Did you know that your liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body?
As the biggest gland in the body, your liver has many vital jobs to keep you alive and well. Most importantly, the liver helps to detoxify the blood to get rid of harmful substances.
The primary functions of the liver are:
- Bile production and excretion
- Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs
- Metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
- Enzyme activation
- Storage of glycogen, vitamins, and minerals
- Synthesis of plasma proteins, such as albumin, and clotting factors
- Blood detoxification and purification
Due to these important activities, the liver is exposed to a number of insults and is one of the body’s organs most subject to injury.
The good news is that the liver is remarkably efficient at renewing itself and so when given a chance the cells in the liver can regenerate and work as they should.
A good first step: Eliminate as much of the processed foods from your diet as you can and drink more water(half of your weight in ounces- if you weigh 200 lb drink 100 oz per day). Make sure to drink only clean water and add minerals to the water. Learn how to make your own Sole water at home.
Skip most processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol, and focus on whole, preferably organic foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, sustainably raised meats, fish, eggs, and minimally processed oils, such as extra virgin/cold press olive oil or coconut oil.
Supplements For Liver Support
There are some individual nutrients that hold promise for supporting liver health by protecting against injury from chemicals or toxins, stimulating bile production, and more.
The following supplements are all generally safe, but you should still talk to a health care professional before taking one or more to ensure they don’t interfere with your current medications:
- Dandelion root
- Black Peppercorn
- Cinnamon bark
- Burdock root
- Fennel seed
- Juniper berry
- Licorice root
- Orange peel
- Pau d’ Arco bark
- Sassafras root bark
- Ginger root
- Uva Ursi leaf
- Horsetail herb
- Parsley leaf
Activated Charcoal for Toxin Binding
Activated charcoal can help bind to and remove toxins that are circulating in your system. However, it can also bind minerals and vitamins, so you should take it between meals and away from other supplements.
Allow a minimum of 1-2 hrs in between meals and activated charcoal supplement.
Practice self-care on the regular basis.
Too much stress in your life can negatively affect your liver. Unchecked stress is detrimental to your health in a number of other ways, contributing to digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. Adopt healthy habits that promote calm in your life.
Aromatherapy baths once or twice a week can do the trick. Try detox bath with Epsom salts, baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil—it will soothe your senses, relieve achy joints, and help you sweat out some toxins.
Castor Oil Pack For liver Support
Castor oil is hands down the best option for purifying the liver of harmful toxins.
Castor Oil packs were the number one treatment prescribed by Edgar Cayce and a preferred prescription of Naturopathic Doctors due to it’s gentle yet powerful action on optimizing the natural function of the liver and gallbladder.
Because castor oil packs can be messy most people overlook and skip this most important liver cleanse alternative.
I found using premade Castor oil packs can be a time and lifesaver. You can make one yourself if you are into sewing or DIY. If not, you can check out already made for you Castor Oil Pack.
Because you will be using this oil to help with liver detox, make sure to purchase castor oil in a dark glass bottle, cold-pressed, Organic, and Hexane free.
Ultimately, a liver cleanses or detox is a lifestyle change.
There’s no magic bullet when it comes to a liver cleanse or detox. However, there are a number of ways to reduce your liver’s workload and promote overall health. Incorporate some of the suggestions above (preferably under the supervision of your health care provider), and over time, your body and liver will thank you.