Have you ever thought about the health of your liver?
If you have experienced any sort of liver disease, the answer to this question is probably yes.
However, if you lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, have no symptoms related to liver disease, and have not experienced any type of trauma that may have damaged your liver, chances are you give very little thought to the health of one of your body’s most important organs.
Your liver has many functions and plays a large role in your overall health. And while outwardly you may feel you are healthy, sometimes your insides can tell a very different story.
If are looking for ways to remain the vibrant and healthful person that you are, keep reading as we reveal some of the best ways you can keep your liver healthy.
4 Ways in Which You Can Keep Your Liver Healthy
Keeping your liver healthy is something we have discussed in detail here before. However, there are always additional things you can do to maintain a healthy liver, regardless of whether you are suffering from liver disease or not.
Try to implement some of the following tips into your lifestyle and see how great you feel from the inside out.
1. Consume an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
In the past, we have shared with you why keeping a diet low in sodium can be extremely beneficial to those with liver disease. However as a healthy person, there are additional dietary recommendations to consider if you want to avoid liver disease altogether.
Eating a diet low in sugar and high in fibrous foods is critical for keeping your liver healthy.
In fact, it has been suggested that consuming lots of antioxidants and fiber can even reverse liver damage and disease.
However, even for those that are healthy, eating a balanced diet is crucial for reducing the inflammation that is so well known for causing liver damage, disease, and even cancer.
Here are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can eat to help keep your liver functioning properly:
- Sour Foods. High in essential minerals, sour foods balance your body’s fluids and lower the amount of heavy metals in the body. With this comes less strain on the liver and a happier digestive system all around. Some great sour foods to consume regularly include kombucha, cultured vegetables, mustard greens, arugula, and bitter leafy greens.
- Leafy Greens. In addition leafy greens that pack a bitter taste, consuming green veggies of all kinds help nourish the liver due to their high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- High-antioxidant fruits. Fruits, such as berries and melons, will give your body the perfect balance of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, all of which are needed for good blood circulation through the liver.
Other great anti-inflammatory foods include green tea, raw local honey, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and fresh herbs.
2. Drink More Lemon Water
Sure, we have mentioned before how important upping your water intake is for liver health, but have you considered the benefits of lemon water?
Come to find out, the acid found in lemons help the liver to produce more liquefied bile. With additional bile production, your liver can effectively remove more toxins from your body. These toxins, if left in your body for too long, can have many negative effects on your health, especially when it comes to your liver. That’s why removing them with as efficiently as possible is a good idea.
Not convinced? Here are some other wonderful health benefits of drinking lemon water:
- Restore your body’s PH and make it more balanced
- Fight infections with the vitamin C
- Cleanse your bowels more effectively and remove more toxins that can strain your liver
- Dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones
- Fight cancer with naturally occurring anti-cancer compounds
3. Avoid Excessive Additives
The power food has on improving liver function cannot be underestimated. And, one food item that may be the cause of many diseases, especially liver disease, is synthetic food additives.
Designed to make common foods we eat colorful, flavorful, safe, convenient, tasty, and of course affordable, food additives have been added to the foods you eat for years. For instance, think about your favorite, sugar-packed colored candy.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks to some food additives is that they affect your internal health in negative ways. For example, people are experiencing higher incidences of food allergies, among other health issues.
With food allergies on the rise, more people than ever are forcing their bodies to go into overdrive and remove the “invader” that their body feels is threatening it.
This means that when you consume a food that has a synthetic additive that your body is allergic to, that food will be marked as a toxin that your body will then forcefully try to remove. This excess strain on your liver can cause severe damage over the course of time and even spark the onset of liver disease.
Try to avoid eating too many foods with synthetic additives and give your liver a break from removing so many toxins from the body. Your insides will be thankful you did.
4. Get the Advice of Your Maryland Liver Specialist
If are unsure about how to keep your liver healthy, or simply feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available to you regarding this very issue, contact your local liver specialist.
Dr. Mark Fraiman at the Liver and Pancreas Center in Towson, Maryland has years of experience treating liver disease. He will know firsthand how to get you on the right track when it comes to your liver health.
In the end, caring for your insides as much as your outward appearance is vital to living a long and healthy life.
Though you may not put much thought into how your liver is doing on a daily basis, it is important you think about it every now and then to make sure it is healthy and happy. That’s why we recommend giving some of the above-mentioned tips a try.
And, if you think you may need help with keeping your liver healthy, or worse feel that you may experiencing symptoms related to liver disease or cancer, contact Dr.Fraiman right away.
Dr. Fraiman and his team of experts are dedicated to getting you top-notch individualized care so that even if you come in with an unhealthy liver, you will leave with the tools and resources required to turn the tides and make your liver happy and healthy once again.