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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Love and Look After Your Liver ... with these sIx culinary medicine tips !

I came across an article written by Lisa Mase who is a culinary medicine educator and found it an interesting read, I hope you do to!

Lisa writes:
"Ready for a dose of sour and bitter flavours? I was born and raised in Italy, where bitterness is a crucial part of every meal. From bitter alkaloids in olive oil to the tangy dandelion greens and radicchio that we toss into a salad, bitter and sour flavours abound. 

I grew up cooking with the Mediterranean Diet and learning that these flavours that challenge the palate are essential for liver rejuvenation. 

The liver is our body's main recycling station. It re-purposes all our bile and prepares it to break down food and digest fat in the small intestine. Among its many roles, the liver activates digestive enzymes and stores the glycogen necessary for digesting and assimilating carbohydrates. 

It is crucial to take care of our livers in order to maintain strong digestion and healthy skin. After a winter of eating foods that are rich and nutrient-dense (like meat, nut butter, and dairy) this season of renewal offers the perfect opportunity to simplify the diet, enjoy more vegetables, and focus on bitter and sour foods that support the liver's natural detoxification process. 



Focus on these bitter and sour foods to love your liver and support a gentle cleansing process:

Artichokes 
Artichokes help with the digestion of fat; balance overly acidic stomach conditions; strengthen vision, bones, and joints with magnesium, calcium and vitamin C. They contain cynarin, a plant compound that supports healthy bile production in the liver.
Burdock 
Burdock is a milky root that’s cooling and tonic. It relieves dry skin, strengthens hair follicles, stimulates appetite, and cleanses the liver. Peel it, rinse it, chop it and sauté it as you would a carrot. It is also delicious simmered in soup.
Purple/Red Cabbage 
Red cabbage also known as purple cabbage contains polyphenols, cancer-preventive phytonutrients. It's packed with Vitamins. A & C to boost immunity and rich in glucosinolates to reduce inflammation and help heal stomach ulcers. Its bitter and sour flavours come forward in the form of sauerkraut, which has the added digestive benefit of being probiotic. Look for sauerkraut with only cabbage, salt, and water as ingredients.
Dandelion Root 
Dandelion root helps cleanse the liver and digestive system, improves elimination, and relieves gassiness, especially in the spring. Peel and chop two tablespoons of root per pint of soup stock or sauté it with tempeh for an earthy breakfast. It's also excellent as tea.
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens like collards and kale are rich in folic acid and calcium. They contain glucosinolates, which support liver detoxification and nourish the gut flora with their prebiotic compounds. They are high in fibre to promote healthy elimination and prevent estrogen excess. All Brassica family plants (including broccoli and cabbage) provide 85% of daily fibre intake in 200 calories (about 5 servings); support the body’s detoxification and anti-inflammatory systems; help protect the health of our stomach lining by preventing bacterial overgrowth of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which causes digestive disturbances such as IBS & colitis.

Lemon 
Lemons - this fruit is high in vitamin C to promote liver detoxification and support overall immunity. Its essential oils show promise in keeping cancer cells from proliferating. The hallmark of the sour flavour, lemons are diuretic and encourage the liver to flush accumulated toxins. Try drinking a glass of room temperature water with 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice in the morning."



I have added a few more links, that weren't in Lisa's original article, that may be of further interest to readers. You can find Lisa's original article here

You will find a variety of articles, and recipe ideas, are within this blog, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

31 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Lots of the foods she recommends are among my favourites. I like a bit of astringency.

Tom said...

...well, I enjoy and eat red cabbage, dark leafy greens and lemons!

William Kendall said...

My mother from time to time would make red cabbage dishes.

Lisabella Russo said...

Wonderful suggestions and ideas, thank you!

happyone said...

I do enjoy red cabbage and eat lots of spinach.
Didn't know they were good for my liver!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great goodies. I love purple cabbage and should maybe start adding some to my salads. It is always delicious sauteed with olive oil.

CJ Kennedy said...

Great article

peppylady (Dora) said...

Never thought of purple cabbage with liver.
Coffee is on

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I eat a cabbage salad everyday, Jan, at lunchtime. I need to buy some purple cabbage. I also drink lemon water every morning, as a liver detox. I add a shake of hot sauce to it. Thanks for the other recommendations for a healthy liver. I’m glad I also add avocado to my salad.

Lee said...

I've not heard of burdoch before, as far as I am aware.

Yesterday, I was given a pile of lemons and grapefruit by neighbours up at the end of this lane. I love my citrus and have a load of oranges and mandarins. I buy oranges by the bag. My cabin is presently like a citrus orchard! :)

Susan Kane said...

Dandelion root? Why not..that makes sense.

I eat many of your list (minus dandelion). thanks for your info posts, I enjoy them.

Chatty Crone said...

Dandelion root - interesting.

Iris Flavia said...

I´ll sure take the advice, thank you!

Valerie-Jael said...

All good foods! Valerie

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Interesting as always.
We eat red cabbage in coleslaw.

Sami said...

Great article Jan.

Jo said...

The only think I eat on a regular basis from that list is dark leafy greens.

mxtodis123 said...

I love red cabbage with apples. Yummy.

Ygraine said...

Brilliant advice here...I think so many of us never spare a thought for our poor liver!
I have made a note of these and will try to include them in my daily diet.
Thank you so much!😊😊

Hugs.

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks for such an informative post. :-)

Greetings from London.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awww, we're having sausage and cabbage today at lunch.

Carol Blackburn said...

Food is not only fuel but medicine as well. Great post!

Sally said...

Great post, Jan. We like all kinds of greens (collards being one). I've never really liked lemons except in glass of tea. I see now though the benefits, and will get some at the grocery today.

Thank you as always. :)

Lorrie said...

I do enjoy a bit of bitter taste in my food. Lemon juice is a great way to brighten up many dishes. Nice to know that it's all doing my liver good!

This N That said...

Thanks..good info...Have a great weekend..

Sue said...

Well I love red cabbage and lemons so I'm happy to look after my liver xx

Pam said...

Yum.....my liver is what got me in trouble and had to have weight loss surgery, well it was the fat around the liver. Everything looks good.

mamasmercantile said...

Its nice to know that red cabbage is doing so much good, its one of our favourites.

Teresa said...

Todas las coles me gustan y también los limones. Besitos.

baili said...

this is precious write up my friend
my husband survived from Hepatitis few years back and i find this information worth knowing
thanks again

Magic Love Crow said...

Great article! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!