So, You Want To Detox.
Small, everyday habits to keep your liver happy
Detox. A huge buzzword. We hear it all the time “I’m detoxing” or have you heard of that “new detox”. From coffee enemas to extreme juice cleanses, we all crave that cleansed, fresh, new slate feeling.
Well. What if I told you that your body actually contains a very powerful detoxifying organ? An organ that filters all the sh*t you put in your body. That’s right, your liver. Of course, we must treat our livers with care for it to perform at its best. Those binge drinking nights definitely rough your liver up a bit. It can withstand a couple bruises here and there as it is the one organ that has the capacity to regenerate. But, I strongly believe that everyday you should give that lil guy some love and affection. This will ensure your liver is functioning optimally.
Your liver is located in your upper right quadrant, below your diaphragm and is protected by those lower ribs. It’s been estimated that the liver performs over 500 vital functions! Some include:
· Metabolizes fat, carbohydrates, and proteins; breaking them
down to be easier digested or storing carbohydrates (glucose)
as glycogen for quick energy
· Stores vitamins and minerals; particularly those fat soluble
vitamins like A, D, E & K
· Filters blood; removing any harmful substances such as alcohol
· Produces bile; bile will assist the small intestine in absorbing
fats and soluble vitamins
I strongly believe that everyday you should give that lil guy some love and affection. This will ensure your liver is functioning optimally.
What can we do everyday to help support our liver?
1. Reduce our intake of saturated fats.
As mentioned, the liver metabolizes fat, reducing our consumption allows the liver to focus on bigger and better jobs
2. Reduce our alcohol intake.
This is a vital one. When we binge drink we put our liver into overdrive. During the breakdown of alcohol, it produces chemicals that are very toxic to the liver. Adding drugs to the mix is a recipe for disaster. Alcohol and Tylenol can lead to acute liver failure. So, let’s avoid popping those after a night of binge drinking. Or better yet, let’s just not binge drink.
3. Add lemon water to your AM ritual.
Starting the day out with a glass of lemon water is a great simple addition to your morning ritual, it wakes up your liver and stimulates that bile flow.
4. Increase dark leafy greens & cruciferous veg in your diet.
Increasing your intake of dark leafy greens such as kale and cruciferous veg like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage will support the liver in producing those good enzymes. These enzymes will help remove harmful toxins.
5. Drink About Last Night.
About Last Night was created to help heal those punches your liver took the night before. However, because it contains liver healing botanicals, it’s a great choice to help give your liver some well-deserved TLC on a regular basis.
Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion Root): improves liver function by helping remove any toxins
Berberis aquifolium (Oregon Grape): helps correct liver function and promote bile flow
Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle): a very strong and well known liver tonic that will also provide protection to your liver
Chamomile and rosehips are also in this blend; chamomile will help soothe your stomach, while rosehips are full of vitamin C.
Making this tea, the roots and milk thistle seeds are put into a mortar and pestle and ground up, allowing them to release all their power when added to hot water.
Making some changes mentioned above and incorporating About Last Night into a daily ritual, will allow your liver to function at its best and will help shift you from doing any drastic, intense detoxing.