The human liver is a vital and necessary organ for survival. The liver is responsible for a variety of far ranging functions including: metabolism, protein synthesis, biochemical production, hormone production, glycogen storage, digestion, and detoxification. The liver produces bile from a specialized collection of tissues necessary for vital function. When the liver is taxed, all systems are affected. If you have digestive problems, feel sluggish, have aches and pains, or your skin is breaking out, your liver could be warning you to adopt healthier habits and indicating its need for a detox. The fundamental principle behind any detox program is to eliminate and remove toxins so the body can replace nutrient stores. A great detox program includes a careful combination of a cleanse, complete with rest, to stimulate and nourish your liver and all body systems for peak health from the inside out. Here are 10 Natural Ways to Detox Your Liver:
1. Eliminate Toxins.
Toxins are one of the greatest contributors to disease, poor health, and liver problems. The easiest way to decrease your toxin intake is to remove obvious culprits, like alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars, and most saturated or trans fats. Removing the not-so-obvious toxins, like those found in chemicals from household cleansers, body care products, and even air pollutants will greatly affect your health in positive ways.
Fasting is a centuries old traditional means of cleansing toxins from the bloodstream to promote health. Researchers have determined it takes at least two to three days for the body to cleanse the bloodstream and fasting is the easiest way to assist your natural systems. A two day, fresh fruit and vegetable juice only fast will lighten your liver load, flush out toxins, and increase health. Follow up the juice fast with a five day diet of whole, pure foods based on a "white" starch free foods, low fat proteins, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. Consuming plenty of fluids will also help in the detox process to cleanse your liver and promote system function. Additionally, eating foods like artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, beets, radishes, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed (that contain detoxifying compounds) will greatly assist your liver and body in the purification process.
3. Decrease Stress With Positive Neutrality.
Adopting and practicing neutrality based in a calm and consistent attitude, even in the face of the most stressful adversity, is difficult but necessary to the detoxification process. Remaining calm and neutral will decrease the amount of stress hormones released within your body and increase optimal health. Meditation and yoga are great ways to harness inner calm to manage life's inevitable stressful situations. Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity is also a necessary component of the detox process as every experience, no matter how seemingly bad, generally has a positive outcome.
The average adult is made up of fifty seven percent of water. The easiest way to promote health and flush toxins is to be certain to consume plenty fluids, in the form of at least two quarts of water per day, to provide hydration to each and every cell within your body to increase health and circulation. Additionally, fasting one day every week or so by consuming only water is an ancient tradition within many cultures around the world and will assist in the detox process.
5. Try Herbs.
Herbs are nature's medicine cabinet. Many homeopathic remedies are available to assist in the detox process and increase health. Herbs like dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle are contain compounds necessary to remove toxins from the body and liver. Green tea is also an excellent source of antioxidants and natural compounds necessary for the detox and purification process. Visiting a health food store and purchasing loose herbs for teas, tinctures, or dietary supplements will greatly improve the body's natural detox process.
Exercise is a great way to rev the metabolism, rid the body of toxins, and increase health. Exercise also increases circulation and releases healthy hormones (known as endorphins) guaranteed to chase out toxins from the body and assist in the detoxification process. The body is naturally programmed to heal upon toxin exposure and exercise is perhaps the quickest way to cleanse all organs simultaneously. Exercise promotes blood circulation, increases lymph function, and flushes out harmful materials. Be certain to breathe deeply and break a sweat to give your body the extra push it needs to pump stored toxins from your lungs, fat cells, organs, and muscles for overall, complete body detox.
7. Take Supplements.
Many over the counter supplements assist in any detox program. Purchasing supplements containing: vitamin C to stimulate the liver's natural production of glutathione a "toxin chaser;" amino acids to improve cell function and repair nerves and muscles; glutamine to prevent muscle tissue breakdown and increase and nourish muscle production; choline to increase natural liver cleansing biochemicals, metabolize fat, increase brain function, and reduce stress; inositol to increase enzyme function, stabilize mood, and assist alertness; phenylalanine to boost mood, brain activity, and all systems' function; and arginine to stimulate natural, essential hormone production, burn fat, lower cholesterol, promote muscle healing, and bolster the body's natural immunity. Supplements are a great way to assist the body during the detox process.
8. Practice Deep Breathing.
The fastest, most efficient way to instantly cleanse the body of toxins is to take a deep, cleansing breath. Deep breathing instantly releases the build up of carbon dioxide and increase vital, life supplying oxygen levels. Deep breathing helps the blood stream, lymphatic system, and respiratory system carry away toxins, promotes balance within all systems within the body, and increases health. Taking a few minutes every day to focus on inhalation and exhalation will increase the detoxifying effects of life's simplest, most necessary function: breathing.
Massage is a great, hands on means of detoxification. Massage promotes relaxation of the muscles and the release of toxins necessary to rid the body of built up toxins. When the muscles of the body are stimulated with massage, the body is able to recognize toxins faster and rid the system of them in a much more timely manner. Massage also triggers biochemicals necessary for improved immunity, helps manage chronic health issues, relieves pain associated with arthritis, and promotes circulation necessary for the body's natural detoxification process.
Getting proper amounts of and the proper quality of sleep is necessary for any detox program. The body releases a steady stream of biochemicals, like tryptophan, serotonin, and melatonin - the biochemicals necessary to repair, build, and replace cells, fight off pathogens, boost immunity, and promote health. The best ways to ensure a great night of sleep are to exercise (at least three hours before bed), avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, soak up at least 30 minutes of natural sunshine, avoid large meals and alcohol before bed, and be sure to relax before hitting the hay (make your pillow a "no thought" zone). Sleep is a vital component of good health and any detox plan.