Here are Jordan Lohan’s top tips on keeping your liver happy and healthy the natural way.
If you do not want to, or cannot carry out a cleanse, then here are some simple ideas for the transition into spring time that focus on the liver, and always opt for organic as much as possible:
Begin your mornings…
With 1 tsp raw honey, 1/2 lemon (juice of), 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, in a large glass of warm water – this is a real hug in a mug for the liver (i actually do this all year round with organic cinnamon thrown in too).
Consume more raw vegetables…© encrier Depositphotos
Especially greens, cruciferous and all kitchen herbs, the chlorophyll within these help promote a healthy liver.
Is essential for detoxification so up your garlic, onion, leek, cabbage, and cauliflower intake. You could also take a supplement of MSM, which is an organic form of sulphur.
Liver loves sour!
Fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi, kefir yoghurt, lemon juice etc. Sour tasting foods stimulate the liver, promote cleansing of tissues, stimulate digestion, energise the body and support nutrient absorption.
Liver also loves bitter!
Lemon, limes & all citrus (including peels), asparagus, radishes, lettuce, as a few examples. Bitter type foods detoxify also help control sugar levels and cravings.
Bump up pungent foodsCREDIT: Sunchild57 Photography Via Flickr CC
Like garlic, turmeric, ginger, fennel- all will boost your immune system which is important during seasonal transitions as weather changes can cause havoc with allergies, existing illnesses, and can make us more open to catching colds/flu etc.
Opt for rye…
Amaranth and quinoa as preferred grains as these tackle a liver in “stagnation”.
That support the liver and promote detoxification; Artichoke, dandelion, grapefruit, milk thistle, chamomile, st. johns wort- check for any contraindications before you incorporate in your regime. If you are on ART there are a few herbs that interact with medication so be sure to check with your doctor which ones are safe.
Peppermint, dandelion & burdock, and green tea are all wonderful herbal and medicinal teas to support the liver.