- The first and best recommendation to heal the liver is to eat less.
- The second recommendations includes the absence of alcohol.
- One should also reduce certain foods that have the most impact on the liver. These include foods high in saturated fat (cream, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat), oils (refined, rancid oil, shortening and margarines) except fresh, cold pressed olive oil, excess of nuts and seeds, chemicals in foods and water, all intoxicants and highly processed and refined foods.
- Consume small amount of turmeric, basil, cardamom, onions, cumin, fennel, horseradish and mint
- Increase the intake of raw foods such as sprouted grains, beans and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits as they stimulate the liver.
- Indulge in foods that harmonize the liver. These are foods that are sweet in nature, including whole grains, vegetables and legumes.
- Bitter and sour foods reduce the excess of the liver (e.g. apple cider, brown rice vinegar, asparagus, amaranth, quinoa, alfalfa, dandelion, milk thistle.
- Foods that detoxify and cool the liver include mug beans and their sprouts, seaweeds, kelp in particular, lettuce, cucumber, watercress, millet, plum, mushrooms, radish, spirulina, grapes, blackberries, balckstrap molasses.
- Foods which accelerate liver rejuvenation include cereal grasses such as barley grass or wheat grass. They can be purchased in powder form in health foods stores. Combine 1 tsp with water and drink daily.
Besides diet, it is important to identify the underlying root cause of all diseases.Regardless of diet, emotions themselves when driven by the desire of greed, anger or resentment greatly damage the liver function. Unresolved emotional issues are also stored physically as residues of excess in the liver. It is therefore essential to improve the diet alongside emotional patterns.
Pitchford, P. (2002). Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition (3rd ed). Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.