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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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  • potter19

    Dandelion greens and burdock specifically come out in the spring to aid detox of the liver.

  • Dawn

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  • gmbuylow

    I drink 4-6 beers every night for 57 years with no complications . I’m in great health , weigh 195 lbs, 5′ 9″ , and when I visit my doctor he claims I’m in excellent condition.

  • Audrey Reynolds

    I use coconut water to detox my kidney after a night of too much wine. And then coconut oil, lately for convenience Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil soap home-made by Positively Flawless to detox my skin and hair (shampoo in a bar). Maybe I’ll plant coconut in my backyard — or move to Florida or Hawaii, lol.

  • Rocky

    A good 8J before work is all you really need to brighten up the morning and call the body to attention……..

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  • BLS

    People, turmeric is not to be played with. It is very powerful. It can be very unhealthy and like anything, what is good for one person might be way bad for another. A little sprinkle on food, or cooking with it sure, but if you take it by milligrams daily, it WILL thin your blood, because it is a blood thinner. If you don’t have a blood clotting problem, and you take something that is going to thin your blood, it can cause serious problems. I took it for inflammation for 4 months 1 pill 600mg hoping it would help, like some articles called for, and ending up with sharp stabbing pains in top of my head for weeks, finally so bad I ended up in the emergency room. They couldn’t find anything wrong, gave IV for pain and when they took it out, I bled all over the place. Got home that night and Googled turmeric, and found out it is a blood thinner. Got off it immediately and the horrible sharp all day pain in my head went away in 24 hours. All these natural remedies they talk about today and are pushing in the media articles…watch out…be careful what you put in your body…seriously… it could end up hurting you. I’m just glad I figured out it was the turmeric.

  • Rebecca Walker Donaldson

    Watch out for milk thistle. I took it and had an extreme allergic reaction to it. Not a good thing for those with allergies.

  • DMShelley

    Sorry, green tea is not good for your liver. Consult your doctor.

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