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With summer almost here, many of us are trying to get rid of the residual effects of “lockdown liver”, such as dry skin, poor digestion, stubborn Covid kilos, bloating and fatigue. Nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge share her tops tips for reintroducing your liver to the idea of living well again.

Sprinkle some turmeric – as well as giving turmeric its colour, the compound curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that make it hepatoprotective – aka a liver protector. Grate turmeric into casseroles, soups, stir-fries or milk for a nourishing latte.

Enjoy the coffee – Emerging research shows that modest coffee consumption may help reduce liver inflammation and increase the body’s production of glutathione, an important antioxidant that neutralises harmful free-radicals.

Add more garlic – An enzyme in garlic called alliinase has been found to help detox the liver and protect against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Potency of this health promoting compound is reduced by heat, so crush garlic to activate it before cooking.

Avoid alcohol – Alcohol has been one of the biggest health pitfalls of the pandemic. Take a break from booze and let your liver resotre its biological function, and get back to being your body’s metabolic powerhouse.

Go nuts – Packed with amino acids, good fats and antioxidant vitamin E, nutrient-dense nuts are the ultimate liver-friendly snack, and can help protect against NAFLD.

Lead the why – One of the primary proteins in dairy products, whey stimulates the liver’s synthesis of glutathione, which assists in the removal of toxic substances, while also boosting immune system function.

Eat…Yes, really – People often think a liver cleanse means dieting and eating like a bird, but this isn’t the case. In fact, eating varied diet of fruit, veg clean protein, good fats and whole grains provides the body with the antioxidants it needs for healthy liver function and help prevent NAFLD.

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