Recently evidence suggests that people with Gilbert’s syndrome may show increased toxicity compared to unaffected individuals following use of medications which are metabolised by glucuronidation in the liver. This has been reported with some anti-cancer agents and also with paracetamol, where they may be more prone to toxicity after paracetamol overdose.
The liver fortifying diet:
Cut down on the alcohol, salt, caffeine, tobacco, medication, sugar, and fat and stock up on these goodies. Your liver will love you.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins C and E and minerals zinc and selenium are ‘antioxidants’ shown to aid liver healing. Sources include carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watercress, citrus fruits, berries, wholegrains seeds and oils.
B vitamins and choline are found in egg yolks, liver, legumes and brewer’s yeast and can help liver function. Make sure your diet contains plenty of green leafy veg rich in folic acid, wholegrains and shellfish rich in vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 foods such as fortified cereals, seafood and seaweed.
Members of the cabbage family have been shown to activate the liver’s cytochrome P450 detoxification process and glutathione conjugation. In plain English – a process that converts fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble ones, more easy for your body to get rid of.
Try include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, radish, brussel sprouts and cabbage in your diet.
Sulphur rich foods.
Garlic, onions, eggs and legumes are rich in sulphur. They can enhance the sulphuration detoxification process performed by the liver.
You should add red fruits, berries, beetroot, and grapes to your diet, as these all help the liver to detoxify and are high in toxin fighting anthrocyanidines. Papayas and pineapple contain useful enzymes to improve digestion and lemons have a strong cleansing effect.
Milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric and liquorice have all been shown to aid liver function. Ginger is also an excellent cleanser.
The liver needs protein to repair itself, and a diet high in protein gives some people with Gilbert’s Syndrome more energy. Choose healthy alternatives to red meat such as fish, nuts, pulses and seeds as they are easier to break down and place less of a burden on your liver.
Once your liver has removed the toxins from your body, you must flush them out of your body. The only way to do this is to drink lots of water. Three pints or eight glasses a day minimum! Although you may find this no problem as some sufferers have expressed how thirsty they seem these days.
Do you find a side of effect of your GS is itchy skin? A lot of us experience it. One suggestion why this might happen is that your skin, as the bodies 2nd largest detoxification organ after your liver, is trying to help your ailing liver in the detox process. Here’s a couple of tips that might help – 1) Skin brushing before your morning shower or bath helps to stimulate circulation and encourage detoxification. Brush towards your heart using firm strokes. 2) If you’ve over indulged and your liver is struggling, swapping your morning-after coffee with a cup of nettle or dandelion tea will replace lost minerals and support your liver’s detoxification process.
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One in 20 people may have Gilbert’s Syndrome (or possibly more), but only one in three of those will be aware of it, and less than one in three will have any symptoms at all. Most people who have it are men. Sometimes called Gilbert’s Disease, it is not in fact a disease.
Most Doctors use standard reference information that tells them to tell you that Gilbert’s Syndrome is harmless. However, information from scientific studies illustrates that you may experience a number of symptoms, including the most common one of jaundice, and that you need to be aware of certain chemicals, including prescription medication, that you are less able to cope with.
This website offers those with Gilbert’s Syndrome, and their family and friends, as well as the medical profession, further information from published scientific research and shared information from hundreds and thousands of individuals who have Gilbert’s Syndrome.
I hope it helps us all live better with Gilbert’s Syndrome.
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