This week of my New Year, New You Detox we’re going to focus on one of the extremely important fat-burning, hormone-balancing, toxin-removing organ-the liver (and the gallbladder too). If you haven’t been following the detox which is based on my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, it’s not too late to join in and start detoxing. Here’s the overview with links to the articles you may have missed (or want to review):
When it comes to cleansing, the liver is the “big gun” of the detox organs. The liver performs over 500 functions, neutralizing and detoxing environmental chemicals, stress and other hormones, excess fat, alcohol, breaking down fat deposits in the body, and much more.
One of the best ways to assist the liver in its detoxification efforts is to drink water with fresh lemon squeezed into it. If you’ve been following the detox, increase the amount of lemon juice in your morning water to 1 full lemon.
To help breakdown foods, particularly fatty ones, take a digestive enzyme with every meal.
Make a liver-gallbladder detox tea blend of dried herbs: 1 part dandelion root, 1 part ginger root, and 1 part chicory. Mix and store in a glass container. In a small saucepan, mix four teaspoons of the dried herbal mixture in four cups of water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for twenty minutes, covered. Drink one cup, three times per day. Refrigerate the remainder until you are ready to drink it.
Supplement with 2 capsules of 250 mg. of an 80% standardized milk thistle extract per day with meals.
Some of the Best Foods that Support Liver Health
In addition to lemons, sulfur compounds in fresh garlic and onions help support the liver’s detoxification pathways.
Turmeric decreases the fat storage rate in liver cells, contributing to liver health and weight loss efforts. Add the spice turmeric to your meals for additional liver support or blend a teaspoon of each turmeric and honey in a glass of water and drink daily.
Of course, always consult an herbalist or natural medicine specialist before combining two or more herbs or if you’re taking any medications or suffer from any serious health conditions, and prior to beginning any detoxification program. Avoid using herbs while pregnant or lactating and avoid long-term use of any herb.
Resources: For a list of the top 20 foods that fight fat and support liver health, consult The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.
Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Adapted with permission of the author from The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.