5 things that make our liver happy 🙂 : Our liver is one of our most important organs, performing over 100 different functions, so if it isn’t functioning well then we have a problem. A poorly-functioning liver can even effect your skin with oilyness and blemishes, yikes!! So lets make that liver happy and healthy!
1: Milk Thistle! This is a well known liver detoxifying herb, it helps protect liver cells from damage due to toxins.
2: Licorice: don’t like the taste of licorice? You better start getting used to it! This powerful herb helps protect the liver, AND it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, a double win!
3: Dandelion root: Producing bile is one of the ways the liver eliminates toxins, and this herb increases bile flow, therefore assisting in detoxification of the liver.
4: Lemons! When life gives you lemons, squeeze them into your water! This fruit is considered a liver cleanser and detoxifier because it aids in fat metabolism, sweet!
5: Don’t get so drunk: We all know alcohol is bad for our liver, but why? Well one of the liver’s jobs is filtering toxins out of the blood ( alcohol is a toxin ), and as soon as the liver becomes overwhelmed with alcohol and can no longer filter it, that is when we begin to feel drunk. So if you are someone who is a “lightweight” your liver just might not be as efficient at detoxifying. Needless to say, If you are going to get drunk, drink lots of water as well to give your liver some love.
You can look for Milk Thistle, Licorice, and Dandelion root in teas as well as supplements.
Reference: “Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medecine (21st century edition)” , 2006, by Elson M. Haas, MD. with Buck Levin, PhD, RD.