According to Livestrong.com, "Since the liver plays such a large role in our body's functions, eating food to support it is critical."
That's for a normal health maintenance type of situation. Proactive healing of the liver will take at least 2 years to complete, according to this blog.
Cirrhosis of the liver is also a term being thrown around in regards to dear old mum. "To overcome these problems, drugs can only play a limited role that is mostly concerned with the control of symptoms. To treat the underlying causes we need to turn to the power of nutritional medicine."
Several sites have mentioned the harmfulness of artificial sweeteners to the liver as well as fatty meats. Both are regulars in mom's diet. Seems we need to boost her intake of fresh raw fruits and veggies for cleansing and easily assimilated, bioavailable, simple proteins. Bleeding Esophageal Varices, a symptom of advanced liver disease, caused the ammonia problem in the first place; increased roughage would probably irritate that problem. Which brings me to juice...because I'm kinda juice obsessed at the moment.
With fresh veggie juice, higher doses of diverse micronutrients can be absorbed quicker. A juice fast with limited fruits would be optimal to keep blood sugar under control. Kale has relatively high protein, which also helps stabilize blood sugar, and is an excellent cleanser. Thankfully it is the perfect season to go into a juice fast and I can use all my first hand experience to help.
For example, we stopped by the Land o Lakes Produce Market again today and grabbed a huge pile of veggies for about $30. I've been behind on my juicing and my craving was re-inspired by Mom's situation. These juicing pics show about one tenth of the produce we bought. If you take out the fruit, I estimate $30 would pay for about a week's worth of veg easily, or $4ish per day.
|Beets, Lemon, Celery, and Cabbage were on several Liver Detox lists.|
|4 stalks celery, 1 whole beet, 2 peppers, half a small cabbage, 1 whole lemon, and bunch of cilantro.|
|All those veggies in about 3 glasses worth- took me about 30 minutes to drink casually.|
Aside from raw veg, onions, garlic and red peppers are all highly beneficial to the liver and retain a lot of those properties when cooked (sulfur, for example). Cooked garlic and onions can make almost any veggie taste better and add a bunch of dimension. I'm tempted to go on the diet along with her for moral support...IF she would even consider drinking some beet juice every day.