Our liver is a busy bee. One of the body’s largest organs, it helps circulate our blood 1,200 times each day. It helps remove toxins, produce bile that’s imperative in digesting food, balances hormones, and helps store nutrients and vitamins that our body needs.
Sometimes our liver needs a little extra support, so if you’re experiencing any symptoms consider a liver cleanse to get things back on track.
Sluggish Liver Symptoms
If your liver isn’t functioning at its fullest, you’ll know. Symptoms include indigestion, constipation, moodiness, depression, dizziness, headaches, fluctuating blood sugar, trouble concentrating, poor memory, and foggy brain. Even things like hay fever, hives, skin rashes, and asthma are signs that your liver needs a boost.
Body Care Products and Liver Health
Many of the body care products we use every day — lotions, cosmetics, and perfumes — contain harmful chemicals that enter the blood stream in minutes. These chemicals can place even more stress on the liver, as well as lead to infertility, difficult pregnancies, and disrupt menstrual cycles. Read the ingredients carefully and choose natural products whenever you can.
Morning Liver Cleanse
- 1 large grapefruit
- 2 lemons
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
- 1 inch of fresh ginger root
- dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Squeeze the juice of the grapefruit and lemon into a blender. Next, grate the ginger and squeeze this into the juice. Add the water and oil, then blend for 30 seconds. Add a dash of cayenne if desired.
For best results, drink an hour before breakfast.
If you’re pressed for time and want to keep it simple, try one of these options instead:
Hot Grapefruit Water Cleanse
- 3.5 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
Hot Lemon Water Cleanse
- 1 cup warm water
- The juice of one lemon or lime
It’s a great idea to cleanse your liver to help flush out toxins, but it’s important to get plenty of fresh, nourishing food every day to keep your body functioning at its best.