The liver cleanses the body of all the poisons that infiltrate it daily, including fat, cholesterol alcohol drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational), artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, airborne pollutants, and poisons in the water and food. The liver is your toxic waste disposal plant. While the liver’s ability to deal with these toxins is extraordinary, once the limits of its function are exceeded, these toxins accumulate in the liver and cause disease. However, the liver has the remarkable ability to restore itself. Diets rich in antioxidants and low in fats and chemical toxicity promote the regeneration of the liver. Vegetable foods that are rich in beta-carotene and vitamins C and E are particularly healing to the liver. Using nutritious herbs to flush out these toxins, before damage occurs, is a vital step to health.
Dandelion root heads the list of excellent foods for the liver. It has been used for centuries to treat jaundice, the yellowing of the skin that occurs as a result of a seriously malfunctioning liver. The leaves are a diuretic, meaning that they help flush excess water from the body. Dandelion is a storehouse of nutrition. It is a natural source of sodium, calcium and potassium. It has some iron, phosphorus, nickel, copper and zinc. Everyone knows how great carrots are for the eyes because they have 1,275 units of vitamin A per ounce, however, most people don’t know that dandelions have 7,000 units of vitamin A per ounce, besides a lot of the vitamins B, C, E, and some G.
The whole dandelion is edible and should be eaten not only as a survival food, but should be used as a tonic food. The leaves should be eaten in spring and fall salads to tone up the body or in green drinks all year around. The root is the part that is used in most herbal preparations.
For centuries, the dandelion has been a great liver cleanser and a blood purifier and an aid to kidney problems. Dandelion is used in the LIVER SUPPORT formula and KIDNEY SUPPORT formula. This is an all natural herbal formula and is designed to detoxify and flush the liver.
Following is a list of herbs contained in the formula:
MILK THISTLE UVA URSI
PLANTAIN BLUE FLAG
BURDOCK BEET JUICE
The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet
Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegan diet? Both meal plans have made headlines for their health benefits in recent years and while they are similar, there are some key differences: Vegan diets eliminate all animal products, while plant-based diets do not necessarily eliminate animal products, but focus on eating mostly plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
What is a vegan diet?
“With a vegan diet, you eliminate all animal products, including dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs and honey,” says, Dr. Farid Zarif a bariatric medicine nutritionist, founder of Rhythmic Ingestion, author of "Slaves of the Tongue".
Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons. While going vegan can have health benefits, there are some pitfalls to avoid.
“Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy,” he says. “If you’re vegan, you can still technically eat vegan cookies, potato chips and other vegan junk food, which can be high in calories and low in nutrients. I recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible.”
What is a plant-based diet?
Plant-based diets also emphasize eating whole foods, meaning the food has undergone little – if any – processing and is as close to its natural state as possible.
Plant-based foods include:
Whole grains (quinoa, farro, barley, oatmeal)
Plant-based oils (avocado, olive, canola)
What is the right meal plan for you?
“Regardless of what meal plan you choose, everyone’s diet should ideally consist of 50 percent vegetables,” says Dr. Zarif. “Fruit is healthy too, but I like to focus on vegetables because they have less sugar.”
When building your plate, aim for:
50 percent vegetables
25 percent whole grains
25 percent lean protein
“If you are not eating meat or other animal proteins like eggs, try beans or quinoa for plant-based protein,” he says.
Adding healthy fats – such as avocado oil when roasting veggies, a sprinkle of slivered almonds on your oatmeal or sliced avocado on your salad – will help you feel full for longer. And healthy fats have numerous other health benefits.
When to talk to your doctor about your diet
“It’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor to get a basic framework for what a healthy diet should look like for you, particularly if you have an underlying health condition or have had weight loss surgery, which can affect how your body processes nutrients,” says Dr. Zarif. “For example, if you have diabetes and want to eat healthily, be sure to eat small portions, not to exceed 2 servings”.
Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat many animal products, she recommends asking your doctor to check your B vitamin levels.
“B12 deficiency is common in vegans because it’s a nutrient that we need to know more about, along with its varying sources,” he explains. “If you don’t consume many animal products, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.”
Calcium is another important nutrient that can be hard to get when you don’t eat dairy products. Dr. Zarif recommends eating and drinking calcium-fortified plant-based milk (like almond milk) or other calcium-fortified foods.
“If you’re not getting three servings of calcium-rich foods each day, ask your doctor about adding a supplement,” he says. “Try to get at least some calcium from your diet because taking too many calcium supplements can cause adverse side effects.”
Is a vegan or plant-based diet healthy?
If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains, you should still get a good chunk of your daily vitamins and minerals because plant-based foods are high in many nutrients.
“If you’re going to follow a vegan or plant-based diet, think through it carefully and plan out your meals,” says Dr. Zarif. “You don’t necessarily have to go vegan to be healthy – plant-based is a good option for people who struggle with consistency and planning. If you are going to commit to a vegan diet, make a plan and be consistent about incorporating all the healthy food groups, including plant-based protein, so you don’t miss out on nutrients.”