How to Detox your liver naturally – and easily

how to detox your liver naturally

In this article I would like to talk about our liver. How it works, how hard it works to detoxify our body and how to detox your liver naturally by consuming the proper things that support liver functions.

How your liver detoxifies itself

Your liver is the main detoxifying organ in your body. One of its main function is cleaning toxins and other wastes from your blood. Your liver has many other functions too.

After your food is broken down in your digestive system, the small particles enter your blood and they are on the way to your liver for filtering. In this stage, your liver separates the nutrients from the waste chemicals that need to be removed from circulation. This big important organ converts amino acids into proteins to build lean muscle mass and enzymes. It also produces bile that is essential to digest fatty foods. The liver also stores energy. It is like a factory that receives, filters and repackages substances and removes toxic waste.

Your liver performs a couple of hundreds of functions, but one of the most critical function is to ensure that toxins are safely removed from your blood. Toxins are not only enter your body when you are exposed to harmful substances like pesticides, but they are also a result of digestion.

Detoxification of harmful substances happens in two steps. The first step uses enzymes and oxygen to burn toxins, making them easier for the body to eliminate. The second, final step combines partially processed toxins with amino acids and sulfur so they can be removed through urine or bile.

It is very crucial that the above mentioned steps to be in balance, with sufficient nutrition for each step to work well. If toxins are not broken down well and fast enough in the first step, they will be recirculated via your blood until the liver has enough of the needed material to process them.

The other scenario is if toxins are broken down too fast in the first stage, the “packaging” in the second stage won’t be able to keep up and as a result, the partially-processed harmful toxins build up in your body. When you are exposed to harmful toxins for longer period (through bad died or environmental factors), the nutrients essential for the second stage can be exhausted, preventing your liver to properly handling the load.

Among other functions your liver also breaks down or deactivates a couple hormones – like insulin, estrogen and cortisol, the stress hormone – and removes them from your blood. The liver also converts Vitamin D into a more usable form that activates the immune system, helps calcium absorption and other essential functions.

So you see, a healthy balances liver is essential to your life and health, that is why you need to support its natural functions as much as possible. Nutrition from fresh produce and herbs are critical for all liver functions including detoxification.

 

Foods that naturally detox our liver

Our liver gets overloaded and overworked at times due to modern diet and to our lifestyle. There are many foods that are great helps in assisting our liver’s natural ability to cleanse toxic wast from our body. Here are some important ones:

LEMON and LIMESlemon lime detox
They contain high amount of Vitamin C that helps our body synthesizing toxic waste into substances that are easily absorbed by water thus easier to remove.Start your day with a freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of lukewarm water to stimulate your liver.

GRAPEFRUITSdetox liver naturally
Very high in vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it a perfect food to increase the natural cleansing function of the liver.Consume a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to help to boost the production of the liver detox enzymes that help to flush out toxins and carcinogens.

APPLES
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? The high pectin content of apples helps the body to cleanse how to detox liver naturallyand release toxins from the digestive system. The process helps the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.Just simply eat 1-2 apples a day for your overall help and as a support for your detox.

OLIVE AND OTHER OILS
Cold pressed organic oils, -such as flax seed, hemp, grape seed and olive oils- are great for the liver when used in moderation.They provide a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins thus take some burdens off the liver.

TURMERICdetox liver naturally
Turmeric is a perfect supplement to detox your liver naturally. This bight yellow spice has been used for thousands of years in the Indian ayurvedic medicine. Today’s studies demonstrate that turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects as well as a strong liver protecting function.Besides protecting the liver from toxic compounds, turmeric acts as strong antioxidant, it reduces inflammation, promotes cardiovascular health, reduces pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritic and osteoarthritis and many more>

For perfect liver detox it is recommended to take 500-1000mg dose a day in 2 -3 servings.

CRUCIEFROUS VEGETABLES and CABBAGE
Eating broccoli cauliflower and cabbage will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system. It helps the productions of toxin removing enzymes of the liver thus reducing the risks associated with cancer.Try eating more broccoli, kimchi, sauerkraut, coleslaw and cabbage soup.

BEETS AND CARROTS
Both of these vegetables are rich in plant-flavonoids and beta carotene. Carrot is rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver.Eating beets and carrots helps to improve the overall health of your liver.

GARLIC
Garlic has high amounts of allicin and selenium, two compounds that aids your liver cleansing. It is also very rich in sulfur that activates liver enzymes to help your liver to flush out toxins.

LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLEShow to detox naturally
These vegetables are high in natural plant chlorophyll that neutralize heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, absorb environmental toxins and increase bile production, thus lowers the burden on the liver.Add more green vegetables to your daily diet whenever it is possible.

More ways to improve liver functionshow to detox your liver naturally

Below there are 11 ways you can support your liver in its important and crucial task of detoxification:

1. MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT

if you are overweight, you increase your chance of having fatty liver that can lead to liver disease (non–alcoholic fatty liver disease NALFLD). Reducing weight is important in helping to reduce liver fat.

2. EXERCISE REGULARLY

regular exercise helps to burn triglycerides and it can also help to reduce liver fat

3. EAT BALANCED DIET

Try to avoid high calorie foods, saturated fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates such as white bread and pasta. Do not eat under cooked shellfish. Obtain sufficient amount of fiber through your diet by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and brown rice. Limit the amount of red meat, daily and fats. Hydrate your body by drinking a lot of pure water.

4. AVOID TOXINS

Toxins are the main enemy of liver cells. Limit your contact with toxins from aerosol and cleaning products, insecticides and other chemicals. If you must use aerosols, make sure that the room is well ventilated and wear a mask.

Do not smoke.

5. CONSUME ALCOHOL RESPONSIBLY

Alcoholic beverages can damage (or even destroy) liver cells. If you are not sure amount the safe amount of alcohol for you, please talk to your health consultant.

6. WASH YOUR HANDS

wash hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, diaper change or before preparing food or eating.

7. PRACTICE SAFE SEX

Unsafe sex increased the risk of Hepatitis B and C.

8. DO NOT SHARE OR USE CONTAMINATED NEEDLES

Dirty needles are not only associated with intravenous drug use. Unsafe injection practices may occur at hospital setting. Also, make sure to use clean needles for tattoos and body piercing.

9. AVOID THE USE OF DRUGS

Use of illicit drugs is a big problem in many countries. Illicit drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine, crack, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.

10. DON’T SHARE PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS

Razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers can carry microscopic levels of blood or other body fluids that may be contaminated.

11. GET VACCINATED

There are vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. There’s no vaccine against the hepatitis C virus.

Conclusion

So even though there is no proven scientific evidence that liver cleanses work, you can always make positive lifestyle and diet changes to support your liver in its functions by following the tips in this article.detox liver naturally

16 Replies to “How to Detox your liver naturally – and easily

    1. Hey Kevin,
      Glad you enjoyed the article. I also love these super healthy goodies and they are so good for us.
      I will be adding more info as time passes .
      take care
      Geni

  1. Thank you for your comments. I am a Hep B carrier, therefore i also need to be very careful with the health of my liver. Your post is very help and there is lots of pointers that can easily be followed such as the kind of food to take and what to abstain from. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information.

    1. Hi Jeffrey.
      I am pleased to hear that your found useful info in this article. I will be adding more articles later so feel free to come back and check.
      take care of your health and liver
      Regards
      Geni

  2. Hi Geni,

    I am glad i found this post, as i was going on detox in the coming week. As i was travelling the whole of last month, i have gobbled up just anything without paying attention and due to which my stomach as well got upset. I can notice from your post mostly Vitamin C and fresh fruits and veggies are three vital sources for liver to function well…Thanks so much for this post. Will definitely try these suggestion i the coming week.

    1. Hi Satish
      Thanks for your comment. Travelling normally puts a strain on or digestion system so it is definately a good idea to do some kind of detox or fasting to give our body a rest and a boost.
      I will be adding more content soon so please feel free to pop by later. I will be adding some info on different fasting and detox supplements.

  3. Hi Geni, thank you for sharing this article about liver detox.
    I am very glad to read all those recommended food that can help in the cleansing of the liver, because i love all those.
    If ever, i make a combination of this food (example: grapefruit or lemon, greens, and turmeric) and make them into juice, when do you think is the best time to drink it? At night or early morning?
    Thanks in advance for answering my query.

    1. Hello Hanna,
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the content of the article.
      The juice you are planning to mix sounds yummy an healthy. I would recommend to drink it on an empty stomach or at least half an hour before a meal. This is the time when your stomach hungers for food and would absorb anything you consume. When you drink a fresh, nutritious juice, your body will quickly absorbs all and waste nothing.
      Geni

  4. Hi Jeni,

    Very interesting article, all the foods that you’ve listed for helping with detoxing the liver also help with testosterone production. It just goes to show that a lot of body processes are linked together.

    1. Hi Nate.
      yes its true….everything is connected somehow and having healthy food affects the whole body.
      Glad you enjoyed the article. I will be adding more interesting things soon.
      Geni

  5. Hi Geni, Thank you for this great information. I certainly feel it is so important to detoxify the liver and will enjoy following your advice. Fortunately, I enjoy all of the foods you have listed and so it should not be too much of a problem.
    I have bookmarked this article for further help.

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thanks for reading my article. It is a lucky situation that you naturally enjoy eating these food so you can keep your body and liver functioning well.
      Please do pop by later as I will be adding more content to the site.
      Geni

  6. These natural ways to detox liver will are easy and effortless to consume on a daily basis. Lemon water in the early morning will do wonders to our body. Thanks for these great tips!.

    1. Hi Kavitha,

      Yeah you are right, with a bit of attention we can take care of our health with the help of tasty and healthy food and drinks.
      Best regards
      Geni

  7. Hi,
    I enjoyed reading How to Detox your liver naturally – and easily! It was full of great information. I was happy to find out that many of the foods I eat and enjoy are good for my liver. I appreciate the time it must have taken you to write this in depth post.
    Have a great day and keep up the great work!
    Angela

    1. Hi Angela,

      Thanks for your feedback. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying those healthy food.I am sure that your body serves you well because of that. Keep it up
      Geni

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