5 Ways To Cleanse Your Liver For Better Health
With summer upon us that often means more social gatherings and plenty more opportunity to drink. Unfortunately, this also means that it could be taking a toll on your liver. While alcohol isn’t the only thing potentially damaging to your liver (a poor diet and toxins from things such as tobacco), drinking more than the recommended amount can have negative side effects. So how do you know that it may be time for your liver to be cleansed? There are often signs and symptoms associated with it such as bloating and gas, constipation, high blood pressure, dark urine, rosacea, chronic fatigue, excessive sweating, bruising easily, poor appetite, moodiness, anxiousness and depression, yellowish skin or eyes (jaundice) or the inability to lose weight. The most important thing is to listen to your body so if you feel that your liver may be suffering it may be time to cleanse it. Here are the five most common ways to cleanse your liver.
Cut -Out Processed Foods
Processed foods put a lot of strain on your liver so if you want to give your liver a break cut them out. Refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, and any food that have preservatives in them to make them last longer or any foods that have been altered from their original state are considered processed. The fat, sugar and salt content in these foods can do a number on your health. Try laying off processed week for a week at first by replacing it with fresh, whole foods and see how you feel. Then the longer you can keep it going after that the better the effects will be on your liver.
Cut Out Alcohol
This is a no-brainer, but yes, this even means wine. While we have all heard that wine has antioxidants and thus must be healthy for us, it still puts a strain on our liver as it tries to purify our blood from the alcohol. Again, try to do a week or two without alcohol to start and see how you feel. It can be overwhelming to commit to not drinking for a month or more, but if you set weekly markers it becomes a lot more feasible to lay off the liquor.
Drink Raw Vegetable Juice
Start your day with warm water with lemon and then continue to drink raw vegetable juice throughout the day. It can be difficult to get all the recommended amount of servings of vegetables just by eating them so juicing is a great alternative. To get the 4-5 servings, you need to facilitate your liver cleanse, juice two-three times a day. Vegetables that are particularly beneficial for a liver cleanse include, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot and Brussel sprouts, which you can mix with carrots, cucumber, and greens to break up the taste and texture. You can also add herbs to your juices such as mint and parsley.
Consume Potassium-Rich Foods
Potassium is effective in lowering your blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, improving your cardiovascular health and in cleansing your liver. You should be receiving 4,700 milligrams of potassium per day for the full effects so it may be time to load up on potassium-rich foods. Try increasing your consumption of sweet potatoes (700 milligrams per serving), tomato sauce (1 cup of tomato puree contains 1065 milligrams of potassium), and beet greens and spinach (1300 milligrams per cup). Also, increase your intake of beans, blackstrap molasses, and bananas (470 milligrams per banana).
Take Liver-Supporting Supplements
While getting your dietary needs from whole, natural foods is the best way to cleanse your liver; supplements can also aid the process. Try taking milk thistle, turmeric and dandelion root for the most liver cleansing benefits. Milk thistle helps rid the liver of heavy metals, pollutants, alcohol and prescription medications. Turmeric aids in digestion, restores healthy blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation in the body and joints, and supports a healthy liver and liver metabolism. Dandelion root is an effective diuretic that helps your liver to eliminate toxins at a much faster rate.