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 chemicalsófrom 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 the 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 bodyís natural detoxification process, follow these tips:

Donít 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.

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 youíre 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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Anna M
Anna M.20 days ago

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Christine J
Christine J2 months ago

I love these articles that are short and to the point with no waffling. Thank you.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 months ago

Thank you!

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joan s
joan silaco3 months ago

TFS

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Maryann S
Maryann S4 months ago

Thanks for the info!

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bob Petermann
bob Petermann4 months ago

Thanks for the information. been trying the lemon water

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bob P
bob Petermann4 months ago

Thanks for the information

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Richard A
Richard A4 months ago

Thank you for this article and tips.

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Renata B
Renata B4 months ago

Thank you.

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Sue Magee
Sue M4 months ago

Interesting article - thanks

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