After a hectic Christmas and New Year you may be feeling a little worse for wear. Many people are looking to revamp their diets after overindulging, but one specific area to consider is the health of your liver. This extremely important organ has several jobs, including processing food during digestion, eradicating toxins and helping to store essential fuel your body needs day to day – even while it’s getting a bit of a battering from alcohol during party season!
There are several ingredients and foods to look out for which help to boost the liver’s functions and act as a supportive supplement while it recovers after the festivities.
Liver Cleansing and Boosting Ingredients – Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is a Mediterranean herb that many recommend as a complementary ingredient for helping to restore and refresh the liver. Silymarin is its main component, and it works to provide an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant presence in the body.
We have a milk thistle tincture which is perfect for an easy way to incorporate the herb into your health routine. A typical dosage would be 1ml-5ml diluted in water which you can take up to three times a day.
Liver Cleansing and Boosting Ingredients – Turmeric
Turmeric is another ingredient that you can incorporate into your diet to help give your liver some support when it needs it most. It is touted in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as being hugely beneficial for digestion and calming the liver during these processes. Studies into its main component, curcumin, have shown that it helps to stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which the liver can then use to breakdown toxins.
Liver Cleansing and Boosting Ingredients – Dandelion Tea
Another all-natural ingredient that you can rely on to help stimulate a congested liver would be dandelion. It’s another substance that helps to ensure a proper creation of bile within the gallbladder, which makes the liver’s job even easier to promote healthy digestion. Clipper makes a lovely ‘cleansing infusion’ dandelion tea – stick a box by your kettle and you’ll feel the benefit!
Liver Cleansing and Boosting Ingredients – Green Tea
Another form of liquid goodness is green tea. Its health benefits is mainly down to the fact that it is rich in catechins, a type of antioxidant flavonoid. Not only do many people find that green tea in their diet improves various health issues, it has been said it is especially good for cleansing the liver. However, green tea extract, found in some supplements and weight loss pills, has shown potentially negative effects due to its extreme potency. Therefore, it’s best to stick to the tea which has a natural amount of these antioxidants – try this one by Clipper.
As well as individual ingredients or components, there are several other types of food that you may already be eating that benefit the liver and help it get back to its best condition. Citrus fruit, garlic, avocado, leafy greens, carrots and olive oil are all examples to pop in your shopping basket or reach for next time you’re preparing a meal.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick and easy option to cleansing your liver and promoting its functions within the body, we have specific products for this very need that are extremely easy to turn to in a pinch.
Terranova’s liver support complex capsules contain dandelion and turmeric which we have already mentioned as great standbys after some over-indulgence, as well as all natural ingredients including sea buckthorn and kale. Renew Life’s 30-day liver cleanse kit is another option for a more intensive liver cleanse rather than simply supplementing its functions. Finally Dr Stuart’s teas have a specific liver detox tea blend that combines milk thistle, dandelion and also the age-old remedy Centaury to ‘get it out your system’ as it says on the tin!
As always if you have any questions about our products, or want more information or advice about our herbs and oils, don’t hesitate to drop in or give us a call or email.