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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 compounds is called, silymarin, a potent antioxidant that is several times more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E. It is used to reduce inflammation, inhibit the production of toxins, and prevent further damage to the liver. Of all the silymarins found in milk thistle, silybin has been found to be the most effective in the promotion of liver health. This is why milk thistle supplements contain high doses of silybin.

Milk thistle’s detoxifying and cleansing properties are so potent that it’s even believed to slow down the progression of severe liver damage or liver cirrhosis. Apart from acting as a detoxifier to the liver and preventing alcohol-related liver diseases, milk thistle is also used to treat other conditions that affect the liver including chronic hepatitis, acute viral hepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis, as well as hepatic toxicity due to frequent steroid usage.

Milk thistle is available as a tincture that can be used to aid the process of liver detoxification. It is also available in extract form as supplements. In general, the more silymarin it contains, the better the supplement. Recommended doses for milk thistle supplementation vary among individuals, but are usually between 140 mg and 300 mg taken 2 to 3 times daily.

If the supplement contains phosphatidylcholine complex, less of it may be consumed since it promotes better absorption of these liver-detoxifying agents. In which case, you only have to take 100-200 mg once or twice a day. The presence of artichoke, boldo, dandelion, licorice, and turmeric decreases the recommended dosage to 100-140 mg which should be taken 2 to 3 times daily.

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  • Nutri-Fusion

    Liver health is so crucial for everything! Thanks for the ideas.

  • ( )

    If you want to detox your liver then stop drinking alcohol completely. Don’t take unnecessary medications, don’t eat sugar, cut sugar right out of your diet; soda, coffee etc,. Eat lots of vegetables and cut back on protein to maybe 100 to 150 grams per day. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit.

  • Nero

    Garlic also thins your blood and in Roman times it was considered an aphrodisiac

  • just my opinion

    I’m surprised I didn’t see Kombucha as a liver cleanser. Not the watered down expensive stuff in stores, but the kind you ferment yourself at home. I know for fact it works to get your liver enzymes in the normal range. I drink at least 6 oz every day, I mix it with juice because I don’t like the vinegary taste too much.

  • MindFury

    I read grapefruit isn’t good if you have HepC.

  • Larry Major

    1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

    This is one of my favorites and easily one of the most effective
    remedies for kidney stones and the pain they cause. At the first symptom
    of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon
    juice.

    Drink it straight and follow with a 12 ounce glass of purified water.
    Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into 12 ounces of
    purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and
    drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe
    every hour until symptoms improve.

    Do this or run up a bill with the doctors.

    Also google lemon juice and olive oil for gallstones!

    Don’t forgot the epsom salt for the gallstones…..not sure if it was or
    not, had no insurance so didn’t go to doc, but felt and had all the
    symptoms of a gall bladder/gallstone issue. Awful pain, put me in bed
    for the day. Did some reading, tried the lemon juice, olive oil, and
    epsom salt drink….absolutely awful

  • BoBoNoNo

    First thing to do is to take a class on Human Anatomy and Physiology. Systemic probably better than regional, unless you intend to become a surgeon. THEN read about the liver. Lots of bad stuff flows into it. I filters and and “kills off” lots of bad stuff, like old, red blood cells that have been replaced and need to have their bio-parts recycled by the body. But, there are SOME things that don’t get filtered. Hepatitis (esp. type C) is one of them. IF you decide to take any of this stuff, do additional reading and run it by your doctor. Don’t play russian roulette with your liver. It’s tough, but even the liver can be defeated by a lack of research and naive belief in homeopathic and pseudo-homeopathic remedies.

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