You Should Love Your Liver Health

Liver Health

You Should Love Your Liver and It Will Love You

Detox and Diets should play a major role in your life in order to protect your liver and enhance your health. The word DETOX and DIETS are huge right now.  Dr. Hiromi Shinya, the world renowned Japanese Gastroenterologist, said that “the true health is determined by how healthy your GUT is”.  There are thousands of DIETs and DETOX ways to choose from, BUT perhaps you didn’t realize it already that the golden key to detoxing is right inside you – it’s the one organ you probably never even think of: your liver.

The liver is one of the most incredible organs in the body, responsible for hundreds of functions that keep us alive and well. It’s also the major detox center (alongside your kidneys, lungs, intestinal tract and skin), clearing the body of toxins that can enter through food, drink or the environment.  How often do you think twice about taking care of this organ or cleaning and detoxing your liver.  Unfortunately, many of us pick lifestyle choices that can damage this vital organ, and many of us are developing fat deposits in our livers. This causes nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases and it makes your liver works even harder to do its everyday job- DETOXIFYING.

According to several hepatologist doctors at Cleveland Clinic, about 30% of Americans may have the disease, which can leads to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, and subsequent liver transplantations.  It’s never too late to give your liver a new START.  You can start eating food that are good for your liver or you can try Dr. J’s Natural – Simple Detox (www.DrJsNatural.com) which has the 5 natural botanicals that will work hard to detox your liver within 5 days.  Some of the foods that are good for your liver that you can start putting in your kitchen are:

Blueberries- high anthocyanin (a compound that gives color and benefit to foods that are red, purple and blue) It is also an effective therapy against a fat laden liver.  You can put frozen wild blueberries into your yogurt, smoothies, or oatmeal.

Curry powder- another word- Curcumin is the active chemical that are found in curry powders.  Get your spice on with curry powder!!!  Thousands of studies have found that curcumin is a super food for our most underappreciated organ.

Edamame- this soy rocks when it comes to keeping your liver in tiptop condition.  Adding soy protein to your diet may help to alleviate  stress and damage to a liver where fat accumulation has occurred.  Soy can also help to reduce the effects of diabetes on the liver as well.  Next time you decide to eat at a Sushi restaurant then order your Edamame as an appetizer.

Eggs- eggs have so much mixed good and bad reviews that you don’t know what to do with all the information.  I have reviewed so many clinical studies and the final verdict is GOOD.  Eggs have been described as the perfect food, packing ample vitamins and minerals in a tiny 80-calorie egg shaped package. They are perfect for the liver as well; however, should not paired with the high-fat diet due to a lack of choline (a B vitamin found in high amounts in eggs, fish, beef and chicken) which may make fatty liver disease worse.  Another study found that being deficient in choline could alter microbes in the gut, exacerbating fatty liver disease.

Olive oil- olive oil is a central component in the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to be one of the best diets for keeping the liver happy, as well as good for your overall health.  A 2015 study found that this mighty oil could protect livers from oxidative stress as well.

Salmon- A study in 2014 by several nutritionists at Oregon State University found that dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fat, was effective in boosting liver health by protecting cells from the negative effects of a Western diet.  Salmon is loaded with omega-3s and comes with another liver-loving component: vitamin D.  Researchers found that vitamin D deficiencies may increase risk of liver disease.

Coffee- Believe it or not that cup of coffee can help boost liver health by lowering levels of abnormal liver enzymes.  A morning cup may also reduce the risk of mortality for liver cirrhosis and help fight cancer.  Not a coffee drinker? No problem; green tea has also been associated with keeping the liver healthy.

What should you do if you want to maintain and keep your liver at bay?  Take a daily dose of probiotics as a remedy for a damaged liver.  Yogurt is a good source of probiotic with live and active cultures, as well as in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and tempeh.  In addition to these food choice and supplements that are great for the liver such as milk thistle and curcumin, getting regular exercise, keeping alcohol to a minimum or none at all if you have existing liver disease and being careful with over the counter medications such as NSAIDS like acetaminophen will do wonders for this hard working organ.

Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen

Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen

Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen is a distinguished Clinical Pharmacist who graduated from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy (USC) in May 1998. From working as a pharmacist for over a decade, she has learned that a successful clinical pharmacist needs to have certain essential attributes: attention to detail, genuine care for patients, the ability to understand a patient’s desires, the experience and continuing education to care for a patient’s overall health and an uncompromising commitment to stay abreast with cutting-edge medical treatments and alternative natural treatments to help patients.