminate harmful substances. Studies have also shown that consuming just half an avocado a day for a month can repair a damaged liver.

Talk to a doctor if you have questions related to your diet or about ways to keep your liver healthy. You can find and book an appointment with top nutritionists in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3250-044 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Aqeel Ahmed - Author Dr. Aqeel Ahmad Khan is among the Best Diabetologists in Multan. First-ever Pakistani Doctor nominated by UNFPA Pakistan for American UNFPA award for women health and dignity in 2009. He also has a live programme on tv channel from Islamabad for health awareness.
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