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5 Liver Detox Tips If You Like To Party

January 13, 2016

 

Do you ever wonder how you manage to look so good even though you party five days a week?

Have you convinced yourself that a 3-day liver detox can reverse all damage from excessive booze?

Try again my friends.

Just because your body has been good to you until now, it doesn’t mean you’ll get away with partying forever.

Yes, your liver is one resilient organ. However, this organ can deteriorate quickly.

Poor lifestyle habits WILL eventually catch up to you.

While you are young, your body can tolerate partying. But with age, there are physiological changes in the body (which slows things down).

Unfortunately, a mere 3 days of liver detox shots and juices aren’t enough.

I encourage you to support your liver year round.

Follow the principles of a healthy lifestyle at least 80% of the time. This means adequate fiber, purified water, and nutrient-dense foods.

Plus good sleep practices, regular exercise and stress management techniques.

Nutritional supplements like omega-3 fish oils, probiotics, and B vitamins may also be a good idea.

Since the liver is your major detox organ, it works 24 hours a day. This vital organ processes virtually everything you are exposed to and filters everything in your bloodstream.

In today’s world, if you choose to party like a rock star, you’ve likely got your liver working overtime.

Here are 5 liver detox tips:

1. As much as possible, add these liver detox foods to your diet:

Cruciferous vegetables, lemons, dark leafy greens, garlic, goji berries, beets, ginger, walnuts, artichokes and avocado.

2. Upon rising every morning, consume this liver detox water.

  • 1 cup of warm filtered water
  • ¼ sliced lemon
  • handful of chopped mint leaves
  • freshly-grated ginger
  • dash of turmeric

Also, before you reach for your Americano, consider having a cup of liver detox tea with ingredients like dandelion root, milk thistle, nettle leaf, and cilantro leaf.

These herbs assist with healthy liver function and better digestion.

3. Consume 35 ml of water per kilogram of body weight daily.

Also ensure fibre intake is 25-35 grams per day. Excellent sources of high quality fiber are chia seeds, flax seeds, and fruits/vegetables.

4. Eat adequate protein.

Protein will not only support a healthier body, it provides energy to the liver for proper detoxification.

Choose hemp protein, quinoa, legumes, wild caught fish, nuts/seeds, or organic turkey and chicken.

5. Get quality sleep.

To support a healthy nervous system, help manage stress, and increase energy levels, it’s recommended that you get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep.

If you struggle with getting adequate sleep, consider taking 200mg of L-Theanine in supplement form, which increases GABA levels in the brain.

Researchers found that brain GABA levels are 30 percent lower in insomniacs compared to sound sleepers.

Also, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about adding a vitamin B Complex and Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic adaptogen, to your supplement routine.

Since the world is filled with toxic material, your liver needs daily support.

A measly 3-day liver detox once per year will not reverse the negative effects of excessive alcohol, junk food, stress, and poor sleep habits – AKA the party lifestyle.

These poor lifestyle habits place a burden on the liver and once your liver function slows down, your health is compromised.

I can’t say for sure, but my guess is that your liver’s health is pretty important to you.

Happy Cleansing!

 

Dr.Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and is the Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada. She is a leader in the health and wellness industry and is regularly featured as a sought-after expert on television programs and in health publications. Dr. Sara carries over 15 years experience and her private practice and work in the community is focused on digestive health, detoxification, and clinical nutrition.
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