Healthy Liver Diet
Do you want to have a healthy liver? Do you have a liver condition and need a healthy liver diet? Do you need to lose weight without colon cleansers, and other detox treatments?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one of the questions above, then the following healthy liver diet is for you.
Note: Be sure to consult you doctor before going on a weight loss diet.
Healthy Liver Diet Rules
First of all, if you have liver disease you probably already know that you have to be extra careful with choosing what you eat.
Low calorie diets or fasting is not for you.
You have to be sure to get the adequate amount of vitamins, minerals and protein in order to keep your liver function under control.
Therefore a healthy liver diet is not a fast weight loss approach. You will be losing about a pound a week (and just so you know a pound a week is an ideal weight loss speed even for those with healthy liver.)
Follow these eating guidelines to keep your liver happy and lose weight:
Food You Should Avoid
1. As many other weight loss diets, healthy liver diet does not allow anything fried, pan fried or even grilled.
The reason for that are the carcinogens, substances that are involved in the disruption of cellular metabolic processes, exacerbation of cancer or in the increase of its propagation.
They are extremely unhealthy and hence should be removed from your diet.
2. Avoid fatty foods, such as fatty meats, bacon, soft cheeses, and palm oil.
3. Go natural and organic.
Food additives and preservatives are hard to digest so you will take a big load off your liver by eliminating them from your diet. And organic foods will also keep your digestive system free of chemicals so you will not ever need colon cleansing therapy.
4. You may be surprised but certain vegetables are not that good for your liver.
Those are spinach, radish, onion, mushrooms and other hard to digest vegetables. You should try to cut back on these vegetables for the duration of this diet.
5.You probably already know that alcohol is one of the biggest liver enemies, so this is just a reminder to absolutely avoid it at all costs.
In addition, avoid any kind of soda water (carbonated drinks) as they upset your stomach and that can negatively affect your liver function.
6.Avoid processed foods such as hot dogs, cold cuts, frozen dinners, and snacks.
Include The Following Foods in You Diet:
1. Liver friendly sources of vitamins are olive oil and butter.
Make sure you get real butter and not margarine which is already prohibited in some countries
One tablespoon of olive oil or butter will supply you with vitamins A and D and be only good for your liver and your diet.
2. Oatmeal and other whole grain cereals.
They are ideal complex carbohydrate sources and you should eat plenty of those.
They are also a great source of B vitamins, phosphorus (a key element in all known forms of life) and many other vital nutrients.
3. While you should be careful with meat products, you may still eat lean chicken, turkey, veal, or fish once a day.
It is better to eat it unsalted and broiled or boiled.
4. Try to avoid egg yolks as they are relatively high in fat and cholesterol.
But you may still have an omelet (or two) a week made with only egg whites. They are an excellent source of protein and will be a good addition to your diet.
5. Make sure to include dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk and cottage cheese in your daily ration.
They are liver friendly and high in calcium.
6. Do not forget about fruits and vegetables as they are very important for a healthy liver functioning.
Eat more carrots, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, butternut, cauliflower, bananas, black currant, apples, pears and watermelon.
Aim for at least a pound of vegetables and fruits each day. They will provide you with a sufficient amount of daily vitamins, minerals and fiber.
7. Drink plenty of water.
You may also like freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices. Avoid black coffee, black or green tea, and juices from concentrates.
8. Last but not least remember to take your vitamins while you are on a weight loss diet.
Now that you know healthy liver diet rules and guielines lets move onto creating healthy liver diet menu.
Here is a sample menu that will give you an idea which direction to go:
Sample Healthy Liver Diet Menu
Breakfast – 1 cup of oatmeal or whole grain cereal with 1 cup of milk; 1 cup of herbal tea.
Snack – 1 cup of cottage cheese or yogurt, 1 baked apple, 1 glass of fresh juice.
Lunch – 1 plate of vegetable soup, 6 oz of lean chicken breast, 1 cup of fruit salad.
Snack – Cucumber salad with olive oil and fresh herbs, 1 slice of whole bran bread, 1 cup of tea.
Dinner – 1 baked potato, 6 oz of broiled fish, 1 small vegetable salad, 1 cup of rose hip tea.
Before Bed – 1 cup of plain yogurt, or buttermilk.
Do Not Forget To Exercise
And to complement your diet and help you lose weight with ease, do not forget to include moderate physical activity into your daily routine.
I do not suggest doing weight lifting or body building, but light exercises such as yoga, pilates, bicycling, jogging or swimming will be ideal for your health and weight loss.
As you can see losing weight is not that difficult after all even if you have a liver condition. Just make sure to consult your doctor before you begin your diet.
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