Some people choose to spend their weekends relaxing with their friends while others prefer to go clubbing – whatever the choice, it’s fair to say that it almost always involves alcohol. From chilled beers to frosty cocktails and potent shots, when it comes to alcohol, we are just spoiled for choice. However, it’s important to keep in mind that alcohol can have a negative impact on your overall health and is particularly damaging to your liver.
Alcohol causes short term damage as well as long term damage – the short term damage of alcohol is the result of oxidative stress when your liver attempts to break down alcohol. Alcohol also damages the intestines and this increases the transport of toxins across the intestinal walls and leads to liver inflammation and scarring in the long run.
If you’re drinking twice a week or more (which you really shouldn’t, just btw!), drink plenty of water the next morning (to flush our your system) and follow a diet that includes these foods to improve liver health.
Foods You Must Eat To Cleanse Your Liver
Your liver takes a lot in (pun intended!) – it’s time to show some love. Reach out for these foods to give your liver the detox it deserves!
Glutathione is an antioxidant that enhances the immune system and neutralizes free radicals . Glutathione plays a primary role in detoxification as it combines with a toxin to neutralize it so that it can be expelled from the body. Beets, carrots, tomatoes, and spinach are all great sources of Glutathione.
Lemons, sour limes, oranges and other citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C works as an excellent antioxidant which stimulates the liver and synthesizes toxins so that they can be processed and then removed from the system.
Turmeric has several medicinal and therapeutic uses and it can be used to help detox your liver. Processed foods often contain carcinogenic compounds and turmeric can help by assisting the enzymes that flush these carcinogens out of your body.
Apples contain pectin and other chemicals that cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract. Apples also have a soothing effect on the digestive tract and thus they will help to reduce intestinal inflammation caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Garlic is rich in sulfur which increases the production of liver enzymes and this in turn aids your body’s ability to flush out toxins in your system. Garlic also contains allicin and selenium which promote liver detoxification.
Green tea contains several antioxidants including tannins and catechins. These compounds assist and boost liver function.
The long term damage of alcohol on the liver causes serious and even fatal diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. So keep this in mind the next time the bartender asks you “what’s your poison” – it’s not just a figure of speech!
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