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Which Foods Can Heal Your Liver?

Alcoholism is extremely hard on the body, and your liver takes the brunt of the damage.  In recovery, our healing process is from the inside out, and this includes our body. From here on out, we need to be gentle, kind, and loving to ourselves. We are our own best friend, so treat yourself well, and enjoy your journey in recovery. If you want to give your body a kickstart, the following are some of the best liver-friendly foods to include in your diet:

  1. Oatmeal – Foods that are high in fiber help your liver function better than those that aren’t. Plus, they help with weight loss, and losing stubborn belly fat.
  2. Broccoli – Dark veggies also have a lot of fiber and other nutrients that your body craves. Studies suggest that crunchy food helps battle nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, so imagine what it can do when you’re on the rebound!
  3. Coffee – For you caffeine lovers, drinking 2-3 cups a day is said to protect your liver from alcohol damage and unhealthy eating habits. It may also lower the risk of liver cancer.
  4. Green Tea – Green tea is loaded with a type of antioxidant called catechins. Catechins may protect against various types of cancer, including liver. Hot tea has more of the antioxidant, but if cold is your thing, drink away.
  5. Water – Water is the elixir of life, and not only does it help flush away toxins, but it helps you maintain your weight, easing the burden on your liver.
  6. Almonds – Nuts in general, are high in vitamin E, which helps protect against fatty liver disease. Almonds are especially high in the nutrient, and have added heart and weight benefits.
  7. Spinach – Leafy greens are your body’s best friend (aside from you). They contain the antioxidant, glutathione which helps keep your liver running like a well-oiled engine.
  8. Blueberries – Playfully referred to as “power pellets,” blueberries contain nutrients called polyphenols that help protect against fatty liver disease. Dark chocolate, plums, and olives are also loaded with the nutrients.
  9. Herbs & Spices – The above aren’t the only foods with polyphenols. Try sprinkling oregano, sage, and rosemary on foods, which can also help you lower salt intake. Cinnamon, cumin, and curry are also tasty additions to help spice up your menu.

Learning how to eat well is an enjoyable part of recovery. If you can’t stop drinking or using, call us. The Serenity Recovery Center will help you change your life so that you, too, can enjoy all the wonderful things recovery has to offer. You are not alone in this. All you need is a willingness to change, and we can do the rest together. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 844-339-6964. You can do this, your life can change, and you can recover.