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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  • Charles Hammond

    I put onions and turmeric in chili along with garlic. Then a can of spicy v8 juice for lots of vegetables. I am also wondering about other foods such as ginger and mung beans. Ginger is a detoxifier in a tea form which is often mixed with cinnamon and boiled. Mung beans have been used to make teas which are designed to detoxify the body of toxins. Mung beans are also used to make Korean pancakes. Mung beans are one of oldest food items and have been continually used down through the ages. I was also thinking that turmeric is in curry.

  • Charles Hammond

    How does the grape seed extract compare to grape seed oil?

  • Charles Hammond

    Next you will be saying Americans should eat buckwheat noodles. Buckwheat is made from the seeds of a flowering plant that grows in cooler climates. In Korea they eat buckwheat noodles both cold in the summer and hot in the winter. I like it because it is good for diabetics because the body does not convert it to sugar.

  • Charles Hammond

    Tumeric studies involved taking massive quantities every day for 2 years. If you take too much of any herb it could be harmful. Dosages ranged between 80 and 8,400 mg/kg of body weight daily for two years. (i.23, 64) You can also die from eating too much cinnamon at once. Someone just had to try that on a challenge. Taking things in moderation makes a lot of sense.

  • shortysmrs

    Grapefruit for high blood pressure can be deadly if you are on medication for high BP, also for liver disease……..many meds used to treat these two things DO NOT mix well with grapefruit. I just recently found out about this, I had no idea……..

  • Delta B

    Studies have been done to show that Curcumin – the coloring agent in Turmeric – taken for Cirrohsis of the Liver has cured high % of the cases…..as I remember, it was in the 90%s. I’d have to look at notes to remember exactly……but, I do remember it impressing me when I learned it from Dr. Richard Becker on his show, ‘Your Health”. He does a lot of research and is a cancer survivor who was healed thru natural herbs when regular medicine failed to cure him. Curcumin is excellent anti-inflammatory and when combined with Boswellia is also an excellent pain reliever without side effects of organ damage.

  • Delta B

    ALSO – I want to thank the author of this well done article. The photos were awesome, recipes useful (altho’ the artichoke dip looked yummy and I was disappointed there was no recipe for it!!), and information accurate. I’m using this article to teach my grandson about these foods. Yesterday he had to read a booklet that identified Dandelions as problematic weeds worthy to be destroyed….showing chemical spraying. I was amazed at my reaction to that common view of this wonderful plant. When I told him differently, I secretly wished he’d go back to school and point the teacher in the right direction.

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