Detox is a way the body continually cleanses to heal and repair itself.
The liver is one of the primary detox organs in the body and is responsible for over 500 functions in the body.
It’s also the master transformation site that filters toxins from the blood to neutralize and eliminate them. These toxins can include: synthetic chemicals, excess hormones, heavy metals, sugar, processed foods, etc.
When the liver sees a toxin, it creates bile and puts the toxin in the bile and then sends the bile to the gallbladder. When you eat fats, this sends a signal to the gallbladder to release the bile into the intestinal tract to then be expelled via the bowels.
This is why it’s imperative to eat healthy fats each day such as butter, ghee, tallow, duck fat, coconut oil, etc. so the liver can create the bile and then the gallbladder can be sent the signal to contract to release the bile into the intestines. Gallstones are often a result of a low-fat diet, so it’s very important to always include fats in your diet each day.
Knowing that the liver is a detoxification organ, you might think doing a liver cleanse could help your body recover faster after a big weekend, give your body that much-needed health kick, or boost your metabolism so you can lose weight faster. That’s what all those “liver cleanses” on the market claim they can do.
But truth be told, you are likely wasting your money and could be doing your body more harm than good.
The reality is that toxins are everywhere in our environment, and our bodies have the built-in capacity to defend against these toxins naturally.
Of course, there are things you can do to improve your health and support healthy liver function.
Read below so as to learn how you can detox your liver naturally;
STOP EATING PROCESSED FOODS
Processed foods are packed with preservatives, synthetic ingredients and chemicals that can burden your system, making it progressively harder to function properly. Start eliminating processed foods like breakfast cereals, frozen foods and bacon from your diet!
The sulphur compounds in garlic activate liver enzymes which help in flushing out the toxic from the body. It has high amounts of compounds like allicin and selenium which helps protect the liver from any toxic damage. Have two garlic cloves at night daily before going to bed.
KEEP YOUR SUGAR INTAKE AT A CHECK
Keep your sugar intake at 20-30 grams or lower a day (this does not include carbohydrates from healthy sources such as vegetables, soaked grains, raw dairy, etc.). I realize this is probably the least favorite tip of all, but it’s important to understand that the liver is one of the three organs responsible for blood sugar balance.
When you eat too much sugar, this makes it very difficult for the liver to do its job.
BALANCE YOUR PACE BY REDUCING YOUR STRESS
Find ways to reduce your stress and slow down your pace. Remember, detox is a parasympathetic process, so if you’re on the go all the time and under too much stress, this will make it very difficult for the liver and other detox organs to do their job.PRACTICE FORGIVENESS
TAKE HEALTHY FATS
Eat healthy fats from animal sources each day to provide the body with plenty of vital nutrients to support the liver. Examples of good ones are: butter, ghee, tallow, duck fat, pastured eggs, and raw dairy.
EAT ORGAN MEAT
Eat organ meats 1-2 times a week. This liver pate recipe is absolutely divine (and I don’t even like pate!). If the taste of organ meats is too much for you, then taking liver capsules from Vital Proteins or Radiant Life is a good option.
Walk or do other gentle exercise such as pilates, yoga, etc. to lower cortisol and stress levels to reduce putting stress on the liver.
It is important to know that detox is a process not an event. So it’s best to incrementally change some of your daily habits to enable your liver to function at its optimum capacity over time because the touted benefits of liver cleansing products and supplements aren’t based on evidence or fact. They are really just a marketing myth.