5 Ways To Cleanse Your Liver Naturally Post-Holiday Season
Most people can relate to the feelings of overindulgence and guilt post-holiday season. With the number of parties, family gatherings and celebrations over Christmas and New Years, it’s no wonder that you may feel like your body needs a reboot or a detox come January 1st. Yet, knowing that you need a cleanse is one thing, while figuring out exactly what your body needs is something entirely different that can often leave you feeling overwhelmed. That’s why this year we’ve done the research for you and suggest that you start with your liver. Although your holiday habits may take a toll on your whole body, your liver particularly suffers during the holidays, from one too many drinks, and calorie-laden foods. The liver is one of the main ways our body eliminates toxins, detoxifies, improves energy levels and prevents disease. So start this year on the right foot by following these 5 natural tips to cleanse your liver for a healthier you in 2016.
CUT TOXIC FOODS AND DRINKS
This one may seem like a no-brainer but eliminating toxic foods and beverages, is one of the most important steps to take in giving your liver a well-deserved break. This means all processed foods, sugar, coffee, and alcohol (that also includes wine despite it’s antioxidant content.) When you eat or drink the above, toxins enter your bloodstream and put your liver into overdrive as it tries to purify your blood. This detoxifying process uses up a lot of metabolic energy, which in turn can lead to weight gain, poor digestion, high blood pressure, moodiness and feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.
EAT VITAMIN-RICH, NATURAL FOODS
Cutting out processed foods doesn’t mean that you have to starve. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Fill your plate with plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, instead of meat and refined foods. In particular include the following food in your diet: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, apples, onions, garlic, and squash. Potassium-rich foods are also very helpful in detoxifying your liver. The best sources of potassium are, sweet potatoes, organic tomato sauces, beet greens, spinach, beans, blackstrap molasses, and bananas.
DRINK WATER WITH LEMON AND VEGETABLE JUICES
There is no better way to kick-start your metabolism in the morning and help to flush toxins from your body, than by starting the day with a warm glass of water with half of a lemon squeezed into it. Lemon water is alkalizing acting in balancing the PH level in your body for optimal health, and is filled with Vitamin C and minerals, which enhance your body’s natural cleansing abilities. Try drinking lemon water and herbal teas in place of coffee throughout the day. In addition to that, raw vegetable juices are a great way to fit in all the vegetables you need in a day for the liver cleanse to function optimally. It can be difficult to consume 4-5 servings of vegetables a day by eating them, so why not buy a juice or make some of your own at home with a juicer. Vegetables help to reduce acid levels in the body and help to eliminate toxins from the body.
CONSUME HEALTHY FATS
Although certain oils and fat can be the cause of the toxic build-up in your body in the first place, good fats are an entirely different story. Consuming healthy fats from vegetarian sources such as avocado, coconuts, walnuts, almonds, hemp, chi, flax, olives and pumpkin seeds to name a few, aid liver function.
It can sometimes be challenging to get all of the vitamins, minerals and detoxifying elements you need from food sources. So in order to achieve optimal results, it is important to support your cleanse with various supplements. Milk thistle, turmeric, dandelion root, artichoke leaf, and high-quality B vitamins, all have powerful healing properties. Go to your local health food store or pharmacy, to find out more about each one and how much you should be taking.