6 Ways to Detoxify Your Liver Naturally

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11.9.2021 0 comments

Your liver does SO MUCH work keeping toxins and harmful chemicals from damaging your body.

Your digestive system serves as the first line of defense to protect against bacteria, germs, and microbes that could cause you harm. Unfortunately, the digestive system isn’t perfect, so some toxins—such as alcohol, drugs, and chemicals in the food—do slip past and get into your bloodstream. That’s when it’s up to your liver to filter your blood and get rid of anything harmful. [1]

Over time, toxins can build up in your liver, causing inflammation and damage. If the toxins remain in your liver and stop it from fully healing, it can lead to more serious toxic liver damage.

The good news is that you don’t need to let it go that far! A detox diet can help you get rid of the toxins from your liver, enabling it to repair and restore itself to full function.

Now, we need to be perfectly clear: there is a great deal of mixed opinion and research on whether or not they truly work. For example, one review [2] said, “a handful of clinical studies have shown that commercial detox diets enhance liver detoxification and eliminate persistent organic pollutants from the body, although these studies are hampered by flawed methodologies and small sample sizes. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that certain foods…have detoxification properties, although the majority of these studies have been performed in animals.”

That being said, taking a few simple measures to purge toxins from your body and generally improve your overall wellness is never a waste of time or effort.

We’re not going to advocate for any liver detox product here. Instead, we’re going to share some easy, natural ways you can detoxify your liver without going through the dramatic “detox diet” or “cleanse purge”.

All it takes is a few simple steps:

Step 1: Cut alcohol from your diet for 6 weeks. That’s not impossible, right? Just 6 weeks without drinking. Alcohol is one of the most toxic substances for your liver and can cause a great deal of damage. Giving your liver a break from alcohol for 6 weeks can allow the liver to regenerate itself and heal from the toxicity of alcohol (unless a permanent scarring has occurred).

Step 2: Drink more water. Also a pretty easy one! Water will help to flush toxins from your liver and bloodstream, acting as a natural diuretic to eliminate waste products via your urine. Aim to drink 3-5 liters of water per day for the 30-day no-alcohol period and your liver will thank you. Warm water may enhance digestion and promote better lymphatic system function, both of which help to keep your liver healthy.

Step 3: Eat better. Cut back on fried and unhealthy fat foods, and instead focus on eating organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, lean proteins, and minimally processed oils (such as virgin coconut or olive oil). And make sure to get more fiber! Fiber plays a huge role in preventing toxins from being absorbed into your bloodstream and purging existing toxins to protect your liver.

Try to eat more liver-friendly foods, too, including [3] almonds, leafy greens, green tea, beets, salmon, lentils, fermented foods, citrus fruits, berries, and artichokes. Asparagus, raw spinach, and avocado all help your body to produce more glutathione, an antioxidant that binds with toxins and flushes them from your liver.

Support your healthier eating habits by adding turmeric to your meals. Turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that can decrease oxidative stress and protect against liver injury. It also stimulates the production of bile, which helps your liver to digest absorbed fats.

Step 4: Exercise daily. Exercise plays a huge role in improving the function of all your organs, including your liver. It will stimulate blood flow to and through the liver, making it better able to flush out garbage and toxins and combat inflammation. Plus, it will aid in weight maintenance, which will lower your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Step 5: Try intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves eating during a specific period of time followed by a period of fasting with no calorie consumption, or a day or two each week of fasting (0-500 calories). Intermittent fasting may enhance the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself, as it increases the production of detoxifying enzymes [4] and can directly benefit the liver [5].

Step 6: Manage your stress. Stress is a known risk factor in a broad range of health problems, including liver disease. It also increases the presence of free radicals in your body, which can contribute to oxidative stress that accelerates liver degeneration. Take steps to manage your stress, and your liver function will improve.

Resources
[1] https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/toxic-liver-disease
[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25522674/
[3] https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cleanse-your-liver-naturally
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6314618/
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3591652/

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