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Like it or not, throughout our lives we all encounter toxins. If you eat whole foods, organic diet, and stay away from chemicals, your exposure is less than for the average American eating a processed food diet filled with artificial ingredient and unhealthy ingredients, and using chemical-filled conventional hygiene, beauty, and household products. However, with pollution and so on, we are all exposed to toxins at some level and have been throughout our lives.
A liver cleanse is a great way to help your body get rid of toxins through the liver.
In this article, you will learn what the liver is, signs of a compromised liver, ways to support your liver, and recipes and tips to cleanse your liver.
Your liver is your hardest working organs constantly working on detoxifying the blood, breaking down hormones, helping the body to store essential minerals and vitamins and to produce bile for fat digestion. An optimal liver function helps optimal digestion.
Essential functions of the liver include (1)
An unhealthy liver can lead to health problems and liver disease. Cirrhosis is a serious health condition of the liver that occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy cells, continues to grow, and compromises the liver’s ability to function properly. It can even lead to liver failure in the long run.
When people think about liver problems, they often think it is due to alcoholism causing alcohol-induced cirrhosis. However, cirrhosis can develop due to many factors, not just alcohol, including (2):
Risks Associated with a Compromised Liver (3)
There are many signs of having a compromised liver that may benefit from a liver cleanse, including:
While under normal circumstances, the liver can do its job of cleansing on its own, in our modern world filled with toxins, it needs some help. You can especially benefit from a liver cleanse if you’ve been eating an unhealthy diet, have been using conventional products, have been exposed to other environmental toxins, or simply feel that your health is sluggish.
Cleansing your liver is not a one-time event. While you may benefit from a 24-hour or a couple day long specific liver cleanse regimen, eating a liver-cleansing and liver supporting diet is important every day. You cannot accept your liver to make up for a year of abuse within a day of cleansing, after all, you need to support it daily so it can promote health and well-being effectively.
Cleansing your liver to boost your health is relatively simple. All you need to do is to follow these 4 steps.
Removed processed foods from your diet. Refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients, and additives are not your friends. They are highly inflammatory that compromise your liver function, gut health, immune system, and overall health. Lunch meats, fast food, convenience foods, and sugary snacks are only some examples of these products. If it is processed, remove it.
Replace them with whole foods, including greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes. If you eat animal products, choose grass-fed, free-range, and organic. Always choose organic to avoid toxic chemicals.
Drinking green juice is one of the best ways to add a large number of nutrients to your cells without much effort and time. One glass can hold 4 -5 servings of veggies your body needs. Some vegetables that are particularly beneficial for your liver include cabbage, beets, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumber, and greens. Don’t forget about your veggies outside of juicing either, eat plenty of salads, cooked veggies, and green smoothies.
Your liver needs potassium-rich foods. Potassium also supports your cardiovascular health, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, muscle recovery, and exercise performance. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, sweet potatoes, beet greens, spinach, beans, black molasses, and tomato sauce.
Certain herbs and supplements can really help your liver function. Milk thistle can help to detox from heavy metals, environmental pollutants, alcohol, and prescription medication. Turmeric can help with inflammation, pain, liver metabolism, and blood sugar balance. Dandelion has a natural diuretic effect that helps to cleanse. Burdock root can help to cleanse the blood. (4, 5)
While cleansing and supporting your liver should be happening every single day, you may benefit from a strict 24-hour liver cleanse sipping this liver detox drink throughout the day.
The week leading up to this cleanse eat mainly liver-supporting foods, including citrus, beets, apples, celery, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts. Avoid all processed foods, refined sugar, refined carbohydrates, gluten, animal products, as well as, any chemicals and environmental toxins during this time.
During this cleanse, try this Liver Detox Drink. You can drink it in the morning, or if you are ready for a serious cleanse, do a 24-hour liver cleanse when you are consuming only this drink.
During these 24 hours, drink a minimum of 72 ounces of this drink and 72 ounces of water.
The days after the liver cleanse by eating only liver-supporting foods and removing all potential toxins.
Directions for 72 ounces:
I cannot emphasize it enough how important it is to support your liver every single day.
This amazing liver supporting juice can be part of your regular diet you can drink daily or at least 1 – 2 times a week. To mix up the flavor, use different greens daily, and experiment by adding a carrot to the recipe.
This liver detox salad should also become a regular part of your diet. Eat it 1 to 2 times a day. Being a salad, you can always experiment by adding or removing ingredients and using different dressings such as various vinegar, tahini, and lemon juice.
If you are looking for a gentle liver cleanse, drink the Liver Supporting Juice for breakfast, lunch, and snack (2 – 4 glasses a day) and eat this Liver Detox Salad for dinner throughout the cleanse. This gentle cleanse can last from 1 to 7 days.
Yes, it can reduce inflammation of the liver.
Beets, grapefruit, cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumber, and greens
Eat whole foods mostly plant-based diet with liver supporting foods. Remove processed foods and other toxins.
Vitamin C, E, B vitamins, zinc, and selenium; B-vitamins
milk thistle, dandelion root, ginger
Remember, protecting your liver daily is important. You can do this through a healthy diet following simple steps and eating delicious recipes.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.