Your liver is a complex and absolutely crucial body organ. A healthy liver regulates the composition of and removes toxins from the blood, processes many of the nutrients that it receives from your digestive system, and helps to break down alcohol and many drugs.
I’ve had professors call the liver “the hardest working organ” in the body.
But, there is a catch. This wonderful piece of machinery must be in proper shape to ensure all of these functions are completed efficiently and completely.
In today’s modern society, the liver is overworked and often times in pretty poor shape. That’s because it has to deal with:
- processed and fried foods
- alcohol binges
When the liver is not working at 100%, it can’t process fats and struggles to remove harmful liver toxins.
That being said, there are many natural and safe ways to cleanse and heal the liver. Outlined below are some of the most effective ways to accomplish a liver cleanse.
Cut The Alcohol
Alcohol and your liver are pretty much mortal enemies, as alcohol is immediately seen as a toxin to your body and your poor little liver has to expand substantial amounts of energy in order to metabolize it.
When your liver uses more energy than normal, it takes energy away from other vital life processes. This can leave your body feeling sluggish, fatigued and can lead to weight gain. So relax on the alcohol, and give your liver a rest.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
We all know drinking plenty of H20 a day is one of the most important things we do for our body, and that includes the liver.
It’s recommended to look for spring water as it contains natural minerals, so try and use spring or well water whenever possible. Regardless of the water source, it’s still crucial to drink enough water each and every day, and to drink BEFORE you start to get thirsty.
Once you start to feel thirsty, that means dehydration has already begun.
For a quick way to make water even more beneficial to your system, try adding lemon to your water. This helps to alkalize your body and they contain Vitamin C, which is essential in optimal immune system functioning.
Coffee, The Miracle Drink
Wake up to the wonderful smell of coffee. Research has shown that consuming coffee actually heals liver cirrhosis and can lower your risk of getting liver disease. Scientists aren’t sure exactly how drinking coffee helps to ward away liver damage, but the data shows it is a real effect. Caffeine has also been shown to boost your memory and alertness, so wake up early and brew yourself some coffee!
Garlic is one versatile little plant. It can reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, is known to be anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral, and it can also help cleanse your liver.
Garlic will activate liver enzymes and assists your body is clearing out toxins. Garlic is also high in allicin and selenium, two minerals that are great for healing your liver.
Tea is full of catechins, compounds in tea that is a potent natural antioxidant. These wonder molecules of nature have also been shown in studies to help the liver function at 100% by eliminating liver fat accumulation and promoting optimal liver functions.
Our list of the myriad of benefits green tea confers really puts it in perspective how powerful this drink can be.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Those beautiful and luscious vegetables you see in the produce section are good for more than just their looks – they are also great for your liver.
Vegetables such as:
- turnip greens
- mustard greens
and many others, are amazing heavy metal detoxers. Heavy metals detoxification is a tough process, so the fewer your liver has to deal with, the better.
In our society today most people have a large amount of heavy metals built up in their body, which can cause a variety of health effects. This means it is even more important that you go big on the healthy green vegetables!
Other great foods for your liver include walnuts, cabbage, artichoke, asparagus, kale and brussel sprouts.
If you follow the advice above and live a generally healthy lifestyle, you and your liver will benefit greatly. Your body will efficiently rid toxins and you will feel like a million bucks. So flush away the toxins with a big glass of water, ready you up a leafy green salad, and toast some coffee to a healthier you.
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