With the holidays around the corner, and celebrations part of the usual weekend routine it’s a good idea to pay some loving attention to a very important organ, your magnificent liver.
The liver itself has over 500 functions, some major ones being toxin neutralization, producing bile for fat digestion, metabolizing nutrients through the hepatic portal vein, maintaining the homeostasis of blood glucose as well as involvement in hormone functioning. This is a lot of work for one organ and this is on a good day! Add the extra work of detoxifying from alcohol, the environment, and chemicals from our foods and our poor liver loses its cool and will eventually start getting exhausted.
When our livers are overburdened we may have problems with our blood sugar, with digesting fatty foods or cruciferous foods, yellowing of the whites of the eyes, extreme fatigue and sometimes pain in the right upper abdomen might be experienced.
Yes, our livers are strong and sturdy! They have impeccable regeneration techniques that allow them to completely regenerate every seven years; however, more and more, the liver gets the grunt work of neutralizing every new chemical and carcinogen found in our bodies and it never hurts to lend a helping hand.
Here are three simple detox strategies you can follow to help love your liver:
Drink Filtered Lemon Water
It may be old news that lemon water is good for your liver, but it not only flushes toxins out of the liver but it helps clear the skin and increase HCl production in your stomach. To add to this it’s refreshing and delicious. Squeeze half a lemon in a glass of tepid water first thing in the morning. The other portion of this tip is filtered water particularly because of the numerous amounts of residual chemicals and inorganic minerals floating around in our tap water.
Eat More Vegetables
There is a clear lack of vegetable consumption these days. Vegetables and herbs are the most nutrient-dense food substances. They contain just about everything you need minus a few amino acids. Eating vegetables on a regular basis not only improves your appearance, energy levels, and the way you perceive the world. They also heal. By healing I mean they pull toxins out of your body, strengthen your immune system and significantly reduce the likelihood of sickness and disease. As far as this goes for your liver, the more nutrients your body can receive from food the better, and the less toxic load you put on your body via food the better off you’ll be in the long term.
Decrease Your Alcohol Consumption
We know, you were all hoping this wouldn’t be said. We’ll make it brief. Drinking alcohol is like punching your liver in its lower lobe. Sometimes a gentle ‘love tap’ is acceptable, playful, and even fun if it releases stress and tension; however, often it’s pretty easy to let the good times take hold and our livers end up trying to complete it’s usual 500 functions with a black eye and some missing teeth.
It can be easy to forgot about our liver. We throw whatever we want in our bodies and don’t think about changing anything until a symptom occurs. Remember: prevention is key! Doing some small things on a daily basis as a preventative measure is much easier than trying to do a million things as a treatment plan. You don’t have to do all these things every day but a little goes a long way. Increased liver health means a happier, healthier and stronger you!
Liver Love Juice
- ½ beet
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 granny smith apple
- 1 lemon
- ½ cucumber
- A few stalks of dandelion greens
You’ll need a hefty blender or a juicer for this recipe.