5 Top ways to look after your liver
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The popular western diet that is high in fatty, processed foods, and is associated with excessive alcohol consumption places a heavy burden on our already overworked livers. A healthy well-balanced diet is essential to provide the liver with sufficient nutrients for liver detoxification and for good health.

Dandelion root

Dandelion Root is widely regarded as a supreme liver tonic. Dandelion root helps stimulate liver detoxification which helps clear toxins from the body. This herb also increases the secretion of digestive juices and enzymes, which assists digestion and liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion root also helps improve the digestion of fats. Dandelion root is beneficial for people with sluggish liver function due to poor diet or alcohol abuse. It’s restorative to the liver and helps reduce the risk of gallstones. Dandelion root granules are a healthy caffeine-free alternative to coffee. Add 1 teaspoon of granules to a cup of boiling water, and add milk. Dandelion root is also available in tablet and liquid form (usually in liver tonics).

Increase sulfur-containing foods

Sulfur-containing foods contain unique sulfur compounds that are needed for the liver’s detoxification processes. They are important as they help support the liver’s ability to detoxify chemicals and remove them safely out of the body. Sulfur-containing compounds are one of the primary types of molecules used to help the liver detoxify several medications, food additives, toxins from intestinal bacteria and the environment, and pesticides. Include sulfur-containing foods in the diet such as onions, garlic, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts), and eggs.

Reduce your toxic load

Unfortunately we ingest toxins daily in the foods we eat, in the water we drink and in the air we breathe. All these toxins put extra pressure on our hard working livers and can have a negative impact on our health. Lighten your toxic load by eating fresh organic produce that’s free of pesticide and herbicide residue, eat wholesome unprocessed foods that don’t contain artificial additives, and drink plenty of filtered water. Your liver will love you for it!

St Mary’s thistle

St Mary’s Thistle or Milk thistle is widely used by herbalists throughout the world for its ability to treat and protect the liver. Milk thistle enhances liver detoxification, helping to remove toxins from the liver and body. This valuable herb has the ability to protect the liver and regenerate injured liver cells. Silymarin, a bioflavanoid compound present in Milk thistle, acts as a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent fee radical damage in the body, as well as having anti-cancerous properties. The dried herb can be taken as a tea up to 3 cups a day. Milk thistle is also available in tablet or fluid extract form from health food stores.