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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Liver

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. Everyday we encounter high levels of chemicals—from the food we eat to the personal care products we use each morning. Our bodies remove these chemicals through its natural waste system, but because we live in such a chemical-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 method 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 chemical 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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6:01PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Great, thanks!

8:21PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

Thank you!

7:43AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I love lemon water I drink a lot of it during the summer as it is good at quenching your thirst. Turmeric I use at night before bed I drink it in my green or chia tea. Cabbage I love raw in coleslaw and I can live on this. So I guess I'm not doing too badly in the liver department. Thanks for sharing


5:34AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Great article!

1:09AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

lemon water :- it includes water , lemon, sugar, salt
this is the mixture of all these ingredients. sugar and salt as per your taste you want ,, one lemon is sufficient for 1-2 glass

12:26AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thanks for the tips

7:52AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

If you make middle eastern food like Sharma's or Shi Tawouks or even just a stir fry for throwing in a pita, you can added all of this! Cumin is very good also!

Enjoy!

6:23AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

You should have a blood test and see if you have 'Heriditary Haemochromatosis' as well - this test that mere pennies and could save your life. It's not a rare disease as a lot of docs think - it's pretty common.. especially amongst those of Celtic origin - Those in Ireland have a 1 in 6 chance of having it - around the world it's about 1 in 70 which is still fairly high. HH means you overload IRON - and taking milk thistle is actually a no no - as is taking high doses of Vit C which could cause your liver [that has stored massive amounts of Iron] to release it suddenly and this CAN kill you. HH has many symptoms - one being a 'tanned' complexion - hence another of it's names, Bronze Diabetes - and yes, it causes diabetes too which is how my husband was diagnosed. You can have anaemia AND still be storing iron. So please .. do your liver a favour and get tested. Women are slower to store iron of course due to their periods - but it catches up with them eventually ... It's important to be monitored. If you have it .. you can pass it on to your children - and the rest of your family should be tested too.

4:37PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thanks for posting...Just the thought of pampering my liver has made me feel better already!!

10:26AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

I've started adding ground turmeric to soups and vegetable stews flavored with sweet paprika without a second thought, and my family doesn't notice its subtle flavor - but the color, yes. Goes especially well with fried or roasted potatoes.

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice in treated tap water improves the flavor.

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