We put a lot of strain on our bodies, especially our organs. The modern age of fast-food and sugary soft drinks has certainly made it difficult for our organs to function properly. This can lead to conditions like diabetes and various organ failures. Luckily, our society is growing wise!
We’ve started to discover how detrimental these convenience habits really are. Now that we’re waking up, we’re able to see that advertising has been steering us in the wrong direction.
It was never just about the burgers. The heavy meats and high sugars have taken their toll on our digestive track, more than anything. Constipation and fatigue have become common place. Did you know that your lack of energy could because of a malfunctioning liver?
The liver is responsible for so many aspects of our health! Along with regulating blood flow, the liver processes blood and removes toxins. Then, the clean blood is sent throughout the body. The liver is also required to filter out important nutrients to deliver to your system.
Blood isn’t the only specialty of the liver though. The liver is also responsible for maintaining a healthy digestive track and contributing to your metabolism. This means that if you have a malfunctioning liver, it can be hard to lose weight. I bet you didn’t know that one!
It’s important to take good care of an organ that provides so many functions for you. A bi-annual liver cleanse and eating a healthy diet are the best ways you can do this.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may want to try a liver cleanse:
- Chronic fatigue
- Physical weakness
- Confusion or brain fog
- Mood change or disorder
- Hormonal imbalance
- Irregular period
- Bloating or gas
- Other digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea)
- Inability to lose weight
- Abdominal pain or pressure
- Dark colored or smelly urine
- Bad breath
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
As you can see, there are many indications of a malfunctioning liver. It doesn’t take the diagnosis of a doctor to figure out if there’s trouble in liver city.
There are many symptoms that could be the cause of a malfunctioning liver. That said, as long as you follow the steps of a proper liver cleanse, you’re safe to use it even if your liver is fine. After all, a cleanse is simply designed to eliminate toxins from your system. Unless you live a 100% healthy lifestyle, you’re likely to have a few toxins.
You’re probably asking, is a liver cleanse safe?
A liver cleanse is done by using herbs, such as:
- Chicory root
- Dandelion root
- Milk thistle seed
- Peppermint leaf
These organic herbs are safe for consumption for almost everyone. It’s not even complicated to perform a safe liver cleanse. All you have to do is mix together your own herbal remedy and stick to it! Some people choose to take daily supplements. Others choose to mix herbs into a tea or smoothie that is drank for approximately a week.
The time-line varies for the different cleanse methods. Some cleanses will tell you to only perform them every 6 months. Other cleanses can be used every day. There are too many options to try and list them all here, unfortunately.
Your best bet is to find a liver cleanse that works for you. Of course, the best method to detox your liver is by maintaining a healthy diet every day. You can do this by:
- Avoiding foods that are high in sugar
- Avoiding foods that are high in fat, especially fried foods
- Limiting how often you’re eating processed foods
- Avoiding artificially flavored, dye, or preserved foods
- Limiting alcohol consumption (or avoiding it altogether)
- Limiting your chemical intake (medications, preservatives, etc)
- Reducing your stress levels through meditation
- Reducing your anger levels through therapy or management
- Avoiding environmental toxins
You should also know that overeating is harmful to your liver because it causes your liver to work overtime. You should eat in moderation to allow your liver the time it needs to pull toxins from your blood. If you find yourself overeating too frequently, you may want to look at anxiety as the cause.
People often overeat when they are anxious about something. You may try meditating to see if it limits your urge to snack.
The best foods to eat to maintain liver health are:
- Leafy greens and vegetables
- Raw vegetable juice
- Fresh herbs or spices
- Fruits that are pesticide-free
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Apple cider vinegar
- Foods that are high in potassium
- Natural supplements aimed at liver health
You’ll want to look for organic foods whenever it’s possible. Your liver prefers food that is as close to nature as possible. If you’re not too bothered by the idea, dandelion leaves are highly recommended. They help to detox the liver. You can even make dandelion tea for a drinkable solution!
Along with helping your liver to function properly, a liver cleanse is beneficial for:
- Removing the toxins that may be in your system
- Boosting and supporting your immune system to keep your healthy
- Losing weight at a healthy pace
- Increasing your energy levels
- Increasing your vitality and helping you to feel youthful
Attempting a liver cleanse isn’t for everyone, especially when you start getting into the coffee enemas. If you’re unsure about any part of the process, you can always talk to a doctor. If you’ve tried the cleanse and it doesn’t seem to help, you may also want to talk to your doctor.
There is a chance the cleanse isn’t working because there’s an underlying medical condition. Unfortunately, the cleanse won’t help to undo any tissue damage or remove an ulcer. There are many medical conditions that could contribute to your malfunctioning liver.