Dr Rupali Datta, nutritionist, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) says, “In most of the cases, patients don’t realize they are suffering from a liver ailment until it’s too late. Blood tests are not able to detect liver ailments at an early stage. Only when it becomes serious, does the condition presents itself.”
Here are the things you should keep in mind to protect your liver:
Say NO to alcohol: While all fatty livers don’t happen because of alcohol, it is a primary catalyst for many liver disorders. Hence, an alcohol-free lifestyle is a big step towards the well being of your liver.
LOSE extra flab: Obesity is one of the primary reasons for a dysfunctional liver. Thereby the first step to guard your liver is to lose excess weight. Regular fitness regime helps you attain a healthy body weight and lowers the risk of fatty liver disease. Not only that. Exercise helps improve the function of liver enzymes.
WATER to detoxify: The core function of liver is to render harmless toxic chemicals that we take in through our food, water and air. As we all know, water plays a pivotal role in detoxifying the body. Hence, it is advised to consume at least 8-10 glasses of water every day to pump up the detoxification process.
FIVE fruits and vegetables rule: Have you ever asked your doctor how to determine if you are eating adequate fruits and vegetables? Well, here is the answer. Dr Rupali suggests a diet that has at least 5 fruits and vegetables (combined) in a day. It defines a healthy nutritious diet.
PROBIOTICS: There have been studies indicating a strong link between fatty liver and disordered intestinal function. Probiotics can help normalize the gut balance and flush out toxins from the body and ensure better circulation.
VITAMIN C and B: Vitamin C has healing properties and also helps in building immunity. Its cousin Vitamin B complex helps aid liver function.
PROTEIN: Protein majorly helps in regeneration of healthy liver cells.
FIBER and Mineral Rich: Your breakfast should be low in fat and rich in vitamins and minerals. You can have multi-grain cereal or diet rich in choker, bran and more.
DANDELION Tea: This is a tested remedy for liver disorders. It acts as a catalyst to mobilize stagnant bile from your liver.