Porridge for a crook liver

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Daisy porridge is among varieties of "hepatic" porridge that help fix liver ailments. It cools an overheated liver, lowers blood pressure, and eases headache and dizziness, Dr Hoang Tuan Linh says.

The liver metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies what the body deems to be poisonous, and does a thousand other things as well. Its proper functioning is vital for good health, so any problem with the liver puts the body out of kilter and makes us surly and hot-tempered. It can also make women's periods irregular.

To fix liver ailments, Dr Hoang Tuan Linh recommends eating the following varieties of "hepatic" porridge.

- Celery porridge: Wash and thoroughly clean 150g of celery and cook it in a pot with two bowls of water for 15 minutes. Use the celery water to cook 100g of rice until it thickens, and season with salt. As it lowers the blood pressure, celery porridge should be eaten frequently by people with liver-related temperatures above normal that cause headaches, dizziness or giddiness.

- Spinach porridge: Wash and thoroughly clean 250g of rau chân vịt (spinach), dip it in near-boiling water and immediately remove, and cut up into medium-sized pieces. Cook 250g of rice in a pot of water for 30 minutes, add the spinach and continue cooking until the contents thicken. Season with salt. Spinach porridge is good for the liver generally, and benefits people with high blood pressure, anemia, dizziness or diabetes.

- Daisy porridge: Wash 15g of daisy flowers in water and cook in a pot with 100g rice, a little salt, and sufficient water over a high flame until it boils. Then turn down the heat and let the contents simmer until they thicken. Daisy porridge cools an overheated liver, lowers blood pressure, and eases headache and dizziness.

- White rose porridge: Cook 80g of rice in water until it turns the consistency of porridge, add 5g of white rose petals, and continue cooking for three minutes. Eat one bowl of the porridge per meal for five days to strengthen the liver and improve the appetite.

- Mulberry porridge: Wash 60g of fresh mulberries and cook them in a pot with 60g of rice, 10g of rock sugar and two bowls of water until it thickens. Mulberry porridge tones the liver and blood, rejuvenates eyesight, and eases dizziness, insomnia and tinnitus caused by weak liver or kidneys.

- Herbal porridge: Cook 10g of quyết minh tử (Cassia tora Linn, or wild senna) in a pot with two bowls of water for 20 minutes. Use herbal water to cook 60g of rice until it thickens, add and 10g of rock sugar. This porridge, which is suitable for people who have high blood pressure or high blood lipid levels, cools the liver, improves eyesight and eases constipation.

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