It is difficult to pay attention to specific body parts if there is no indication that you need to.

If you are over forty, drink alcohol on a regular basis, have a poor diet of soda, coffee and fast foods, this is the time for you to be kind and give more gentle attention to your liver. One of the first signs that you need to do this is indicated by belly fat. Belly fat is really your liver screaming for better attention, even though you are feeling no pain …

One way to give the liver better attention is to feed it the kinds of food that will support its many functions in metabolism, the process by which food is turned into energy to maintain life.

An “improve my liver diet attitude” will give you the enthusiasm to give more attention to your diet and have a substitute drink for alcohol a major obstacle to a healthy liver.

Also, this is going to give you a chance to overhaul your eating habits, because it is dangerous and painful to the body to age with poor eating habits. This gives you a chance to get more out of your life like spending more time with your grand – children, than at your doctor's office.

Start with breakfast and make this the meal where you get a major load of dietary fiber. This means that you will always strive to choose bread with 4-5 grams of fiber, by reading bread labels. Decide to drop your white bread habit, since it is not fiber dense … and add high fiber cereals. This is the front line move to improved liver function.

Cinnamon spice is a powerful detoxifier. It is found in some teas, or can be added to recipes as a flavor enhancer. Have cinnamon tea with breakfast.

Eat protein rich foods such as eggs primarily for the yolks that contain sulfur. Sulfur is needed to improve the ability of the liver to detoxify substances such as medication and environmental toxins that enter the organ as part of the digestive process.

Consider adding to your diet, on a daily basis, green leafy vegetables like kale, and other cruciferous veggies. Include bokchoy, spinach and yellow vegetables like carrots and butternut squash on a weekly basis. Cruciferous vegetables like cage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts are easy to prepare – just steam or microwave and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. These foods contain antioxidants that support the job of the liver.

These are a good source of antioxidants and beta carotene that will enhance the ability of the liver to function at top rate and speed up chemical reactions necessary for excellent health.

With a new habit to cook and eat greens such as kale, and brussel sprouts, and fruit on a daily basis the health of your liver will definitely go up a notch or 2.

Make a ritual of creating a fruit smoothie with orange juice and fruit of your choice everyday as a snack. Pick fruits like cherries, strawberries, grapes and yellow fruits like mangos, cantaloupe and peaches. This will give your liver a wide variety of antioxidant support every day.

Get a recipe for hummus and make it a regular snack to replace a snack such as white bread sandwiches. One of the main ingredients in hummus is tahini also known as sesame butter, which protects liver cells from the dangers of alcohol.

If you take the time to accommodate your liver and make these small changes you will lose interest in alcohol and sodas. These are low nutrient drinks for the liver, and you can be assured you will never hear these words from your doctor – the test revealed – you have liver cancer – a fate that happened to one of my very close friends.