The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body and the primary place of detoxification. It filters your blood and renders toxins harmless and ready for removal via sweat, urine, exhalation, or excretion.
The liver is described as a resilient organ. And it is. But, we all have our limits, and many neglected livers are speaking up in protest of our lack of consideration. If you have itchy skin, fluctuating sugar levels, a coated tongue, sweat easily or feel generally fatigued and irritable, it might be that your liver is trying to tell you something.
Detoxing the detoxer
Your liver will feel loved if you give it gifts of appreciation such as: green tea, brassicas – cabbage, broccoli, brussels etc and herb teas like nettle, peppermint, and fennel.
Milk Thistle is a great tonic for a lagging liver. It’s proven to speed liver cell regeneration, and helps protect the liver from the toxins it processes. Milk thistle, also known as wild artichoke, has been known to Arab physicians since the 9th century and was often used in cases of toxic poisoning due to poor sanitation. For a daily detox try one cup of Milk Thistle tea, or take Milk Thistle tincture diluted in water.
Reduce the Radicals
Free radicals occur naturally in the body as a by-product of digestion, filtration of the blood, and breathing. These are easily dealt with when they are a contained minority presence in the body. But, when they start to increase and run wild, they are become a potential hazard to our health.
Free radicals are increased by pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, sugar, alcohol, processed and refined foods, and messed with (i.e processed or hydrogenated fats.
The answer to free radical overwhelm is twofold:
1. avoid introducing them to the body wherever possible
2. bring in the antioxidants.
Good natural sources of antioxidants include fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil (make sure it’s fresh and in a dark bottle), and green tea. Red grapes and their juice are rich in resveratol – the antioxidant hero hailed by the red wine drinking French as their secret to low cholesterol and good health.
A healthy liver produces natural antioxidant enzymes and that’s another good reason to love yours!
Detox & Fatigue Series
Detox & Fatigue Part 1: Introduction
Detox & Fatigue Part 2: Toxins – Where are You Getting Yours?
Detox & Fatigue Part 3: Love your Liver
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