Have you ever thought about how many toxins you are ingesting daily? It might not cross your mind often, but if your liver had a mind, that would be its primary focus, day in and day out. Probably because that is its primary focus. The liver is considered one of the most critical organs in the body as it is the part of the digestive system that rids your body of unhealthy toxins.
The health and wellness of your body is dependent on your liver to clean out your digestive system. Sometimes, this organ could use a bit of help because of how many toxic substances we are bombarded by in our environment.
We encourage you to do a liver cleanse to give your liver an extra boost and help it out a bit. It’s quite easy, it’ll probably make you feel better, and it’s quite valuable for your body. Why? We were hoping you’d ask.
Why a Liver Cleanse is Important
As we mentioned, your body can be contaminated by toxins daily, unintentionally and intentionally. These toxins can come from the food you eat, the polluted air you breathe, too much coffee or alcohol, smoking, medications and prescriptions, and stress (1). That’s a big list of problems for the liver to resolve on its own.
The welfare of your body depends on your liver to remove these toxins, and cleansing your liver can help eliminate some of these toxins. If you are dealing with any of the issues mentioned below, it might be that your liver is struggling:
- Dark Urine
- Weight Gain
All of these problems can occur with a liver that is not functioning at its optimal level. But even if you aren’t dealing with these health problems, it’s still vital to have good liver health so that your liver can destroy old blood cells, process nutrients, and produce necessary proteins. A cleanse can help set your liver up for success.
How to do a Liver Cleanse
There are a few different methods that we recommend, so let’s go over those and see what would work best for you.
The Food Removal Method
Processed foods are quick and easy to buy or prepare, so it’s easy to get caught up in a diet that is filled with refined sugar and trans fats, or hydrogenated oils.
Trans fat can lead to heart disease and immune problems (2). Nitrates and nitrites are chemicals that help fast foods and convenience foods last longer and keep bacteria from growing, but they can be extremely dangerous to your liver.
One vital step of this purification process is to remove those foods from your diet. It might sound difficult, but it will be so worth it, and you can feel the benefits from such a change. It’s such a help to your liver.
Instead of stopping for fast food for lunch, try roasting your own chicken or turkey ahead of time for tasty sandwiches. And you could try swapping out chips or cookies with veggies and fruit to snack on throughout the day.
The Juicing Method
Speaking of veggies, it can be hard to chop up and chew up all the vegetables necessary during this type of cleanse. So we love the idea of juicing vegetables instead. You can even check out some of our favorite juicers here. Some fruits and vegetables that are great for the cleanse include:
- Brussels sprouts
- Carrots, greens
- Ginger, and
You can even add in some herbs like mint, parsley, or basil to spruce up the flavor.
Juicing is great because you can mix and match your veggies until you find a few perfect juices that you enjoy. The produce mentioned above helps lower the acid in your body as well as providing lots of good fiber that helps reduce toxins in your body.
The Food Addition Method
Potassium is incredibly important, not just to cleanse the liver, but also to help with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Potassium doesn’t just come from bananas but is found in a variety of delicious foods. And since you need 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day, it’s nice to have a list of foods to help achieve this
Tomatoes have potassium, but tomato sauces have even more. Some beans, such as kidney and Lima beans, are great potassium-rich foods. A few other foods that contain potassium are beet greens and spinach, which would be a delightful addition to your juice mixtures. Sweet potatoes are another food high in potassium.
It might not sound very tasty, but the liver can be very beneficial in this cleanse. Liver actually has an incredible amount of nutrients in and of itself, including Vitamins A and B, iron, zinc, copper, and folic acid. If eating liver isn’t your thing, you could try out a liver supplement from a natural food store. Supplements are next on the list in the cleanse.
The Supplement Method
In addition to adding foods and juice to your diet, introducing a few supplements (3) can be very beneficial to the liver. Have you ever heard of milk thistle? It sounds strange, but it’s amazing. It’s a perfect detox herb as it reduces heavy metals, pollutants from the air we breathe, and alcohol. Not only that, but it aids in making strong cell walls for the liver through the use of silymarin, the main ingredient of milk thistle.
Make sure to branch out with dandelion root and turmeric (4) supplements. They are easy to find at a natural foods store and are very beneficial to the liver.
Remember, the primary goal we are looking to accomplish when cleansing the liver is to cut down or even get rid of the toxins that inhabit the liver. In doing so, your liver should be able to function effectively in removing all the excess toxins throughout your body.
These are all fantastic ways to cleanse your liver. They may take some work, some thought, and some reorienting of your life, but the results may be worth it. If you’re struggling with digestive problems, you might have a liver issue, and a detox could be a great help. If you have any questions about any of the steps we’ve listed, feel free to contact us for more help or support.