Food For a Liver Cleanse

Discussion in 'From Healthier Eating to Sports Nutrition' started by Eating Chicken, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Eating Chicken

    Eating Chicken New Member

    Middlesbrough, UK
    Ok so I recently viewed a YouTube video on cleaning the liver. It got me immensely interested in doing this. The creator gave a list of foods that are good for cleansing the liver. Namely:-

    Infused Water
    Bone Broth
    Chicken Liver
    Water Cress
    Raisens and Raisen Water
    Schizandra Berries
    Goji Berries
    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Lemon Juice

    I am a little overwhelmed concerning how to prepare these foods. Unless I become a raw foodist, then my liver cleanse could well be a no-go. The only thing I cook on a regular basis is a stir fry. My cooking expertise reaches as far and as deep as a student who has only just moved out of mum and dads house. But this is doable? Yes?

    After a couple of weeks or so of eating these nutrient-rich foods, apparently there's a process involving olive oil and salts that cleanse the liver. I have to say, when learning to cook I've noticed that I have more control concerning the nutrients I am getting. So with the health benefits I thought I might as well go all the way and do a liver cleanse also.

    If anyone is curious, this is the video:
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I'm going to ask you the obvious question! Why do you feel the need to 'cleanse' your liver?

    As I understand it, its not possible to 'cleanse' this organ. Any damage to the liver won't be sorted out by eating certain foods. The liver is one of the few organs which re-generates itself as long as its not too badly damaged. So, for example, if you have been a heavy drinker for years causing liver damage then stopping drinking alone will be enough to allow the liver to re-generate as long as you eat a sensible diet. This was the advice given to my partner by an NHS liver specialist.

    If you are a young and healthy then I doubt your liver is in any need of anything. If you have been drinking heavily, then abstaining from alcohol for a while would be the best thing you can do!
  3. Eating Chicken

    Eating Chicken New Member

    Middlesbrough, UK
    Well I've been an alcoholic and a heavy smoker for the past four to five years. Now...fair enough...smoking probably doesn't affect the liver too much, but still it can't be good. I've relied heavily on take-away foods such as indian curries, chinese munchie boxes, fried chicken burgers and nuggets and whatever else I cold have delivered to my house.

    The end result of a liver cleanse is to get rid of the gallstones. Once removed...this can drastically improve quality of life. Energy levels etc.
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    How do you know you have gall stones? Have you seen a doctor?
  6. Eating Chicken

    Eating Chicken New Member

    Middlesbrough, UK
    I don't know that I have gallstones, and I don't know for sure that my colon is rammed with waste and toxins to the degree that I am in desperate need of a cleanse. However, why take a chance? At least that's the way I feel about it.
  7. buckytom

    buckytom Über Member

    Cranberries are good for the liver.

    To get rid of gallstones, try a heaping tsp of powdered turmuric a day.
  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Well, you know, its unlikely you have gall stones unless you have specific symptoms - especially if you are a young person. If you have symptoms, your first port of call is the wonderful NHS.

    If you Google you will find masses of totally conflicting and confusing information about 'de-toxing'. A lot is written by people with no medical credentials and with no scientific proof of what they are saying. Some are trying to sell you a product. Others are simply quacks. There is no scientific evidence that de-toxing has any effect. And in any case - whose advice do you trust?

    If you are a re covering alcoholic, then you could be short of some minerals and vitamins. Your best bet is to visit your GP who can run blood tests to see if you are deficient. The minerals magnesium and potassium are commonly quite low in drinkers.
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  9. buckytom

    buckytom Über Member

    I'm not a doctor (though I watch a lot of TV :geek:), but I can say -at least in my instance, that the tsp of turmuric b.i.d. works on gallstones.

    Btw, if you have them, you'll know. The pain is intense. I first thought I swallowed broken glass.

    I was diagnosed with gallstones a few years ago, probably from a diet of extremely rich, fatty foods and lots and lots of alcohol. While I was scheduled to have the operation to remove them, I decided to try the Homeopathic remedy of turmuric. It worked! My doctor was shocked, and happily cancelled the operation after confirming everything was good with x-rays.

    Other than that, I can appreciate ypur thoughts on wanting to help clean up ypur liver after abusing alcohol. But like MG said, it'll fix itself in time if it's not already totally gone.Eat healthy, lots of fiber, and drink lots of water.

    I just hope you're not thinking that you can do a quick liver clean up in order just to pass a test, or to be able to go back to heavy drinking.

    Best of luck with it.
  10. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    I've regularly had turmeric, whether in meals or not, since I was about 5. Didn't stop me getting gallstones though.
  11. buckytom

    buckytom Über Member

    Maybe it's the huge dose that does the trick. A heaping tsp twice a day is tough to swallow.
  12. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    A couple of 12 oz Purple Haze should do the trick!:okay:
  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    What's that? Beer? That is a naughty suggestion. @Eating Chicken is a recovering alcoholic.
  14. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member

    SE Florida
    I didn't see where he said he was a recovering alcoholic.
  15. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA
    There are a lot of things on your list that would work great in a stir-fry. I'm surprised that another animal's liver (chicken) is actually considered a good thing to cleanse a human liver, but since it's the only meat on the list, throw it in the wok!

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