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Eat to treat your liver

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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.

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