15 Tips for Detoxing Your Liver

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The liver is an essential organ that helps to keep the human body free of toxins. It performs important functions in almost every part of your body, from balancing your cholesterol levels to filtering your blood. Painkillers, prescription medications, alcohol, and other toxins can overload the liver and reduce its ability to function. Detoxing your liver helps to flush out toxins and improve the health of your liver. Here are 15 tips for detoxing your liver.

1. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a plant that has been used for centuries to treat diseases of the liver and gall bladder. It’s been used by Europeans to heal various liver-related ailments as far back as 2,000 years ago! The plant got its name from the milky fluid that oozes from the leaves when they are crushed.

One of milk thistle’s active compound is called, Silymarin, a potent antioxidant. It is used to reduce inflammation, inhibit the production of toxins, and prevent further damage to the liver. Milk thistle’s detoxifying and cleansing properties are so potent; it’s even believed to slow down the progression of severe liver damage or liver cirrhosis.

Milk thistle is available as a tincture that can be used to aid the process of liver detoxification.  Apart from acting as a detoxifier to the liver, and prevent alcohol-related liver diseases, milk thistle is also used to treat other conditions including chronic hepatitis, acute viral hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis as well as hepatic toxicity due to frequent steroid usage.

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  • Lisa Marie Sullivan

    My mother drank a glass of lukewarm water with two-three spoons of apple cider vinegar for the last 10 years after her physician recommended this to reduce her leg swelling. As a result, she also managed to lose 10 pounds over the course of a year, all this without dieting or working out. I’m sure she had a ton of other unknown benefits as a result of this habit.

    • Samantha Rotterns

      I was about to say the same thing! I’ve been drinking water with apple cider vinegar in the morning for years and I can tell you this is a healthier detox than the fads you see in magazines today. It’s cheap, healthy, and natural and has zero-side effects. Oh, I’ve read recently that Heidi Klum used it to shed some pounds so…

    • Shartnado

      hey whats up

    • asmith

      Great to hear

  • Anette Cecilie

    I seem to bump into articles that praise the benefits of grapefruit seed extract, this really made me very excited about it, and I will have to try it myself. Do you recommend a certain brand or as long as I choose something natural everything will be fine? Thanks for this insightful article.

    • Xochi Ax

      I’ve been using the NutriBiotic brand of Grapefruit Seed extract for years. I take it for either lung, nasal or skin infections, instead of taking antibiotics. It doesn’t work as fast as antibiotics, but it definitely works for me. In fact, the bottle that I bought 4-5 years ago is still effective. I hope that answers your question, Anette.

    • http://www.theartofmassage-timreimer.abmp.com/ tim reimer

      Love the movie Amelie

  • Georgina Bianca

    Turmeric is truly a godsend. Studies have shown this miracle plant is effective even in treating cancer. My mother used this a lot when we were little to spice or color her food and I remember her taking turmeric pills when she had headaches. I didn’t know this plant has detoxifying results, would have to give turmeric tea a try.

  • Shartnado

    I wonder if lemon juice is as good as a lemon wedge

  • Scott

    Is it recommended to consume all of the products listed in the article everyday?

  • Spiro Agnew

    Tumeric is seriously Cancer Causing.

    • SNAKE EYES

      I believe the correct spelling is turmeric, and it has been used beneficially in ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and is still widely used today for its medicinal properties.

  • Karabukov

    Those aren’t walnuts. They’re pecan nuts.

    • haha

      I wanted to say the same thing…

  • cary breeef

    what idiots THOSE ARE PECANS

  • cary breeef

    and that seaweed has jellyfish in it

  • Jasmine M Turcotte

    no mention of water? lol.

  • Karl

    I have a grapefruit tree in my backyard that produces some of the best grapefruit you’ll ever have. Every morning I take several grapefruit and throw them in my juicer for breakfast. I’m 57, I’ve weighed the same weight since I was 32, have a great sex life, and knock on wood haven’t been sick for many years. Maybe its the grapefruit or maybe I just have good genes.

  • Karl

    I have a grapefruit tree in my backyard that produces some of the best grapefruit you’ll ever have. Every morning I take several grapefruit and throw them in my juicer for breakfast. I’m 57, I’ve weighed the same weight since I was 32, have a great sex life, and knock on wood haven’t been sick for many years. Maybe its the grapefruit or maybe I just have good genes.

  • andre brown

    great… for those who has a joints problems , redness ,swollen leg’s, etc. How about a 2 lb. of a baking soda , mix with warm water in your bath (mixed must cover your body…( have to move back and forth :) … no joke)) for an hour and1/2 , add some hot water time to time (to keep warm) , once a week course … result’s will be after 2-3 course’s ! God bless …

  • TVOD

    Until today, I never understood how the
    italian liquor “Cynar” got it’s name!
    Now I know! Thanks!

  • Lyman_Sweetwater

    How do you cure a man with perpetual rancid anus gas?

  • Lyman_Sweetwater

    I have a massive GOO bazooka with big bacci balls…

  • maccy

    I was enjoying this article and agreed with several bits of advice. What I cannot get nor really want to accept was the comment stating walnuts are great for liver detox but the photo is clearly pecans. What gives with that? Granted pecans are mentioned in the last sentence but one does not get the impression they are the #1 choice for cleansing. Shame on the author for this decision. Keep it accurate.

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