Every person only has one liver. That is why it is very important to take care of our liver or else, the body will not work normally. The liver filters the dirt from the food we take. But if your liver is already damaged, should you still take care of it? Definitely. Your liver is at its weakest point. It needs all the help it can get—especially from you.
The tips below will guide you through cleansing this major organ of the body:
- Eat congee. Brown rice porridge, also known as congee, is a healthier alternative to white rice. This creamy food treat helps in the liver healing. Prepare this by boiling a cup of brown rice in three cups of water, preferably, spring water. Continue boiling the rice fir about an hour or two or until it gets creamy.
- Eat steamed vegetables. Experts say that vegetables are best when eaten raw. But if you have a damaged liver, digesting raw vegetables will make the damage worse. Steaming the veggies is your next best choice. Steam them until they become soft enough for easy chewing. Also, take note of the vegetables that will be helpful and dangerous for the liver. Collard greens, kale, red cabbage, carrots, and sweet potatoes are the best veggies to cleanse damaged liver. But avoid eating eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes.
- Fruits instead of sweets. Craving for sweets can be remedied by eating sweet fruits. Dried fruits are better, too, compared to sugary treats.
- Eat slowly. This will help you chew food well. Chew the food until you can’t feel big chunks in your mouth. The more you chew, the more saliva will go with the food. And the more saliva, the more healing enzymes will be deposited to the liver.
- Hot fresh lemon. Squeeze a whole or half fresh lemon and add the juice to hot water. Drink this mixture every morning instead of drinking your regular coffee. The lemon is known as a great liver cleanser.
- Right vitamins. Selenium, vitamins E and C, and zinc should be taken everyday. These nutrients will protect not only the liver but other organs in the body from damages.
- Avoid processed foods. As much as possible, choose whole foods over the synthetic alternatives. Soft drinks, salty foods, white sugar, and fried foods are best avoided, too.
- Stop caffeine. If you can, stop taking coffee and other beverages with high caffeine content.
- Exercise. The perfect exercises to cleanse the damaged liver include tai-chi and yoga. Do not attempt to do heavy and strenuous exercises. At this point, you need to give your body a rest. A 30-minute walk helps also for better blood circulation to the liver.
The tips above are just suggestions for cleansing the liver if it is already damaged. It is still best to consult your doctor on what’s the best thing to do. Remember also that these tips should only be done in a two-week period or else, your body might suffer nutrient deficiency.