Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Food for the liver January 15, 2009

With all the junk we eat these days our liver gets overtaxed. Our liver is suppose to extract all the fat almondssoluble toxins that our kidneys can not handle. When we eat a lot of processed food (fast food, chips, cookies, cakes, frozen meals) our liver gets over worked and isn’t able to extract the toxins from the body, therefore, the fat stores within its own tissue.

 

Below are a few liver supporting foods that we should add to our daily diets:

 

         kidney beans

         raw almonds

         peas

         soybeans

         raw salads with fresh vegetables

         fruits

         leafy green vegetables

 

Next time it is 2pm in the afternoon and you want to reach for that mid afternoon snack reach for some raw almonds or some fresh fruit and a large glass of water. Water is also known to flush out toxins and cleanse the liver. Enjoy!!

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Fiber January 8, 2009

Do you know how much fiber you consume a day? Did you know that your daily fiber intake should be between 20-30g a day? Most Americans today don’t even consume half of that.

 

If your fiber intake is low I urge you to add more fiber to your diet. Fiber does a body good for many reasons. Fiber is known to fight diseases and help prevent many others such as heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation and other intestinal problems.  Fiber also helps control diabetes and reduces risk of diverticulosis. Fiber also prevents us from over eating because it adds bulk to our diet, therefore, it helps us feel full longer.

 

So what foods have fiber in them? Here are just a few below.

          beans

          peas

          apples

          blackberries

          avocados

          oat bran

          oatmeal

          corn

          broccoli (cooked)

          lentils

          pears

          lima beans

 

One thing to think about is that when we had fiber to our diets we also need to make sure we drink more water. Fiber binds with water and causes the body to eliminate more water. If we increase our fiber intake we also need to increase our water intake to prevent dehydration.

 

Lastly, there are supplements out there, but it is way better and to get your fiber from food. Supplements cause us to miss out on important nutrients we get from food.

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