7 Foods That Boost Liver Health

The liver controls over 500 functions in the body and is a key part of your digestive system. Everything that you eat, drink or swallow (including medicine) has to go through the liver.

Since the liver plays such a vital role in the body, a healthy liver is crucial to your overall health. It regulates the production and storage of fats and sugars, and produces proteins, enzymes and hormones to keep our body functioning. It also plays an important role in the detoxification of chemicals and other infectious organisms that might affect your immune system.

Several factors can damage the "health" of one's liver, such as taking cholesterol-lowering medications, excessive use of acetaminophen, consuming excessive alcohol and hepatitis—and that's in addition to a poor diet.

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By making a conscious choice to put good foods into your body, you can learn to keep your liver functioning at optimal levels. Here are seven diet tips that will cleanse your liver and get your health back on track.

Avoid Fried Food

Part of being good to your body involves putting less harmful foods into your system. If you put less toxins in, your liver doesn't need to work as hard to get those toxins out.

Drink Less Alcohol

While red wine may have some great health properties, excessive alcohol consumption is quite damaging to the liver. It can even cause medical conditions like fatty liver and cirrhosis.

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Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables and fruits are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and water. The pigments in plants are filled with phyto (plant) nutrients, which are important antioxidants.

Add Glutathione to Your Diet

Glutathione is a compound made up of three amino acids: glutamate, cysteine and lysine. It's thought to be beneficial to liver health and functions as a potent antioxidant. Glutathione is found in foods like avocados, spinach, garlic, asparagus, melons, grapefruit, strawberries, peaches and walnuts.

Glutathione levels vary throughout the day, so another way to increase levels in the body is to consider a supplement that contains glutathione. You can look for Setria Glutathione as a branded ingredient in supplements.

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