Right now it’s all about the liver with detoxifying smoothies and juices all over social media. Too bad so many look good but taste like the bottom of the river. It doesn’t have to be like this. The liver is pretty good at cleaning and regenerating itself, so only needs a gentle coaxing to get it performing well so you feel better if you’ve overindulged in recent days.
Here’s a fact: if you had 75% of your liver removed, it could grow back to its full size. Part of the reason for this unique ability comes from what the liver actually does in the body. Since it acts as the main filtration organ, it comes in contact with many different toxins and chemicals. And some of these toxins can actually cause serious damage when they come in contact with cells. As a result, the mere nature of the liver’s job – handling these toxins – means that it needs to be able to regenerate on its own. Otherwise, we would fall victim to a variety of diseases much more frequently.
As to how quickly the liver responds to a tonic cleanse, everyone is different, with age, weight and overall health being parts of that jigsaw.
WATER: THE NATURAL OPTION
The very best thing you can do for your liver is flush it with pure, clean, unadulterated water. This does not mean herbal tea or fruit juice. It means plain water. And lots of it.
Enough cannot be said about the benefits of drinking water. Water cleanses the system of toxins. As you know, the liver is responsible for the flushing of toxins. Water aids the liver with this process. It hydrates your body and keeps your brain firing on all cylinders. It helps you stay alert, productive, and in a balanced mood. Water is a proper natural healer.
EXERCISE: THE HEALING PUMP
As with so many other health problems, regular exercise seems to be a powerful force for helping the liver cleanse and regenerate.
And the science backs it up too. Researchers studied the effects of alcohol on active and inactive lab rats and found the effects on the liver were not as severe in the active ones. Specifically, they found that the high metabolism of the active rats actually prevented the expected levels of liver inflammation.
The researchers concluded that higher physical activity levels seemed to protect against the metabolic dysfunction that eventually leads to irreversible liver damage.
More research needs to be done on the topic. But as it stands, it seems like regular exercise can go a long way towards promoting liver health.
DIET: THE VITAL NOURISHER
The liver is the main organ responsible for filtering out toxins and harmful chemicals in the blood. And the majority of these dangerous substances come from the food we eat and the water we drink.
Plus, in order for the body to heal itself, it needs the right kinds of compounds and molecules to patch up the damaged areas.
So it makes sense that in order to aid your liver in the healing process, you need to be on the right diet. Eating the right foods is essential when it comes to repairing your liver. Equally important is staying away from the wrong ones.
EAT & DRINK:
- Lots of veggies (broccoli, carrots, and green leafy vegetables especially)
- Acidic fruits like grapefruit, berries, grapes, lemons, and oranges
- Coffee. Yes, coffee is good for your liver!
- Green tea
- Natural yoghurt
- Plenty of garlic
- A plant-based diet as much as possible
- Foods high in Omega-3, like fish, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil
- Foods high in fibre like oat bran
- Foods high in fat or loaded with grease
- Starchy foods like breads, pasta, or cakes and baked goods
- A lot of processed sugar or salt
- Canned fizzy drinks
- A lot of fatty animal proteins – eat lean meat and fish