Fortify Your Liver: Natural Ways to Detox

Along with the brain and heart the liver is one of the most important organs within the human body. Keeping it in good health can often be difficult, as many of the things that we put into our bodies can do serious damage to the liver over time. However, a healthy diet can go an extremely long way in helping to protect the liver and keep it as healthy as possible.

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A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar levels, which, if not kept in check can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking. Adversely, an unhealthy and toxic liver can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Without a healthy liver, you may suffer from hormonal imbalances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression. Throwing these foods into your diet on a somewhat regular basis can help keep the liver functioning properly.

Sulfur-Rich Foods
Garlic has been used as a form of herbal medicine for quite some time, and for a number of reasons. Garlic contains an active sulfur-based compound called allicin, which is a critical supporter of liver detoxification. When in good working order, allicin helps the liver rid your body of mercury.

Foods like onions and leeks contain sulfur compounds that support the liver in its production of glutathione. Glutathione is the compound in every cell of your body that neutralizes free radicals. So having that in high abundance is essential for health.

Dandelion is one of the darker leafy greens, and is also one of the most effective and recommended plants to support liver detoxification. One of it’s chemical components, taraxacin, has been used in medicines for decades to stimulate the digestive organs and trigger the liver and gallbladder to release bile, which helps support digestion and fat absorption.

One of the most tried and tested ways to detox the body is to flush it out. That means that the body needs water more than any other substance to survive. Because water flushes toxins and waste products from your body, its more effective when a large amount is consumed. One trick to try for ample detoxification is to drink your water sans ice; the body uses energy to warm the ice, diluting important digestive enzymes.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor fr any medical related advice.

 

 

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