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How Do I Detox My Liver? And Why Would You Detox Your Liver?

The number one question I am asked at the end of summer (and every major holiday season!) is: "How do I Detox my Liver?" even though we may not know why we need to do this, somehow we all have an instinctual understanding that our liver working at its best is really important for us.

Question 1 - How do I know I need to Detox my Liver?

The best way is to listen to your body - you could be feeling the following:
  • Sluggishness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Irregular digestion
  • Pain in your right side
  • Skin discoloration
 

Question 2 - How does Detoxing my Liver make me feel more energised or better?

Well, your liver is responsible for breaking down anything that could harm or poison the body. It is constantly in use which keeps it under a large amount of stress.  So whenever it' working well your whole body is working well. Look at the things your liver does every day:
  • Removing toxins from the blood
  • Converting lactate into energy
  • Metabolizing of alcohol
  • Producing and excreting bile
  • Destroying old blood cells
  • Activating enzymes
  • Regulating protein, carbohydrate and fat in the blood
  • Detoxifying the blood
  • Storing vitamins, minerals and glycogen

 

Question 3 - What Foods Cleanse the Liver?

 

1. Garlic - Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that helps your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.



2. Grapefruit - High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increasea the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.


3. Beets and Carrots - Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.


4. Green Tea - This liver-loving beverage is chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet. Learn more about the benefits of green tea.


5. Leafy Green Vegetables - One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability tonuetralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver. Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.


6. Avocados - This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten regularly.


7. Apples - High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.


8. Olive Oil - Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.


9. Whole Grains - Grains, such as brown rice, are rich in B-complex vitamins, nutrients known to improve overall fat metabolization, liver function and liver decongestion. If possible, do not eat foods withwhite flour, instead try eating whole wheat alternatives.


10. Cruciferous Vegetables - Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which significantly lowers our risk of cancer.


11. Lemons & Limes - These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of the vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic material into substance that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.


12. Walnuts - Holding high amount of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acidswhich support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.


13. Cabbage - Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.


14. Turmeric - The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.

I hope I've persuaded you that detoxing your liver is a really good idea. In fact I recommend that you should do a liver rest and detox 2 - 3 days each and every month.

 

Now we'll go back to the question of How do I detox my Liver?

I have created a full plan in this ebook with recipes, hints and advice on how to do the best liver detox. It takes you step by step into how to detox your liver, when to do the detox, and even what to do after a detox to keep your liver ticking over beautifully.

 


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