How to look after your liver
The liver is responsible for detoxification, metabolising & recycling.
The liver protects us from all the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. A sluggish liver can cause fatigue & skin problems due to excess toxins circulating around the body.
The liver produces bile to aid digestion & metabolise fats into energy. A sluggish liver is unable to metabolise fat leading to nausea after meals, weight gain & digestive problems.
The liver recycles hormones, ridding excess hormones from the body. A sluggish liver can lead to hormone imbalance.
Signs Of A Sluggish Liver…
- Feeling sluggish, tired & fatigued most of the time
- Thick white or yellow coated tongue
- Bad breath
- Acne or skin irritations
- Weight Gain – especially around the abdomen
- Food cravings
- Blood Sugar Spikes & Lows
- Poor digestion – Constipation, Bloating, Wind
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Hormone Imbalance
- Intolerance of strong smells – perfume, car fumes etc.
- Pain in the right side of the stomach
How To Give Your Liver Some Support…
- Eliminate refined & processed foods.
- Eat fresh, pesticide free fruits & vegetables. Beetroot, cruciferous vegetables and bitter vegetables – chicory, lettuce, rocket, leafy greens are particularly beneficial to the liver
- Substitute poor quality oils & fats to organic oils such as olive oil, coconut oil etc. & use sparingly
- Switch from frying foods to steaming, roasting or sautéing on a low heat
- Eliminate or reduce alcohol & eliminate or minimise coffee
- Start the day with a large glass of water with fresh lemon juice, to flush out the system & rehydrate the body
- Squeeze citrus juice over your food
- Give your liver a break – avoid snacking & consider intermittent fasting once a week or more
- Drink plenty of water & herbal teas throughout the day
- Drink Dandelion Root Tea
- Turmeric – add to curries or drink Turmeric Lattes
- Take Milk Thistle (capsules or tincture)
- Use natural products in your home & on your body
- Use glass storage containers or BPA free tupperware
- Use glass or stainless steel water bottles
- Exercise regularly
- Release emotions, especially anger as it manifests in the liver – talk to someone, let it out, don’t bottle it up!