Looking after your liver naturally
22 December, 2017
It’s the middle of our festive celebrations and we hope you have had a fabulous time. Celebrations can mean we eat more rich food and drink more alcohol than normal. This puts our liver under some strain.
Why does our liver matter?
Your liver is your main detox unit in the body. It is an amazing organ and can repair itself. Functions your liver performs include:
- Storing nutrients
- Cleansing the blood of toxins
- Converting the nutrients we absorb into a form we can use
Symptoms of an unhealthy liver include but are not exclusive to:
- Tiredness or chronic fatigue
- Gut issues
- Allergies and other immune issues
- Heart problems
Simple tips to help your liver
The following ideas will help your liver without you making any big dietary changes. They are all easily incorporated into your daily regime.
- Start your day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice. This warms up your system gently and prepares for the breakfast you will eat. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C too. We all benefit from extra vitamin C during the winter season.
This can be a year round habit. Hydration is really important for a healthy body. If you struggle to drink enough water why not drop some slices of lemon or orange into your water to give it a bit more zing?
- Avocado is a wonderful source of healthy fat and it helps us balance of cholesterol levels. Why not try mashed avocado and tomato on some tasty bread for breakfast?
- Garlic is a great support for the immune system and helper to keep the winter cold at bay. In addition, garlic clears out toxins, it helps reduce cholesterol and it protects us from toxicity.
Garlic is a great flavour boost to our winter soups and stews. Who doesn’t love a slice of garlic bread with their pasta or pizza? So it is an easy ingredient to add to your life and support your liver too!
- Walnuts are part of the festive season so it is easy to grab a handful as you pass the bowl! Add them to salads, cakes and breads. These nuts are great for giving you extra omega 3 and helping your liver detoxify
- Turmeric is a favourite ingredient of ours as you know. We talk about the benefits of turmeric all the time. Just to remind you turmeric is anti-inflammatory and great for your joints. Plus it helps produce the enzymes that flush out toxins from your liver.
Who doesn’t enjoy a curry with some turmeric to warm you on a winters evening? This is another easy way to help your liver.
- Apple Cider Vinegar has enough uses for a blog of its own. In brief, use it as a gargle to fight off winter germs. It is great for fighting head lice and nail fungus. If you have problems with reflux then drink some warm water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before your meal. This will soothe your gut and improve your digestion. If that isn’t enough it balances pH levels too. All the more help for your liver.
- Coconut oil is another healthy fat and again deserves a blog of its own. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral so a great support for the immune system. Use it as cooking oil or substitute it for other fats in your cooking. Coconut oil isn’t stored in the body so it is a healthy fat that doesn’t clog up your body or your liver
- Healthy liver herbs are milk thistle and dandelion. Both are really excellent for supporting a sluggish liver. The A.Vogel Milk Thistle complex gives you Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Artichoke and Peppermint. This is one of our favourite liver solutions because it offers such an effective combination.
- Fermented foods such as kefir and Kombucha are not only favourites of ours but fantastic for your liver. They offer you lots of beneficial enzymes which are really helpful for your liver.
- High antioxidant foods such as berries give further aid to our livers so make sure you grab a handful each day
Of course, the good news is we can supply you with all of these products from the organic lemons, avocado and garlic through to the supplements and apple cider vinegar plus the coconut oil!
The best support for your liver is a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Key choices for a healthy liver
- Avoid the following
- Sugary foods and drinks
- Processed foods
- Organic vegetables and fruit
- Whole grains
- Nuts, seeds
- Coconut oil
- Fresh herbs
- Leafy greens
- Local raw honey
- Make exercise part of your daily regime. By moving your fat moves too don’t give it a chance to get stored in your liver.
Your liver is an important organ and there is so much more to say. We just wanted to give you some simple ideas that you can incorporate into your lives. If you are planning a New Year detox this will ease you in gently!
Love your liver and enjoy a healthy 2018
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