Your liver has so many important responsibilities in your body, including assisting in nutrient absorption and the digestion of fat. It also helps filter out those glasses of wine, or blocks of chocolates you may indulge in on the odd occasion. Because our liver works so hard to keep us healthy, even when we at times might abuse it, it seems only fair that we return the favour!
Here are some natural ways in which you can care for and cleanse your liver:
Lemon Juice Drink - Drinking a glass of warm water with the juice of ½ a fresh lemon in it works to stimulate nerve and hormone activation both in your liver and in your digestive system. It is a great way to start your day and help cleanse your liver.
Eat Brassicas - Any of the vegetables from the brassica family, including brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage, all contain glucosinolates, which are sulphur containing compounds that aid in any liver damage, as well as assisting in the elimination of excess hormones and toxins.
Stay Hydrated - By ensuring you stay sufficiently hydrated, you are making sure that your liver is being appropriately flushed. This supports not only the flow of nutrients to your liver, but also the waste products away from the liver.
Dandelion Tea - Though it isn’t to everyone’s taste, dandelion tea/coffee has long been used as a liver cleanser, as it not only works as a diuretic, helping cleanse your liver, it also supports a healthy immune system and balances blood sugar levels.
Zinc - If you enjoy the odd glass of wine or any other type of alcohol, then zinc is a mineral you want to ensure you are getting enough of. Zinc supports alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme in your liver responsible for breaking down alcohol into less toxic substances.
Excellent food sources that provide zinc include:
- Kidney beans
- Flax Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds