Many people I know who have high cholesterol get very careful about the amount of fat they are eating and in many cases they almost go on a fat free diet to get their LDLs ( bad cholesterol ) under control , but yet after doing several such things they are not able to get their unbalanced cholesterol readings under control . A course of action which we all take is that if the cholesterol is high In the blood we stop eating foods containing fats or oils , if the sugar is high we replace sugar with an artificial sugar substitute . All these actions only help in managing the problem 50% and not more !
The reason is that we need to understand the body function and work along with it because all said and done body is not a box where you put in calories and remove substances and calories .
Liver has been given a lot of importance in all alternative system of medicines due to its vast range of functions which include maintaining the glow and complexion of your face , the hormones in the body , ensuring that the body throws out excess cholesterol , sugar etc from its system.
Since in this column we shall look at the how liver helps the cholesterol come down , we need to know how the cholesterol goes up and the role of liver in it.
Liver is the seat of digestion and all food after partial digestion from the intestine comes to the liver for further metabolism and assimilation .If the liver is good one has the digestive power to digest any food , but if the liver becomes weak then even the slightest of extra eating gives rise to many problems .There has been researches where the they have studied populations in Africa who have red meat everyday , with no problems with their cholesterol and the African-Americans living in cities getting high cholesterol just eating red meat few days a week . The difference is due to the fact , that the liver of the second group faces a onslaught of food containing chemicals and pesticides , large quantities of alcohol , lack of healthy exercise and stress of living in a metro .
Now that we have figured that just by eating a low cholesterol diet it may not be the cure for reducing cholesterol in the blood , the next step is to detoxify and strengthen the liver .
There are two aspects to liver health – the first is not eating or eating less of substances which have the potential to harm the liver , which may include alcohol , too many pain killers , or medications without the doctors knowledge or supervision , foods containing too many chemicals and junk foods .the second is giving those foods and tonics to the liver which will lead to liver health , such substances are ———–
- Aloe vera juice 2 tablespoons daily
- Amla juice , one amla a day
- Vegetable juice containing seasonal vegetables
- Fresh leafy vegetables soup like spinach soup etc
- Citrus fruits like oranges , sweet lime , lemons
- Barley water
- Brown rice
- Coconut water
These are only few of the things which impact the liver , there are several more things which one can do to improve the liver functioning and also manage several liver problems .