Detox Your Liver in 7 Easy Steps
The liver is not just the largest is one of the most vital organs of your body that performs numerous functions, such as filtering the blood, neutralising toxins, helping in digestion, metabolising nutrients, producing bile and activating enzymes. We often make it overwork with junk food, toxins, medications and alcohol, causing stress and leading to damage too.
When your liver is too busy filtering toxins, you may experience tiredness, headaches, acnes, cramps on your right side, digestion issues and weight gain. In the age we live in, most people have a serious need for detox. While a liver flush program detox can cause discomfort, you should try the natural and easier ways detoxing your liver.
No More Alcohol
The first step to liver detox or liver cleanse is to stop intake of alcohol, not even the slightest of it. Regardless of how much people preach about the health benefits of red wine, even a small amount of booze can trouble your liver. Alcohol is one of those toxins, which make your liver work really hard to filter it out of your blood. Say NO to all the bad stuff that makes your liver work extra.
Plenty of Water
Water helps in transporting nutrients, providing vital minerals and also helps in flushing toxic products, thereby it is necessary for liver detox. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated and cleanse your liver. However, you should not drink the chlorinated tap water. It is best to set up a home water filtration system to ensure that you drink good water, free of chlorine and toxic materials.
Lemons are a wonderful source of vitamin C, known for its citric and antioxidant properties. Having lemon juice as your everyday can reduce inflammation, prevent liver damage and also help in flushing out toxins. Keep your liver clean and healthy with alkalizing water. If not lemon, then you can drink caffeine-free herbal tree.
Be at a Healthy Weight
Are you obese? Obesity is the root cause of several diseases. Aim to lose some weight and be at an ideal healthy weight according to your BMI count to prevent the risk of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease).
Avoid toxins and chemicals
Switch to healthy, organic food to avoid unnecessary chemicals and toxins like pesticides, chemical fertilisers, canned and artificially sweetened beverages. Watch your medications as you cleanse your liver. Consult your doctor for herbal or natural alternatives to the medicines you are taking. Reducing the intake of toxic materials ensures that your liver isn’t stressed too much so that it can use its energy in regenerating and healing prior damage.
High in curcumin, turmeric is a liver-friendly spice that helps in detoxifying blood, reducing inflammation, boosting the production of liver enzymes and reducing stress. Don’t miss using turmeric to season your food.
Treat your liver with the food it loves – fresh leafy green vegetables, fruits, avocados, olives, almonds, broccoli, walnuts, pumpkin seeds. The best foods for preventing a fatty liver are berries, grapes, plums and onions. Cranberries are said to be the best to stop the growth of liver cancer cells. If you know a liver cancer patient, suggest them to eat cranberries.
Fresh vegetables and fruits have contents of vitamin A, vitamin C and sulphur, which boost the process of liver detoxification and cleaning.
Intaking vitamin B helps in cell processing and energy production. It makes the process of breaking down nutrients more efficient, preventing fat accumulation around your liver.
Cleanse and detox your liver naturally by following these steps for at least a month. Once your liver is healthy and is able to function properly, you will see positive effect on your overall health.
Dr. Vivek Vij
With 17+ years of experience, Dr. Vivek Vij is a reputed liver transplant surgeon in India. He is the Director of Department of Liver Transplantation & Gastrointestinal Surgery at Fortis Hospital. He is the youngest liver transplant surgeon in India to complete 500 independent liver transplants with lowest biliary complication rate (<4%).