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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Liver

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Liver

We devote plenty of time and energy into spring cleaning our homes, but what about our bodies? As you rid your home of clutter and dust this year, consider cleansing your body of toxins, too. Every day we encounter high levels of chemicals—from the food we eat to the personal care products we use each morning. Our bodies remove some chemicals through its natural waste system, but because we live in such a toxin-laden world, this system can get bogged down.

Your liver is arguably one of the most important organs in your body’s natural detoxification system. To prevent our fat tissues and cells from absorbing them, the liver turns fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins, from which point our bodies can easily flush them. This is just one small role that liver plays in our body, however; the liver has more than 500 functions, from metabolizing fat to regulating hormones, and if it spends too much time working to remove toxins, your health can falter.

To support your liver and aid your body’s natural detoxification process, follow these tips:

Don’t overburden your liver. Your liver works hard enough without having to process things like alcohol and over-the-counter painkillers, which are unnecessarily hard on this vital organ. In fact, taking regular, small doses of painkillers is the leading cause of drug-induced liver disease and failure. (Learn more about how over-the-counter painkillers are wreaking havoc on your body.)

Drink plenty of lemon water. Water is important to the natural detox system; it’s one of the methods by which our bodies remove toxins. The citric acid in lemon juice encourages the liver to produce bile, which is another vehicle that our bodies use to excrete toxins.

Take liver-support supplements. Turmeric, milk thistle and dandelion are all known to be helpful at cleansing and protecting the liver. Try 50 milligrams of turmeric, 500 milligrams of dandelion extract, or 500 milligrams of milk thistle daily. You can also steep fresh dandelion roots into a boiling water to make a tea. (Note: If foraging for wild dandelions, only pick them from areas that you know are free from toxic pesticides.)

Eat cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, kale, arugula, collard greens and other cruciferous vegetables are recommended foods when doing a liver detox. Be sure to eat at least one serving a day.

Get enough minerals. Minerals are essential to the liver detoxification process, so make sure you’re eating plenty of mineral-rich foods or taking a good mineral supplement (look for a liquid-based supplement with both macro and trace minerals). Important minerals for liver detoxification include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese and others.

Keeping your liver in top shape is essential to good health. Read more about how to strengthen your liver.

Related:
4 Herbs to Cleanse Your Liver
9 Simple Ways to Boost Your Liver
Easy Acupressure for Liver Detox and Healing

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Susan Melgren

Susan Melgren is the web editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine. She enjoys writing about natural health, nontoxic homes and tips for green living.

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2:57AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Thank you.

11:20AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Good advice, thanks!

11:23AM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

All really good recommendations. Doing a clay / Epsom salt bath once or twice a week also helps you detox your liver and other organs, as well. Another tip, avoid sugars, even natural ones, like the plague if you're having liver problems. My naturopath said that sugar would not be permitted as a substance if it had to withstand the rigorous testing that others do today.

4:21AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

thanks

4:53PM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

Thanks for the information.

11:16AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

This article is just what I needed as I was wondering if there were things a person could do to help the liver. I will start incorporating these tips into my life. Appreciate the info. Thank you.

8:22AM PDT on May 29, 2014

Good reminder. The liver is such an important organ, With all the junk out there bombarding our bodies, it's good to know that there are ways to protect your liver.

4:50AM PDT on May 29, 2014

Good info.

11:21AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Mmmm...OK, I can do all of these (although I wonder a little about anything called milk thistle).

3:39PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Great info, thanks~

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