Springtime Liver Cleanse (yes, you need to read this)

liver-148108_1280with copy It’s out with the old and in with the new for springtime, and the same should go for toxin build up in your body. Cleansing should occur at least once a year, but it is also suggested that as the seasons change, a good cleanse can better prepare us for the changes of the seasons. Just like the temperature, the foods we eat during each season changes. Going from spring to summer, the body is working up for some of the busiest months of the year.

Traditionally, cultures all around the world have practiced seasonal cleansing in all types of different ways. Today, let’s talk about a liver cleanse.

I know this is not a sexy subject but I promise very interesting one topic. 

The liver functions to takes toxins out of the body, earning it’s spot as one of the hardest working organs in our bodies! The liver works with many other organs in our body to detox blood, produce bile, hormone breakdowns, and acts as a storage facility for our vitamins and minerals. If the liver is not functioning properly, it affects many other areas of our body.

Some more important functions of the liver include removing old blood cells, helping the intestines process nutrients, chemical production for blood clotting, the breakdown and metabolizing of alcohol and consumed medications, and the production of necessary proteins and cholesterol. When people hear ‘liver disease’ they typically think of alcoholism, but that is not the only cause of liver disease or liver failure.

Some other risk factors associated with liver disease include low potassium levels, drug use, exposure to certain chemicals, obesity, processed foods, viral infections and autoimmune diseases.

Some symptoms of an underperforming liver includes gas or bloating, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, yellowish tint to skin and eyes, high blood pressure, difficulty losing weight, cognitive difficulties, dark urine, chronic fatigue, poor appetite, and chronic fatigue.

If you want to support your liver, there are certain foods you should ensure are in your diet. These foods include beets, carrots, tomatoes, grapefruit, spinach, citrus fruits, cabbage, turmeric, walnuts, avocados, apples, brussels sprouts, garlic, dandelion root, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green tea, artichoke, olive oil, and alternative grains like quinoa, millet and buckwheat.

There are many diets, supplements, and programs available to cleanse your liver; you need to find the one that is best for you. Consult your doctor if you have concerns or questions. Below are some general tips that have worked for me:

  • Hydrate!
  • Eat clean and organic
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a low-fat diet that is high in fiber
  • Take a probiotic
  • Eat lighter meals 5 to 6 times a day
  • Get the proper amount of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco products
  • Avoid processed foods and whole grains

You will find that when you are have completed your liver cleanse, you should notice more energy, improved digestion, and vibrant looking skin. You will also have better mental clarity and cognitive functioning, along with a boost to your immune system and more balanced blood sugar levels.

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Keeping the liver happy,