Liver is the largest internal organ of the body. It performs a critical function that makes you live a healthful life. It filters and cleanses the blood before it travels around your body.
Liver acts like a filter that removes harmful toxins and substances from anything your body consumes. It helps to regulate body metabolism and keeps other organs to function well.
Without a healthy liver (liver failure), you can only survive 24 - 48 hours when untreated. To avoid any kind of liver complications or failure, you must live a healthy lifestyle by getting good rest or sleep, exercise, getting the right diet and eating healthful foods.
For the foods, below are some of the healthful ones that you should really consume regularly.
Garlic and Onions
If you are a garlic and onion lover, I bet you are quite enjoying a good metabolism and bowel movement. Garlic and onion contains substances that aid the body (liver) in terms of detoxification and cleansing.
If you can get fresh extract of lemon, the better. Drink it with hot water first thing in the morning for detoxification.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. Very much true and applicable for your liver’s health. The substance called pectin that can be found mostly on apples helps the liver to flush out metals from the body like mercury.
Consuming ginger as a form of food or drink gives great liver benefits. It aids the liver to perform its function and it also gives other healthful benefits for you. It promotes good vocal chords (singing voice) as well.
Water is the best drink you should consume in a regular manner for your liver to function well. Without water/fluid in your body, detoxification and cleansing process won’t be complete.
Eating and drinking the above foods and drinks and avoiding some (like processed/fast foods, salty and MSG enhanced foods) can be truly beneficial for your liver and to your overall health as well.
Onions, ginger, tomatoes and garlic image by arvind grover via Flickr shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
Chopsuey is one of the most healthful dish anyone can eat. It’s pretty popular at Asian countries especially in China and Philippines.
Chopsuey is basically a mixture of different vegetables tossed along with minimal amount of pork, chicken or shrimp. The most common ingredient you can found at chopsuey dish are veggies like cabbage, carrots and snow peas.
This vegetable dish contains few amount of sauce that comes from the broth of the meat being used. The broth adds more color and flavor at this dish thus complementing the crunchy like characteristics of its half cooked veggies.
Here is a simple Filipino Chopsuey recipe that you can try at home.
2 carrots, cut in strips
1 cup snow peas with ends trimmed
1/2 cabbage, cut in 1/4 inch thick
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 medium sized red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 cup pre-boiled pork shoulder, sliced into strips
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup pork or shrimp broth
1 cup shrimps, shelled and deveined
1 Tbsp cornstarch (in 1/2 cup water)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
How To Cook Chopsuey:
1). Saute the garlic and onion in the cooking oil. Add the pork and shrimps and cook for 2 minutes.
2). Add the red and green bell peppers, snow peas and cauliflower, add few amount of fish sauce. Saute for 4 minutes.
3). Pour the pork stock. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
4). Pour in the shrimps. Stir lightly.
5). Pour in the cornstarch mixture (this will thicken your sauce).
6). Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust if necessary.
Enjoy your Chopsuey veggie dish. Best served with grilled fish along with steamed rice.
Chopsuey Image by Andrew Abogado shared via Flickr.