My liver enzimes are higher than average. I was told that this is due to inflammation of the liver and that vinegar will help me decrease them. What foods will help me normalize/reduce my liver inflamation?
Diet for a Healthy Liver
Meal Size. Eat moderate-sized meals, and avoid overeating. Eating causes a certain amount of stress to the liver. As part of the digestive system, the liver must process all nutrients (and nonnutrients) derived from food. Overeating places added stress on the liver by making it work overtime to get the job done. Everyday meals shouldn't make you feel as though you've just finished Thanksgiving dinner.
Try eating your largest meal at lunchtime and a lighter meal for dinner. This will reduce the amount of work the liver has to do while you sleep. The sleep hours are when the body can concentrate on healing. During these "healing hours" the less work your body has to do, the more it can recover from its daily stresses.
Fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of nutrients, including antioxidants, phytochemicals, and carotenoids, that can be beneficial to both general health and liver health. The greater the variety of fruits and vegetables you consume, the more disease-fighting nutrients you will absorb. Certain fruits and vegetables can aid in both the Phase I and II detoxification processes. Spinach, tomatoes, and beets contain antioxidants, B vitamins, and carotenoids that enhance the efficiency of Phase I detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower contain natural sulfur compounds that aid in the efficiency of Phase II detoxification. Green beans help to keep cell membranes (including liver cells) healthy. Shiitake mushrooms have antiviral properties and protect the liver. All mushrooms have strong immune-boosting effects are especially good for fighting HCV. Carrots, by way of their antioxidant and enzymatic properties, also offer protection to the liver. Try adding artichokes to your salad to benefit from their liver-protecting ability.
Fats. Although fats are a good energy source, they are difficult for the liver to process, and the total fat in your diet should be moderate. Avoid fried foods and any foods that are very fatty. A Big Mac and large order of fries would definitely fall into the list of foods to avoid. Concentrate instead on eating the "good" types of fat found in coldwater fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, flounder, trout, and mackerel. Avocados and certain nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, flaxseeds (or oil), pumpkin seeds, and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) also contain these good fats, which are beneficial to liver regeneration.
It is always best to grill, broil, or bake your foods. Certain oils are better than others for cooking. The two best are canola oil, which contains omega-3 fats, and olive oil, which contains monounsaturated fats. Whenever possible, use cold-pressed oils, that is, oils processed at cooler temperatures. Heat processing produces trans fats, which can be harmful to both your liver and your cardiovascular system. Cold-pressed oils may be difficult to find, however, and are often more expensive. Whatever oil you use in cooking, cold-pressed or not, use it sparingly. And when looking to top that whole-grain toast in the morning, try using hummus or olive oil for a spread instead of margarine or butter.
Refined sugars. It is best to avoid refined, processed foods like cakes, cookies, white bread, and pasta, which can lower enzyme activity and add stress to the liver. These kinds of food turn into sugar very easily and contain trans fats that suppress important prostaglandins that protect the liver by reducing inflammation. Instead, introduce whole grains into your diet by eating brown rice, millet, amaranth, quinoa, and whole-grain breads and cereals. These less processed foods reduce stress on the liver.
Protein. Consume lean sources of protein like beans, nuts and seeds, fish, and white-meat chicken and turkey. Avoid fatty meats like sausage, salami, pepperoni, bacon, and hot dogs. Eggs too are a good source of protein. They supply B vitamins and sulfur-containing compounds, which help both Phase I and Phase II detoxification.
Other foods. To help maintain liver health, try using garlic when preparing meals. Garlic contains methionine, which is necessary for detoxification, and also contains selenium, which is an antioxidant that plays a role in Phase I detoxification. Garlic is also beneficial due to its allycin content and is especially good for the liver that has been assaulted by HCV. Just don't get too close to anyone right after eating!
Wheat germ also helps with detoxification due to its vitamin E and selenium content.
Bitter foods are helpful to the liver. Endive, lemons, dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, and quinoa are all bitter foods that may help remove toxins from the liver.
Barley leaf and barley grass contain chlorophyll, which acts as a liver cleanser.
Drinking hot water and lemon in the morning can help to stimulate digestion. For a drink that will aid in liver detoxification, try blending a whole lemon (yes, pits, rind, and all) with 8 ounces of water or citrus juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You will need to strain the concoction before drinking it. And don't forget to cut that lemon into pieces before placing it in the blender.
Take Milk Thistle daily, 1000mg. Wallymart has it for a bout $6 a bottle. It WILL lower your enzymes.
Milk thistle tablets are great, a good healthy diet is important too as mentioned above...
an apple a day! is what i recommend. I too have liver inflammation, and it is worsened when I eat junk foods like take out. Sometimes it is terrible and excruciating, but after I eat an apple, with a MT tablet, or a salad, or something healthy, it feels like there is a cool soothing sensation, like somebody put some healin salve on my liver. It is quite releiving. I highly recommend a good diet - basically this is everything at the bottom of the food pyramid... grains, fruits and veges. I'm currently doing a raw detox diet. Raw foods are better - it's helping me a lot.
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