Did you know that your liver probably is the hardest working organ in your body besides your heart? It has one of the most dangerous jobs to clean your blood of bilirubin, ammonia, and other toxins. You need to detoxify your liver periodically to keep your liver free of toxins as much as possible. This will help you lead a healthy life with a healthy liver. To do this you will need a liver detox diet, which is a diet that helps cleanse the liver naturally.
When should you have to detoxify your liver?
Your liver works around the clock to detoxify your blood, produce the bile needed to digest fat, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins, mineral and iron. It is the main liver function to distinguish between the nutrients and the unnecessary substances. But when the liver is clogged and overburdened with toxins, it can’t do a very effective job of processing nutrients and fats, you will have:
- Abdominal protuberance.
- Pain or discomfort over the liver – (right upper abdominal area under the ribcage).
- Excessive abdominal fat; potbelly; or a roll around the upper abdomen.
- Trouble digesting fatty foods.
- Your gallbladder is removed.
- Acid reflux/heartburn.
- Dark spots on the skin commonly referred to liver spots.
- Overheating of the body & excessive perspiration.
- Acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin.
- Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction.
If you notice any of the signs mentioned, you might need to have a liver detox diet whether you have a liver disease or not.
How to begin a liver detox diet?
A liver detox diet is not the fancy diets you hear about in advertisements. It is simply a diet that eliminates toxins and contains natural ingredients with no added sugars or processed foods. Here are some ways to have a liver detox diet:
Alcohol, which is contained in booze, is a harmful substance in any form and your liver will have to use a large amount of energy to try getting rid of the alcohol for purifying your blood. During this process, it can use up a good bit of metabolic energy, which often leads to weight gain, sluggishness, fatigue, and sleepiness. So why don’t you avoid all that bad stuff?
Get more fresh water
What is better than keeping your liver clean with fresh water? Water contains natural minerals if it comes from a healthy source where the water is removed the carbon and chlorine particles inside. Besides, do not forget to add some lemon juice to your water to increase the alkalizing and cleansing properties. Lemon and all citrus fruits contain a huge of vitamin C and minerals that boost your bodily functions and enhance the liver cleansing process.
Eat the best food
Eating organic and fresh foods that contain magnesium, chlorophyll, Vitamins A and C, along with fresh vegetables and fresh fruits when possible. These foods provide pure nutrients for your liver to cleanse and rebuild the blood to increase more energy for your body.
Avoid the wrong fat
Your liver’s responsibility is producing bile to break down fats. Therefore, you need to make sure that you always remember about the type of fats you should or should not eat on your diet. Do avoid animal fats that lead to artery-clogging inflammation and avoid vegetable oils (like corn and soy) as well. Besides, you have many choices such as almonds, coconut, walnuts, hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, olives, and avocado. They are all the best sources of fat you can eat.
If you realize that you have some signs of an unhealthy liver, start a liver detox diet immediately to have a healthy liver. This means to eliminate high-sugar and high-fat foods as well as other toxins in your life. Not only your will have a healthier liver, you will have a healthier life.
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Review Date: September 20, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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