The liver plays a very important role in cleansing the body.
In fact, every minute the liver filters 2L of blood. Everything you eat and drink is absorbed by the intestines and transported directly to the liver via the Portal-Venous System for filtering before it can move into the circulation of the body. After we absorb food and drink, the liver decides what is excreted through the bowels and urine and what remains in the body.
When the liver is overloaded, it is simply not able to properly filter and immediately remove toxins. Nor is it able to keep up with general housekeeping in the body. When we eat clean and reduce alcohol, however, the liver has so much more energy to dedicate to filtering and detoxifying.
There are many factors that stress the liver and overwork it.
Common environmental and lifestyle factors that put extra strain on liver function include:
- Food additives/processed foods
- Cleaning products
- Water pollution
- Air pollution
- Personal care/beauty products
Your liver is working especially hard during this cleanse to help rid your body of toxins. In addition to eating clean and reducing alcohol, there are other great tools that you can use to support your liver function.
Eat foods which supercharge your liver, including:
- Cruciferous vegetables (collard greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, cabbage)
- Glutathione rich foods (avocado, asparagus, walnuts)
- Leafy green
Teas that support the liver include:
- Milk thistle
Castor oil packs and your liver
Castor oil packs over the liver are a great way to draw more blood and nourishment toward your hard working liver. You can find castor oil at Fiddleheads, and they also sell full castor oil kits. For instructions on how to do castor oil treatments CLICK HERE. It's cheap and easy to do! I recommend doing it while reading, watching your favourite TV show or relaxing.
For best results, do castor oil treatments 3 - 4/week for 30 - 45 min. You can continue to do this treatment all year through! For your information, your liver is located under the bottom half of your right ribcage.
Turmeric Latte aka Golden Milk
- 1 tbs turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 cup milk alternative
- Sprinkle of ground pepper (to help absorb the turmeric)
If you have a juicer this is a great liver-loving recipe! If you don't have a juicer, a high powered blender can allow you to create the same recipe - just add approximately a cup of water to create a juice.
- 1 large beet root
- 4 leaf red cabbage
- 3 medium carrots
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 apple
- 1/4 pineapple - 1/4 fruit
- 2 handfulls spinach