Cirrhosis of the liver is a question that was sent in by a listener of the show. As with any disease, your doctor will follow you first, and there are ways to support it with food.
First, where does cirrhosis come from? Essentially it’s scarring of liver from Hepatitis B or C, hereditary disorders of iron or copper overload, liver diseases caused by an overactive immune system, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease which I’ve talked about in EAT THIS with Lianne with my colleague Dr Brockenshire in episode 73 or drinking too much alcohol.
The focus is to lessen the burden on the liver and help its healing and regeneration, to whatever level it is capable of.
Eating the most antioxidant-rich foods; berries, colourful peppers, beets, spices of turmeric, curry and add herbs to anything. Dark green leafy veggies of any kind but in particular, dandelion leaves wilted with protein-rich eggs or fish, onions and garlic. All that I just wrote are especially good for the liver. Make salad dressings with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and eat as much organic as possible. It lessens the chemical burden for your liver to detoxify.
Eliminate as much sugar, refined and processed food as possible, and that includes fruit juices as they are very high in fructose. Water is your BFF along with some herb teas like milk thistle tea, ginger tea, dandelion root and turmeric tea at will too.
Get into the superfoods that include spirulina, chlorella, and wheatgrass. Some of these are in my Kid Boost Superfood powder that I’d recommend you take daily. Check out episode 109 about my supplements for more on that.
Homemade food, following more of a Mediterranean diet and going organic is all best-case scenarios, for all of us, but especially those focused on healing.
Monitoring sodium and the recommendations - it’s easy to blow through it.
Jamie looks at carbs and fat - what else should he be looking at. And what about the salt shaker? If you’re craving salt - zinc deficiency or super stressed in burnout.
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