Benefits of a Liver Cleanse
The liver, which is the body’s largest solid organ, carries out many functions necessary for survival, including blood detoxification and purification as well as metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Since the average person consume various forms of toxins from food, water, and drugs daily, the importance of the liver is not to be overlooked.
In fact, good health is impossible without the proper functioning of the liver. Unfortunately, in our society, there is a tendency to abuse and overtax the liver. Despite this trend, the liver has an astounding ability to regenerate itself, if given the chance.
You may be wondering what a liver cleanse can do for you. Well read below to discover 4 reasons we highly recommend doing a liver cleanse.
You Get An Energy Boost
It is well known that sugar, processed foods, caffeine and other types of food wear on your bodily systems and cause you to feel drained. When you stop eating the foods that cause you to feel sluggish, you will undoubtedly feel an energy boost.
Body Rids Itself of Excess Waste
The liver is a natural detoxifier but unfortunately can get overwhelmed when inundated with tons of toxins. You would be surprised at how much waste your body can hold onto over months and years. This buildup of toxins can cause many types of health problems such as sleep conditions, joint pain, allergies, skin problems, and constipation.
When you do a liver cleanse, your body can let go of the accumulation of toxins. By ridding your body of this excess waste, it can help to alleviate and perhaps eliminate some of the conditions related to a malfunctioning liver.
Boosts Your Immune System
The liver is a part of the immune system and plays a major role in supporting it. Suffices to say, that a healthy liver is needed for a healthy immunity. As with all of the other benefits, cleansing the liver, will help it to function as it was meant to do.
Aids in Weight Loss
When you cleanse the liver, you will be able to metabolize your fats better and it can improve your hormonal balance. When your hormones are not functioning properly, excess weight could be one of the symptoms.
Do I need to Cleanse?
The answer to that really depends upon your body. There are, however, some signs and symptoms that may indicate you need a liver cleanse.
You are constipated even after implementing a high fiber diet change.
You suffer from feeling tired all the time.
You struggle to sleep well at night.
You have a hard time losing weight.
You feel depressed.
You fight headaches often.
You have acne breakouts.
You have diarrhea, or excessive gas.
How to do a Liver Cleanse
There are several simple steps you can take to cleanse your liver. Keep in mind, however, that cleansing the liver is not a one-time event. You should be supporting your liver everyday with a proper diet and lifestyle as well as with regular cleanses.
Change your Diet
Remove processed foods, alcohol, refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and additives from your diet.
Eat organic whole foods, such as green-leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Cabbage, beets, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, carrots, cucumber, and greens are especially beneficial for the liver.
Choose grass-fed, free-range and organic meats when possible.
Add essential fatty acids into your diet such as fish oils or flax seed oil.
Use herbs for support
Certain herbs such as dandelion root, burdock root, turmeric and milk thistle are known for their liver healing and cleansing qualities.
Consider nutrient specific support
Oral liposomal glutathione and alpha lipoic acid add additional support in making toxins polar so they can be excreted. Intravenous options for glutathione and alpha lipoic acid can be beneficial as well. These options should be discussed with a licensed healthcare professional.
Stress wreaks havoc on the body, and this includes the liver. Exercise, meditation, practicing mindfulness, yoga, and listening to soothing music are just some of the simple activities you can do to improve your stress levels.
How can we help?
At Verde Valley Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Hayman and Dr. Bailey can assist you in developing a personalized plan for you liver health. With the tools of naturopathic medicine in hand, they specialize in finding the source of the problem and not just treating the symptoms. So whether it is the liver and/or other problems, they can help.
Please contact us today to schedule your next appointment.