Have you been feeling a bit lethargic, under the weather and just generally unwell? It could be a sign that your liver is begging for a detox.
Your liver is the second hardest working organ in your body aside from your heart and not only detoxes itself naturally, but also aids digestion.
Many people have livers that are screaming out for a little TLC but may not have recognised it.
Here are 6 six signs your liver need a cleanse:
- Abdominal bloating
- Acid reflux/heartburn
- Dark spots on the skin aka liver spots
- Excessive perspiration and overheating
- Itchy skin
- Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight
Other signs to look out for include high blood pressure, fatigue, high cholesterol and triglycerides, mood swings and depression, sleep apnea or snoring and fatty yellowish lumps around eyes. These are signs you need to take action, detox and alter you diet and lifestyle to heal your liver.
How do you get a clogged or fatty liver?
Even people who do not consume alcohol can have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, in fact NAFD is directly correlated to people who consume a high carbohydrate diet and who eat an abundance of processed foods or foods high in sugar. You may even be think but still have fat around your organs.
How to detox your liver
1. Reduce toxins such as smoke, nasty chemicals and cleaners, perfumes and metals
2. Reduce intake or exposure to alcohol, preservatives, dyes, pesticides, fertilisers, chlorinated products and switch to natural, plant-based cleaning and personal care products.
3. Change your eating habits by removing foods that are especially harmful to your liver such as:
- Processed foods, simple carbohydrates and sugar
- Eliminate toxic, poor quality fats like canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil
- Limit or eliminate alcohol immediately if you have been experiencing more than 3 of the symptoms
- Get checked for hidden food intolerances, yeast overgrowth and consider heavy metal testing
4. Add repairing foods to heal the damage to your liver and other organs
- Eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables, plus more organic, natural products.
- Eat naturally fermented foods (sauerkraut, cultured vegetables, and natural un-preserved, apple cider vinegar and foods rich in probiotics (yogurt and kefir) also helps.
- Consume antioxidants found in all sorts of fruits and veges.
5. Liver detox drink
Liver Boosting Beet Juice:
- 1 beet
- 1 carrot
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 handful parsley
Instructions: Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.