What is a Liver Cleanse and Why Should You Care?
Most of us are guilty of not giving much thought to our livers, except maybe when contemplating that third shot of tequila, but its health is essential to your general health and weight. The liver is the second largest organ in your body and it is also the most overworked. Every toxin that you come into contact with must be filtered through the liver.
When it gets overworked, toxic compounds start building up and they begin to find their way into the organs, skin, fatty tissues and blood – this is what triggers inflammation. As a result, we begin to see and feel the development of some common ailments such as:
Even if you follow a healthy diet most of the time, it may not be enough to rid your liver of toxin buildup. A liver cleansing diet takes it a step further by helping eliminate the stored toxins therefore allowing your liver to reboot and rejuvenate. For a set period of time, 10-14 days is optimal, you will commit to eating foods and drinking beverages that are healing to the liver. If you commit to a program you can expect to see some amazing results.
Some of which may include:
Here Are Ten Simple Liver Detox Tips
Your liver plays a vital role in maintaining your health. In simple terms, it is like the equivalent of an oil filter in your car – it’s your body’s natural filtration process. Everything put inside your body gets filtered through your liver and it uses the nutrients (good stuff) to optimize your health and gets rid of the toxins (bad stuff that causes a lot of different ailments).
This process runs very smoothly when your liver is healthy and isn’t being overburdened with bad things. By bad things, I mean alcohol, fatty/processed foods, additives/preservatives, poor sleep, lack of exercise and chronic stress. All of these will impact your liver and unfortunately we are all guilty of not living a perfect lifestyle.
When you live a not so healthy lifestyle it will eventually catch up to you and your liver can become tired. It can even get sick. Consequently, it will make you sick. The good news is; you can turn things around rather quickly by cleansing your liver through a process called detoxification.
Here are 10 simple liver detox tips you can start implementing today:
Do's and Don’ts When Doing a Liver Cleanse
You go on a vacation to relieve yourself of stress and enjoy life. A liver cleanse is giving your liver a much needed break or providing it with a much deserved holiday. As I am sure you know from experience, a vacation can be divine but if planned poorly, it can be a disaster. The same goes with liver cleansing. So, here are some important do's and don’ts to keep in mind during your next liver cleanse.
The Best Foods for a Liver Detox
By now you have a good idea of what a multi-tasking machine your liver is and why it is important to keep it healthy. But you should also know that like the nature of all machines, it can become overworked and break down. So how do you take care of this complicated machine? Is it as hard as enrolling in calculus again? Alas, the liver might be a work of genius but even a simpleton can help it get stronger. Here are some simple dietary tweaks to get your liver in tip-top shape and running like a well-oiled machine!
Is There Really an External Liver Detox?
Can you really detox your liver externally? YES! With good old-fashioned castor oil. When you think of castor oil you may be thinking about a gross tasting tonic your mom made you take when you were a kid. Don’t worry, this remedy won’t be traumatizing – in fact it will be a very relaxing and peaceful experience.
Castor oil is a centuries old home remedy that is said to have many healing properties. However, there are some warnings about taking it orally so always consult with a doctor before ingesting this oil. How can this tonic help to support your liver without having to drink it? Castor oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects when used externally. You can apply the oil to your skin (stomach area) via a pack and it can be used to stimulate and detox the liver and gall bladder.
You will need 100% pure, cold-pressed castor oil, a piece of cloth (wool flannel is said to be best), and a hot water bottle or heating pad. If you don’t want to go searching for the supplies, you can purchase a castor oil pack online.