The liver, the body’s largest solid organ, is responsible for detoxifying many of the potentially harmful substances that can pollute the body.
The liver also plays a critical role in many other body processes including energy production, digestion, and nutrient storage.
The cornerstone of any liver-friendly programme is a diet that makes relatively light work for this organ. The diet should contain an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Not only do these foods tend not to tax and stress the liver, they also contain an abundance of nutrients such as vitamin C and carotenoids (e.g. beta-carotene) which can support liver function.
Organic produce is best as this is relatively free of potentially toxic herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
Foods that contain artificial additives such as sweeteners, colourings, flavourings and preservatives should be also be minimised in the diet.
Drinking plenty of water (about one and-a-half to two litres a day) should also help to reduce toxicity in your body and help take the load off your liver.
In addition, you might also benefit from taking something to ‘strengthen’ your liver. Perhaps most widely used as a general liver tonic is the herb Milk thistle. This herb has a traditional use that dates back more than 2000 years.
The herb contains a complex of bioflavonoid molecules known collectively as silymarin. Silymarin appears to have the ability to protect the liver cells by reducing the take-up and enhancing the removal of harmful toxins.Try 200 mg of standardised extract of Milk thistle, twice a day, throughout the festive season.