Treat your Liver Right
The liver is a very important organ. It is the second largest organ in the body and is located on the right side, under the rib cage.
The liver turns food and drinks into energy and nutrients for the body. It also filters out harmful substances from the blood.
Here is a list of the best and worst foods for your liver.
Best foods for your liver
- Oatmeal. High fiber foods such as oatmeal can help your liver work well. Plus, eating high fiber foods can help with weight loss, which helps keep the liver disease at bay.
- Broccoli. While veggies in general help keep your liver healthy, there are studies that suggest that broccoli helps to protect from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Coffee. This may be a controversial one. Studies have shown that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can actually protect your liver from the damage of too much alcohol or fatty foods. Ideally, though you should cut back on the alcohol and fatty foods rather than try to fix the effects of coffee.
- Green tea. Filled with antioxidants, one such being catechins. It has been shown in research that catechins may play a role in preventing cancer, including liver cancer. Drink hot for maximum benefit!
Worst foods for your liver
- Fries and burgers and other foods high in saturated fat make it hard for your liver to do its job. Over time, the high-fat food can lead to inflammation, which in turn leads to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).
- Sugar: The liver converts sugar into fat. By eating too much sugar, it leads to the liver producing too much fat. The fat then sits around in the liver, the long term effect being fatty liver disease.
- Alcohol. It is well known that excess alcohol can lead to liver disease. Too much drinking leads to cirrhosis of the liver. If you must drink, keep it to one a day (women) and two a day (men).