You can survive with only one kidney, without a spleen, a gallbladder or even a stomach. But you cannot live without your liver, the largest organ of the body. Yes, it is an important one. It has over 500 functions, including filtering what circulates in the body. Everything you put in your mouth needs to pass through the liver, where toxins are neutralized and nutrients are metabolized. It is time to detox your liver with these 4 easy steps
When your liver is too busy filtering the invaders, you can have different symptoms like tiredness, weight gain, cramps on your right side (where the liver is), headaches, acne and poor digestion. In his book “How Not To Die”, Doctor Michael Greger revels that “about 60 000 Americans die of liver disease every year. The most common causes are from drinks and food: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”
Working in detox centers, I frequently meet people that are in need of a good liver detox. Well, that’s what they say they need. What they actually need is to let their liver rest a little bit. Regularly, I hear things like:
“Holidays were insane this year! What’s your best liver flush program?”
If you are coming from an unhealthy lifestyle, a liver detox can be unsafe and can cause discomfort. Before attempting to do a liver flush program, you should know that there are natural and easier ways to free your liver from the accumulation of toxins. If you follow my 4 steps to detox your liver, you will see a major difference in your overall health.
1. No more alcohol
The media loves to tell us that one glass of wine per day is healthy. Because grapes are packed with antioxidants like Resveratrol, we are told that it is actually unhealthy NOT to drink alcohol. What a load of crap! Forget about what you heard, alcohol is and will always be a poison. Yes, antioxidants are present in the wine. They come from the grapes. So, eat grapes!! Alcohol is a toxin filtered by your liver, and it requires a lot of energy to be eliminated from your blood. After being off the booze for a while, you will feel the difference when you have a drink. You will be able to feel your liver working! It’s like an instant hangover!
2. Drink a lot of water
Water is the largest component of most body parts. We are made of approximately 60% of it. Water transports nutrients, assists in flushing waste products and provides essential minerals. It is an important tool to detox your liver (or any other organ in the body).
– Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
– Add the juice of a lemon to your water for the antioxidant and diuretic properties of the vitamin C.
– Choose high-quality water like spring water, not chlorinated tap water. If you do not have access to a good source of water, check with your city if it is safe to drink the tap water and if they use fluoride. Buy a filtration system to get rid of the chlorine and other toxic particles.
3. Treat yourself with the best food
If you want to detox your liver, you have to stop intoxicating it with non-organic food. Pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers are poisonous to your liver. Choose fresh and organic foods like leafy green vegetables, cruciferous, roots, legumes, and fruits. They contain more essential nutrients than non-organic and processed foods.
To prevent fat build-up in liver cells, the best foods are berries, grapes, plums, red cabbage and red onions. To stop liver cancer cell growth, cranberries won the contest.
Here is Micheal Greger’s “pink juice” recipe, an alternative to commercial cranberry juices:
– 1 handful of cranberries
– 2 cups of water
– 8 teaspoons of erythritol (A natural low-calorie sweetener)
Blend and serve.
4. Choose your fats wisely
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease starts with the accumulation of fat deposits in the liver. Then, it is the fat, cholesterol and sugar cocktail that does it. But wait, not all fat affects the liver the same way. Avoid all trans fat and saturated fat from processed foods, meat, eggs and dairy. Eat healthy unsaturated fat from whole plant foods, like avocados, olives, nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts) and seeds (pumpkin, chia, hemp, sunflower, flax). Avoid all oils; even the ones you think are healthy. They are just concentrated fat with no other nutrient.