Home remedies for your liver- Love your liver!
In today's society, we are in contact with more toxins than our liver can handle. Many of these toxins come from the food we eat and drink. Toxins from our polluted environment, drugs, water pollution, pesticides, preservatives, prescription drugs and fluoride are harmful to our liver as well. We often need to help todays liver with various methods such as herbs or enemas. An over active liver can cause certain diseases, and cancer. Also, you might feel sluggish, tired and display other symptoms like: acne, other skin problems, PMS, weight gain etc.
Your liver works with over 500 body functions. Some of them are very well known functions:
- Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion (you can read more about bile and liver cleaning in one of my earlier articles "coffee enemas")
- Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
- Production of cholesterol
- Stores and releases glucose as needed
- Also stores iron, Vit A, B12 and Vit D
- Conversion of harmful ammonia to urea
- Clearing the blood of drugs and toxic chemicals
- Breaks down excess insulin, estrogen and other hormones and purifies the blood from viruses, bacteria, fungi and other parasites.
The liver has a tremendous ability to heal itself when given the right tools. Unfortunately, we are exposed today to more toxins than ever before. When negative impact is greater than the positive, the liver function becomes sluggish and less efficient.
There are several ways to clean your liver daily or you can do a liver detox for few weeks. But it is better to just live a life where your liver gets a daily “detox” as your body will thank you in so many ways. For example, your skin will have a glow, you will have more energy throughout the day!
Be nice to your liver so it can function at 100%. Here are some tips to help your liver to function properly.
1. Eat organic
Your liver has to clean your blood from all the chemicals when you are consuming non organic produce. That’s a burden your liver does not need to address as it is an easy way for you to think about what you are consuming. Organic produce are free from, synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals. Research has shown that organic crops have less heavy-metals and pesticides, and higher content of antioxidants and other nutrients. I never eat non organic produce as I don’t want to pay for chemicals that will harm my body. It is waste of money.
If you cannot afford to buy organic products, at least buy organic varieties of the most sprayed crops like apples, celery, bananas, oranges, cucumber, cabbage, grapes, nectarines, peaches, peppers, spinach, kale, strawberries & blueberries.
2. Don’t use toxic cleaning products:
Are you scrubbing the kitchen with strong pesticides and use potent air fresheners that run on electricity? You will breathe in toxins daily if you do. Or are you using shower gels, shampoo, deodorants and perfume from the local grocery store? You might want to think again. It takes less than 1 minute for your skin to absorb all the toxins you put on your skin. Toxins your liver must deal with. Buy organic products that contain minimal ingredients or make your own cleaning products.
3. Don’t eat processed food
Products with processed sugar, sweeteners, flour and grains, cakes, bread and biscuits have a high content of “empty” carbohydrates and low in nutrients. They also promote blood sugar fluctuations that stress the liver. Stay away from processed food and eat foods that don’t have an ingredients list, like fruits and vegetables, foods that we are design to eat!
4. Don’t eat foods with high allergens
Eating foods that may create intolerances and allergies disrupt the detoxification process and causes the liver to work harder. The most common allergens are gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley), dairy products and processed soy products. This is an important part of your cleaning. Avoid allergenic food to give the liver a breather!
5. Stay hydrated!
Water is very important! we need extra amounts for the body to flush out excess toxins. Also, stay away from alcohol, coffee, soft drinks and juices, which raise your blood sugar and diminish liver function.
6. Take herbs and eat greens to help your liver
Eat more of the bitter, green lettuce leaves. Bitter leaves like dandelion greens, endive and arugula. Also, drink more herbal teas like dandelion root and Pau'Darco tea. The bitterness of the vegetables and teas stimulates bile which is important for eliminating toxins and to protect the liver from damage. Do you suffer from period pains? That’s one signal your body is showing you that your liver is working too hard. I highly recommend 2-3 cups a day of dandelion root tea for 2 weeks, 1 week off and then 2-3 cups a day of the tea again for 2 weeks. Then your pain should go away. It always works for me and my friends! Dandelion root tea is my favorite tea! Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an herb that I highly recommend as well. We take the herbs daily. This herb has been used for over 2000 years as a remedy for a variety of ailments, especially the liver, kidney and gall bladder issues. The flavonoid silymarin have shown in scientific studies to protect the liver from toxins and have an antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties. And it may help the liver repair itself by growing cells. Absolutely love it!
Please take care of yourself and I’m here for any questions you might have.