Eat to treat your liver
A healthy liver should contain little or no fat. If too much fat builds up, the fatty liver tissue can become inflamed and the liver cells can be damaged and destroyed. ‘Almost two thirds of us are overweight or obese – a major factor in the rise of non-alcoholic related fatty liver disease (NAFLD),’ says Prof Ryder. If you’re diagnosed with NAFLD or NASH (non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis), losing weight and eating a healthy diet is usually a first line of treatment. ‘There is evidence that losing 10% of body weight can control and, in some cases, reverse the condition,’ says Professor Ryder.
There are also a wealth of liverloving foods that could help, according to clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer from feelaliveuk.com.
ENJOY THE BRASSICAS
This family of vegetables, including kale, cabbage, broccoli and pak choi contain key nutrients to maintain liver function, including isothiocyanates, which support phase I and II liver detoxification. Phase I is the body’s first line of defence against toxic substances – toxins are converted to less harmful substances. Phase II neutralises the toxic by-products of phase I and removes them.
EAT SULPHUR-RICH FOODS
Garlic, onions, leeks and chives. The sulphur attracts heavy metals and other toxins and assists with the safe transportation out of your body.
THE GOLDEN SPICE
AKA, turmeric. ‘This helps promote bile production, which reduces the risk of a fatty liver, encourages detoxification and aids repair and regeneration,’ says Suzie.