1. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet
This means eliminating or reducing inflammatory foods such as sugar, refined flour, wheat, rye, barley, oats and rice and increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits, good protein sources and good fats. Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful liver cleansing foods, and it is recommended to consume a variety of these foods. It is particularly important to have plenty of green, leafy vegetables as they are anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants. It is important to consume protein with every meal as it promotes fullness, reduces cravings, and stabilises blood sugar levels. Chicken, seafood, eggs, lean meat, certain cheeses and whey protein powder are great protein sources. Healthy fats are required to support optimal liver function and a healthy metabolism. Healthy fats are found in avocadoes, seafood, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, nut oils, raw nuts and seeds.
2. Start your day right
First thing in the morning have a glass of filtered water with the juice of half a lemon. This will stimulate your liver and digestion for the day. Fresh lemon supports good immunity, aids digestion, and detoxifies the liver. This simple step stimulates the liver and kickstarts digestion for the day ahead.
3. Stay hydrated
It is essential to drink between 1.5 and 2l of water a day to support your liver’s duty as an internal cleanser. The liver needs to be adequately hydrated to support the elimination of toxins and reduce blood pressure. Keeping your fluids up is also effective for supporting weight loss, good metabolism and adequate cell function. For extra flavour, you may wish to add some strawberries, blueberries, mint or citrus fruits to your filtered water.
4. Reduce stress
If you are someone who experiences a great deal of stress this can cause mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. In the part of the brain that controls the liver, stress was found to decrease blood flow and be a possible trigger for liver damage. To protect the liver, it is essential to find ways to combat stress such as yoga, meditation, reading a book or listening to some relaxing music.
5. Minimise toxin exposure
Eliminate or reduce the use of toxins in your home such as deodorants, air fresheners, insect sprays, cleaning products, perfumes, and dyes. Try to buy organic foods when possible to avoid high levels of pesticides. Do not use plastic when heating food in the microwave, or avoid microwaves altogether. Invest in an indoor plant that can absorb toxins in your home, and have a window open for at least 15 minutes per day to prevent toxin build-up.