Simple Yet Effective Home Remedies for Liver Detox
Among all of the parts in our body, our liver is probably the organ that suffers the most when we fail to take care of what we eat and how we live our daily lives. Not only is it affected when we go on an unhealthy, fatty and nutritionless diet, but it also gets “beaten up” when we chose to live an unhealthy lifestyle.
Yes, you can detox your liver
It is never too late to start to detoxify your body and your liver and start to live healthy and fit. You don’t even need to go to experts or doctors just to start your “back to health” journey. All it takes is your full determination and knowing the right food and lifestyle to match with it.
Detoxifying your liver is not as complex as you think it is. You just need to focus on two major factors that runs your life. First is how, what and how much you eat. The next is how you live your life each day and how you go about your daily activities. If you want to become toxin free and healthy once again, below is a list of some pointers that you need to take note of.
Change the Way You See and Consume Food
Like what was previously mentioned, food plays a very vital role in your liver detoxification process. Because whatever we eat, drink and digest will be processed and broken down in none other than our liver. So you need to pay more particular attention to what you eat from here on out.
Another reason why food is the first factor that you need to consider is because it is easier to alter and revise. In addition choosing what food to eat causes a major impact to our liver if not meticulously picked. So here are the natural methods of detoxifying your liver with the help of whatever you ingest.
Increase your water intake
If you want to successfully detoxify your body, you need to consume a lot of water. If possible, try to drink more than ten glasses a day. In fact, others have a goal of “drinking as much water as you can each hour” regardless of how many glasses they have consumed. As long as they are fully hydrated every hour, they will do so and it worked wonders for them.
You can also boost up your water therapy by following these simple steps. These can help not only our re hydration but also how your body will detoxify your liver:
- Choose alkaline or spring water-Having a high alkaline leveled water helps to upboost your body’s response to detoxification. Spring water on the other hand has tons of minerals and nutrients that will aid in the detoxification process.
- Use water filtration devices-Using tried and tested water filtration devices can help your drinking water become healthier. It will aid in eliminating carbon and chlorine content in drinking water.
- Add a touch of lemon in your water-A good boost of vitamin C in your water will help increase the alkaline level of the water. It will also give out its cleansing function and Vitamin C content.
Eat the right kind of fat
Fat should not and must not be removed from your diet because it plays a vital part in your body’s energy formation. Without it, our liver will have a harder time functioning properly and will cause a delay in its detoxification workload.
Eat the right food that are rich in “good fats”. Some examples include almonds, walnuts, avocado, pumpkin, coconut, chia and hemp. Avoid the “bad fats” that are usually seen in animal fats and vegetable oils like corn oil and soy oil.
Tweak your diet
Now that you know what to eat, you can start adjusting your diet plan and meals. You need to think of focusing your food sources that aims to help with liver detoxification. Here are some helpful “need to know” ideas before you plan your next detox meal:
- Focus to go on an all-out organic food, no junk food, alcohol free diet– Choose food that are naturally harvested rather than shelf-shelf ready. Do not be tempted to buy junk food or fast food and try to spare some time to create homemade meals and snacks. Finally, cut alcoholic beverages from your life because it “poisons” your liver.
- Remove toxins from your meals-Remove items in your food that has a non-organic origin. Examples of these are preservatives, food and flavor enhancers, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and many more.
- Choose Potassium rich food-Having a meal rich in potassium will further enhance your liver’s detoxifying function. Try to add some sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beets, beans (kidney beans, lima beans and white beans), spinach and banana.
Boost on veggie juice
Vegetables are a great source of antioxidants and has a natural cleansing effect to your body. Mixing a couple of veggies into a juicer can give you a total of four to five different servings of nutritional contents in one glass.
It can also be easily digested along with the toxins that the vegetables were able to cleanse out our digestive and circulatory system because of its natural fiber content. So next time you think of making a juice, try mixing some cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, ginger, carrots, beets and broccoli into one serving.
To add more flavor to your juice, you can add a touch of citrus fruits. Having these fruits in your juice does not only make it tastier, but also makes it a more potent detoxifier because of its high vitamin content and acidity.
Add liver detoxifying booster food
Asides from tweaking your diet into the right type for your liver, you need to add several “liver aiding” food to further enhance its detoxifying abilities. Here are some good examples of liver friendly food and their effects:
- Garlic-It activates the liver enzymes and has a high amount of allicin and selenium that will aid in liver cleansing and flushing out liver toxins.
- Citrus– Citrus fruits are very rich is Vitamin B and antioxidants which increases the liver’s cleansing abilities.
- Beets and carrots-These two vegetables helps our liver’s overall function and support its stimulation because of its high beta carotene levels.
- Green Leafy Vegetables-Regardless if it is cooked or raw, green vegetables work wonders for our liver due to its high chlorophyll content that absorbs the toxins found in our blood stream.
- Turmeric-Turmeric is a very potent spice that has many health benefits. For our liver, its function is to increase its detoxifying capabilities.
- Apple-Apples are rich in pectin and malic aid that not only removes toxins in our bodies but also excess and unwanted cholesterol.
- Green Tea-Green teas are rich in antioxidants called catechins which assist your liver from functioning properly and effectively.
- Grains-Trade your whole wheat, flour and other grains to more liver friendly grains. These includes the likes of quinoa, buckwheat and millet. These grains are more effective fiber cleansers.
- Walnuts-Walnuts are not only rich in arginine (an amino acid) but it is also has a high level of glutathione and omega 3 in it. These two are good candidates for their liver cleansing properties.
Change Your Lifestyle
The second stage of your “detox journey” is the harder part and that is changing your lifestyle. By lifestyle, I mean everything bad that you usually and intentionally do that causes harm to your liver. Let us all be honest, even though we know for a fact that what we do or eat can be dangerous to our health, we still do or eat it.
Stopping something that you have grown accustomed to is a very difficult task to feat. But it is not impossible to overcome. This time around, you need perseverance and a load of discipline in order to make it work. Listed below are the most common faults and vices that we do that can greatly damage our liver. Halting these vices can help stop our liver from deteriorating and weakening.
Some researchers say that red wine is healthy for the body because of is antioxidant features. Plus, there are many other so called “health benefits” that we can get from other alcohol beverages. But what they lack to tell us is that regardless of how “healthy” this beverage is endorsed, it does not exclude that fact that an alcoholic beverage is a toxin “in any form.”
Even if they say that a ‘light” beer has a very minimal alcoholic level, it still has alcohol in it. What alcohol does to the liver is that it forces the liver to work overtime just to get rid of the alcohol toxins that our bodies have ingested. Cut yourself from all alcoholic intake and let your liver rest.
Avoid night outs
In order to fully be on hiatus with alcohol, remove everything related to it. Because it can tempt you to drink again. This includes those late night outs that involves alcohol.
Another addition to those night outs is eating way past your bedtime. It is a bad choice to take if you want your body to become healthy again. Our body’s natural time for digestion and absorption only works until seven in the evening. Therefore, anything that you eat afterwards will directly be converted into excess fats that can damage your liver.
Smoking causes liver diseases that when not stopped can lead to liver cirrhosis. Its nicotine content is very dangerous and can damage each and every part of your body. So stop early before it’s too late.
Your body, like you, gets tired from working the whole day as well. This includes your liver too. Having adequate rest will allow your body to revitalize and regenerate its energy in order to work properly the following day. Do not deprive yourself from your well-deserved sleep.
Choose the right supplement boosters
There are a lot of natural supplements out there in the market but not all of them can particularly target liver care and health. So best to choose supplements that focuses on caring, strengthening and assist in liver care and function.
Example of these natural supplements are those with contents of turmeric, vitamin B and selenium. These supplements helps the metabolic substance absorption of our body. Herbal supplements such as teas with artichokes, turmeric or thistle extracts help cleanse the liver from unwanted toxins.
Start a 24 hour liver cleanse a week early before you go on your new healthy diet.
When you are finally able to remove the aforementioned vices and you are finally getting the ideal lifestyle you need, your next step is to detoxify your body. You will need a “detox flush” before you introduce the diet you have planned for a healthier liver.
The reason for doing this is to prepare your body and make it as toxin free as possible. So that when the new set of diet is introduced to your body, it will have minimal to no trace of toxins that can ruin your “liver detoxification regime”. Do these following steps at least a week (basically for seven days straight) prior to your detox diet start date:
1. Eat liver detoxifying food.
Star to familiarize yourself with liver friendly food such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, beets and citrus fruits. Add these to your daily meal and work your way to shifting your meals to a healthier version.
2.No preserved, processed or instant food allowed.
It is extremely important to stay clear from junk food, processed food, instant food or any type of food that is readily made or easy to cook. Remember that these type of food are jam packed with preservatives, refined sugar and all the things that we need to stay away from.
3. Go green, Juice up and choose organic food
Nothing beats going organic and fresh. Take time to plan your meals and make them. Try your best to choose organic and fresh produce instead of those instant ones. It will consume time as you prepare and make it, but the end result will all be worth your effort and time.
It is never too late to choose to become healthy and staying that way from here on end. Just remember that being in good physical shape takes a lot of time, dedication and patience. But the end result will be beneficial for your and how you go about your daily life. Always keep in mind that being healthy takes a holistic approach so do not focus on just changing your diet. Make further plans to change your lifestyle and adjust it accordingly so that you can have a full 360 shift into becoming the healthiest you that you can be.