Your liver is arguably one of the most important organs in your body’s natural detoxification system. To prevent our fat tissues and cells from absorbing them, the liver turns fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins, from which point our bodies can easily flush them.
This is just one small role the liver plays in our body, however; the liver has more than 500 functions, from metabolizing fat to regulating hormones, and if it spends too much time working to remove toxins, your health can falter.
To support your liver and aid your body’s natural detoxification process, follow these tips:
DRINK PLENTY OF LEMON WATER
Water is important to the natural detox system; it’s one of the methods by which our bodies remove toxins. The citric acid in lemon juice encourages the liver to produce bile, which is another vehicle that our bodies use to excrete toxins.
DON’T OVERBURDEN YOUR LIVER
Your liver works hard enough without having to process things like alcohol and over-the-counter painkillers, which are unnecessarily hard on this vital organ. In fact, taking regular, small doses of painkillers is the leading cause of drug-induced liver disease and failure.
TAKE LIVER-SUPPORT SUPPLEMENTS
Turmeric, milk thistle and dandelion are all known to be helpful at cleansing and protecting the liver. Try 50 milligrams of turmeric, 500 milligrams of dandelion extract, or 500 milligrams of milk thistle daily. You can also steep fresh dandelion roots into a boiling water to make a tea. (Note: If foraging for wild dandelions, only pick them from areas that you know are free from toxic pesticides.)
EAT CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Broccoli, cabbage, kale, arugula, collard greens and other cruciferous vegetables are recommended foods when doing a liver detox. Be sure to eat at least one serving a day.
GET ENOUGH MINERALS
Minerals are essential to the liver detoxification process, so make sure you’re eating plenty of mineral-rich foods or taking a good mineral supplement (look for a liquid-based supplement with both macro and trace minerals). Important minerals for liver detoxification include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese and others.
Keeping your liver in top shape is essential to good health.