I often hear about liver detox and especially during the holidays, when we eat more than reason!
Besides, if you too have already made a detox, tell us in comment why you made this liver detox and do you think it really did you good? Thank you so much.
The subject of the liver is particularly important to me because my little niece, has a serious disease of the bile ducts, which affects and intoxicates her liver a little more every day. Very soon, she will be transplanted and will receive a healthy liver.
So, if you have a liver that works, have gratitude for him and above all protect him.
How? This is what I propose to discover in this article.
The liver, an organ to do everything!
The liver is the largest internal organ. It is super important because it provides over 500 functions.
Among its functions, to name just a few, it stores sugar in the form of glycogen, it also stores vitamins, it allows our body to get rid of its waste or toxins, it produces through the gallbladder gall, important bile to digestion.
Its function of detoxification allows somehow to clean the blood and get rid of waste that produced our body, but also brought from the outside, by food, pollution, cosmetics, inhalation … Some waste or even toxins are also produced by the microorganisms present in our body.
In this article, I will mainly talk to you about the role of liver detoxification and give you the keys to help him properly perform his blood-cleaning job.
1- Beware of sugar, especially fructose industrial products!
Before talking more about detox, I want to talk about the harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption on our liver.
The function of the liver is to store sugar, glucose to be precise, in the form of glycogen. That is, when you eat sugar or foods with high glycemic index, your blood glucose or blood sugar level will increase. In order to decrease and bring your blood sugar back to normal, the pancreas will release a hormone called insulin.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about insulin, because it’s the hormone that diabetics need to inject to regulate their blood glucose level. Its function is to get sugar into your cells and especially into your liver to make your energy reserves.
If you consume too much sugar, your liver will become saturated, and it will turn the sugar into fat.
A sugar that is very bad for your liver is the fructose content in many ultra-processed industrial products. If you look at the list of ingredients for certain products, you’ll see it called fructose syrup or corn syrup because corn is very rich in fructose.
Consumed in too large quantities, the sugar, whose fructose will then be transformed and stored as fat in the liver. In the long run, the liver comes fat. And in people with diabetes or obese and sedentary, we see appear real foie gras.
This foie gras has a name, it is a non-alcoholic fatty liver.
This is exactly what happens when geese or ducks are stuffed with corn to make ….
It is unfortunately today more and more observed, these cases of fatty liver, even in young children.
My first advice for preserving your liver is to reduce ultra-processed products too rich in sugar, including fructose.
2- Eat raw and least processed foods
Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in anti-inflammatory molecules, and some are even hepatoprotective, that is to say, they will protect hepatocytes, which are the cells of the liver.
The many foods recommended for liver detox, such as black radish, turmeric, green tea, garlic, broccoli (cruciferous vegetables of the cabbage family) … all have anti-inflammatory properties.
Molecules contained naturally in our fresh food, protect the liver from the formation of fibrosis, which can be complicated by cirrhosis. Fibrosis is when the liver is very inflammatory. It produces a lot of fiber that makes it very rigid. With time, he can no longer perform all his functions.
These include: asthaxantine, which is one of the carotenoids, like the beta-carotene contained in the carrot, but more powerful. It is found in salmon, shrimp and it is he who gives its pink color to the pink flamingo! Be careful, I’m not telling you to eat flamingo! Avoid farmed salmon and prefer wild salmon.
There is also blueberry. Resveratrol, found in black grapes but also dark chocolate.
Some will offer you food supplements or special teas
Personally, I prefer to eat fresh products with real fruits and vegetables deliciously cooked by me than to swallow capsules without taste and which in addition, are often very expensive.
Think about eating salads, that is to say raw foods, as input for example. The advantage of the raw is that it preserves nutrients that may be damaged and lose their benefits with cooking.