Well this is an interesting one especially as we’re coming into the holiday season. And that means a strong likelihood of over consuming rich foods, alcohol, chocolates and probably much else…
So detoxing the liver before is a good way to prepare the body for the onslaught!
What is a detox?
Well it’s a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances.
Signs that your liver might need a good old detox:
– Abdominal bloating
– Excessive abdominal fat, pot belly, or a roll around the upper abdomen
– Trouble digesting fatty foods
– Acid reflux/heartburn
– Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction
You might also have: high blood pressure, fatigue, high cholesterol and triglycerides, mood swings and depression, sleep apnea or snoring and fatty yellowish lumps around eyes.
These are signs you need to take action, detox and alter your diet and lifestyle to heal your liver.
Some easy steps to start you off:
If you smoke, stop.
Smoking is a toxin that your body does not need for all sorts of reasons, a healthy liver being one of them. Besides it’s so expensive now, if you saved the money you’re spending on cigarettes just think of the money you would have to spend in the January sales!
What you’re breathing in can be toxic so if you can you should switch even using ‘regular’ home cleaning products to the eco friendly ones. That way you won’t be breathing in toxins.
Changes to your diet:
– Eliminate foods that are harmful to your body like processed foods.
– Focus on eating more organic produce.
– Eat less cooked foods and don’t over cook your food.
– Don’t use a microwave as this destroys all the health giving properties of the food.
– Stop using poor quality fats like canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil.
– Don’t eat animal products from animals fed genetically modified feed such as soy, corn and wheat.
In this run-up to the festive season limit or eliminate alcohol to help the cleansing process.
So what’s a good way to start this liver detox diet?
What should you be drinking?
Half a lemon or lime in hot water is a great way to start the day, and an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of the fruit triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system, it’s also very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.
– Lemons and limes: contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water.
– Drinking water: improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver. Not drinking enough may increase the risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gall bladder.
– Herbal teas: These are very good for liver detoxing especially green tea.
– Green tea loves your liver: it is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s also a great way to improve your overall diet.
What should you be eating?
Turmeric – the spice that colours curries yellow, and incidentally was also used to dye the robes of Hindu priests, has impressive anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body, including the liver, it’s also excellent for a liver virus or infection.
Garlic – has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. All you need is a small bulb as garlic holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
Walnuts – have high amounts of the amino acid arginine, so they aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. They are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions.
Make sure you chew the nuts well until they are liquefied before swallowing.
Fruits and vegetables
These are possibly one of the most powerful allies in cleansing the liver. They can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens suck up environmental toxins from the bloodstream.
With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Incorporate: kale, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet, will help increase the creation and flow of bile – the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
Carrots and beets
Eating carrots and beets can help stimulate and improve overall liver function as they are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene
Other fruits and veg
Apples, avocados, quinoa, vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage are all great for detoxing the liver and should be included in any liver detox diet.
Time to detox!
Start your liver detox diet now and you’ll find your festive season is the healthiest you’ve ever had free from all the usual hangovers, bloating, indigestion and all the rest of the side effects you might possibly have from celebrating too hard.
Connect with Expert Adrienne Marks