The liver is an amazing organ, central to our vitality and energy levels. It helps us digest food, removes toxins, converts and stores nutrients and supports the immune system through removing bacteria from the blood. The liver is like the chemical brain of our body, and recognises millions of substances which it takes apart, recycles and regenerates. Our liver works hard to filter out caffeine, alcohol, pesticides, environmental toxins and toxins produced in the gut and it can become overwhelmed. Good hormone production and excretion requires a healthy liver.
Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, at least 7 a day. The antioxidants nutrients, vitamins and minerals support your immune system and liver.
The liver detoxifies things our body doesn’t need by sticking them to other substances ready to be excreted from the body. This process (called conjugation) needs a good supply of glutathione and sulphur. Foods especially rich in these and very supportive for the liver are:
Foods to support the liver
- Garlic and onions
- Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussel sprouts
- Fruits – apricots, all berries, citrus fruits, kiwi.
- Fresh vegetables such as artichokes, peppers, beetroot, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin
- Leafy greens – Leafy greens like spinach, coriander, parsley and lettuce can help the body to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides.
- Turmeric is hepatoprotective (protects the liver), an antioxidant and encourages the production of bile. Try Golden Milk by adding turmeric (fresh or powder) to a milk alternative with fresh ginger, cardomom, black pepper and cinnamon for a warming drink. Black pepper helps absorption.
- Protein from vegetable sources provide amino acids to support detoxification.
Drinks to support the liver
- Drink at least 2 litres of filtered water every day. You can include herb tea as part of this.
- Green tea contains catechins, antioxidant phytonutrients which are supportive of the liver. Redbush (Rooibos) tea, as well as being caffeine free, has been shown to be useful to those with liver disease.
Focus on whole foods, in a natural state. Aim to eat a rainbow of different coloured vegetables every day to get a broad spectrum of nutrients.
Avoid environmental toxins
Chemicals in some plastics and pesticides called xenoestrogens are so similar to oestrogen in structure that they can confuse your body, and mess with your hormones. Avoid food in plastic containers, and don’t heat food in plastic tubs, including putting hot drinks in plastic bottles. Use natural products to clean your house, and organic toiletries, especially those which are rubbed into skin like deodorant and moisturisers. You don’t need to be fanatical about this, but aim to reduce your exposure to these chemicals to reduce your toxin load. Keep plants in the house to clean the air.
For specific advice on nutrition for you please get in touch or call Anna on 07812010412, as a qualified naturopathic nutritional therapist she can give you nutritional support with your fertility journey.