Nutritional Needs

Liver Detox Plan

Our liver is the primary filter of our body. Good health is impossible without proper function of the liver. Unfortunately over time we abuse it and overstrain it so that illness is the inevitable result. Substances that over strain it include:

The liver is so important to our well-being than an unhealthy liver is very likely at the root of most serious health problems.

What are the symptoms of an unhealthy liver?

Thankfully our liver has the amazing ability to re-generate itself when we give it a chance. Giving it a chance means two things:
1) Eliminate or reduce substances which over strain the liver (see above). The more strained your liver is the more strict you need to be with this for a period of time.
2) Do a herbal cleanse or flush out your liver using liver cleansing herbs which include milk thistle, dandelion root and artichoke.

How to detox your liver

There are a number of approaches to cleansing your liver ranging from a strict 5 day cleanse to a more moderate 6 week plan.

We have outlined a 4-6 week plan, which is more easily incorporated into the modern lifestyle:

STEP 1

Begin every morning with a glass of boiled filtered water with a slice of fresh lemon

STEP 2

Drink at least 1.5 – 2 litres of filtered, mineral or well water every day. Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, coke and all fizzy minerals for at least three weeks. Herbal tea and coffee substitutes such as dandelion coffee and bamboo coffee are suitable alternatives.

STEP 3

Ideally avoid all dairy products, wheat products, sugar and sweetened foods for the six weeks; substitute with the following:

a) Eat lot of organic fresh fruit everyday. Fruits, which are most cleansing for the liver, are highly coloured fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, red apples, pears, oranges, lemon and limes. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice as they can interfere with the cleansing process.

b) Eat plenty of organic vegetables everyday. Vegetables that are particularly cleansing for the liver include cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli and also ‘liver-healers’ such as artichoke, asparagus, beetroot and celery.

c) Eat loads of sulphur-rich foods like garlic, onions, eggs and radish.

d) Include liver cleansing herbs in the diet such as parsley, watercress, chard cilantro and dandelion. Useful spices also include ground cinnamon ground ginger and nutmeg.

e) Increase intake of organic oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout and tuna. It is recommended to eat NO red meat – beef, pork, sausage or bacon. It is also recommended to minimise or eliminate white meat i.e. chicken and other poultry.

f) Drink pure fruit juices/smoothies. Either prepare from fresh fruit at home or if bought ensure they contain no added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives. NB Use fruits listed in point ‘A’ above. Pure Vegetable juices can also be drunk especially organic carrot juice or organic beetroot juice. They can even be added to soups or vegetable stir-fries.

Ideally G, H and I sections below are only introduced after the first two weeks.

g) Eat a variety of grains other than wheat, wheat is found in most
breads, breakfast cereals, pasta, buns, biscuits, cakes and pastries.

These can be replaced with;

h) Drink dairy substitutes such as Soya milk, Soya spreads, yoghurt, rice milk, goats milk and goats cheese

i) Sugar and sweetened products detract from the liver detox process. If absolutely necessary, minimise the negative effect with natural sugars found in honey, all dried fruits and organic peanut butter. Healthy snack alternatives are untreated organic seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.

STEP 4

SUPPLEMENTS: to maximise the detox it is important that you have regular bowel movement; otherwise the toxins which are being removed from the liver are not being eliminated from the body. As the toxins are being flushed from the liver you may feel sluggish, have headaches and/or achy and so it is important that these toxins are eliminated as quickly as possible- thus the importance of drinking plenty of water and regular bowel movements. Bowel function is maximised by taking a ‘colon-caring’ supplement morning and night either in the form of powdered psyllium husks (lepicol) or grounded/milled flaxseeds.

With optimum bowel movement established the liver detox is maximised by taking a liver cleansing herb such as artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion or boldo. All these herbs are available together in one product called ‘Bio-force Milk Thistle Complex’

It is also recommended to take sufficient amounts of high quality essential fatty acids daily as this improves general functioning of the whole body, for example ‘Paradox’ or flaxseed oil. A good probiotic and prebiotic supplement also maximises efficient functions of the bowel and is useful to take for at least the duration of the liver detox plan e.g. Molkosan Vitality Powder or Lifeplan Acidophilus.

STEP 5

Liver functioning is supported by healthy lifestyle choices. It is important to recognise the major detrimental negative effects on the liver of stress, worry, anxiety and emotional upsets such as guilt, anger and/or resentment. While impossible to totally avoid, balance can be achieved by regular release of tension and stress. How to do this will vary from person to person; ways that have worked for others include:

While this 5 step plan may be a challenge to complete and will take motivation and commitment, the benefits to overall health are immense and well worth the effort. Many people experience increase energy and vitality, improved clarity of mind, focus and concentration, less aches and pains, weight loss and other long term benefits. For further information or questions contact us on the phone numbers listed below.

Good luck and Good Health.

John Gribbin 07966 246 777
Anita Gribbin 028 7965 9524

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