Life can be hard on your liver. Even with moderation and certain culinary substitutions, in the end most of us possess livers that could use some love. We’d like to offer these tips:
Love Your Liver
by Laurie Nienhaus
Drink Lots of Water: This flushes your system. Add fresh lemon to increase the effect. Lemon water is an excellent way to begin your day before ingesting any food.
Eat Easily Digestible Foods: Without actually dieting, give your liver a break by eating lightly for 1-2 weeks. Eat low-fat protein. Avoid non-citrus fruits and foods high in fiber. Keep your dairy intake low.
Walk: You could dust off that treadmill but a better idea is to go outside. Walk, swing your arms, breathe deep and get some Vitamin D.
Recharge with a Twist: Yoga twists help flush toxins from your body by increasing circulation and massaging your internal organs. Yoga twists are beyond basic yoga so be sure you've been properly trained.
Salt Detox Bath: Dissolve ¼ cup each sea salt, Epsom salts and baking soda to your hot bath. Add 1/2 cup vinegar as well and soak for 20-30 minutes. Note: You may feel tired or lightheaded upon getting out of the tub.
Oxygen Detox Bath: Add two cups hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon dried powdered ginger to your hot bath.
Take Milk Thistle*: Silymarin, both an an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, is milk thistle’s active ingredient. Most studies show it improves liver function.
Eat Garlic: Just a small amount activates liver enzymes that help your body flush toxins. Garlic also possesses substantial levels of allicin and selenium, both known to aid in liver cleansing.
Take Tumeric Capsules: Said to be the liver’s favorite spice, tumeric’s phytochemical, curcumin, stimulates bile production in the gallbladder. The liver uses bile to eliminate toxins. Bile also rejuvenates liver cells that breakdown harmful compounds.
*Milk thistle is generally regarded as safe but should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with a history of hormone related cancers or those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, or daisies. Any side effects are usually mild and may involve stomach upset or diarrhea.
As always, consult your physician or health care practitioner before ingesting herbs and spices as supplements.