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10 Foods To Boost Your Liver Function

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, when out of balance, can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking.
A toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. It’s time to nurture this amazing organ with foods that help it function optimally.

Water-Glass

Water
Water plays a vital role in every bodily function. Other than oxygen, your body needs water more than any other substance, including food, just to survive. Your body uses water to flush toxins and waste products away from your body. Usually 8 to 10 glasses (8 oz) will do the trick; try these naturally flavored water recipes to start. Just don’t overdo it—too much water can be harmful, too.
And skip the ice when you’re drinking water between meals; your body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Garlic

Garlic
One of the oldest land-based medicinal foods on the planet, garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, a critical supporter of liver detoxification. It helps the organ rid your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen. It is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system, so you may want to ignore the smell when you chew it and enjoy the health benefits.chopped-onion

Onions and Leeks

Onion and leeks have multiple health benefits. These garlic relatives contain sulfur compounds that support your liver in its production of glutathione, a compound that neutralizes free radicals.

Egg salad

Eggs
Eggs provide some of the highest-quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, cholesterol, and the essential nutrient choline. Your liver needs these essential amino acids to perform detoxification processes. Choline, a coenzyme needed for metabolism, is found in egg yolk and protects your liver from toxins while detoxifying heavy metals.

Berries

The family of Beries such as; Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries are among nature’s superfoods because they contain phytochemicals—antioxidant-rich plant compounds that help your liver protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress, which have been linked to chronic diseases and aging. Anthocyanin and polyphenols found in berries have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver.

Apple

Apples
Apples, like berries, contain powerful phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, which can fight inflammatory disease. They also contain pectin, a valuable source of soluble fiber than can help eliminate toxic buildup.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed
A great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, freshly ground flaxseed helps regulate hormone levels.

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Coconut Oil
An extremely healthy saturated fat, coconut oil is easy to digest and is almost immediately broken down by enzymes in your saliva and gastric juices. This means that your body doesn’t need to make fat-digesting enzymes, which puts less strain on your liver.

Avocado

Avocado
A vital source of monounsaturated fat rich in oleic acid, avocados contain glutathione, an essential nutrient for liver health.
Half an Avocado contains 3.4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly

Ginger

Ginger
Ginger antioxidants possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Ginger supports detoxification by nourishing your liver, promoting circulation, unclogging blocked arteries, and lowering blood cholesterol by as much as 30%.

We should Bear in mind that most of the food we eat are chemically grown or preserved so regular body cleansing is a sure way to live healthy.

How To Grate And Store Ginger Juice

Ginger is an all- powerful plant. Studies have shown this spicy root can help reduce the pain of arthritis, treat motion sickness and relieve cold and flu symptoms.  So preparing fresh ginger at home is very simple and something anyone can master.

The simple trick that makes the process quick, easy is this;

  • Scrape the surface of the ginger with the edge of a spoon. The spoon will remove the skin but not the flesh .
  • Scratch the peeled root across the tines of a fork or use a grater, bits of ginger will  fall off into a neat pile
  • Squeeze out the ginger juice from the grated pieces into a small bowl.

If you find it difficult to get enough juice, a garlic press is perfect for squeezing the juice from the frozen gratings.

Here are things to know about storing ginger:

  • Fresh ginger will last about a week in the fridge.
  • Ginger can last about two months longer by storing it in the freezer but leave the skin on and wrap it tightly in tin foil or plastic wrap. This method  makes the root easier to peel; it is less stringy and the skin doesn’t need to be removed before using a grater or the fork-method .

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Zobo Drink (Home-Made)

Zobo drink is a Nigerian beverage made from dried Roselle plant flowers also called as Hibiscus flower.

Zobo drink is a veritable source of vitamin A. It is also recommended for hypertensive patients. Recent researches have confirmed the drink to be a good cure for diarrhoea and pneumonia. i enjoy making harbicous drink as it is my hubby’s favourite natural drink.

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash dried Zobo leaves properly in ordinary water to get rid of sand and particles.
  • Put the Zobo in a cooking pot and add moderate amount of water and allow to boil for about 25 minutes.
  • Bring down the pot and sieve the Zobo leave out, then put back the water content back to boil.
  • Add the grated ginger  (grate and squeeze ginger juice out and add to the Zobo content. You could also add pineapple peels  if you feel like and allow to boil for over 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow it to cool and sieve into a big bowl to remove residue.
  • Add sugar  when still hot and stir properly to taste
  • Add flavours, e.g, strawberry, pineapple, apple, orange and any other flavour used in baking. Put in bottles and chill immediately to prevent fermentation
  • Serve chilled. If too thick dilute with water before serving.