You may not want to think about everything you eat and drink, but your liver has to. That’s why it’s important to focus on what exactly your liver does and what you do that affects its functioning properly. The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in your body. It processes everything you eat or drink and either utilizes it for your body to use or eliminates it.
So what can you do to keep your liver functioning at top capacity? The main thing is to consider that everything you eat either ads to your system or subtracts. The liver is the major organ for nutrient processing, and everything, good or bad, has to go through its gatekeeper. This means the good stuff gets kept, and the bad stuff goes- only it doesn’t leave without causing a little damage residue.
Lucky for us, the liver can fix this damage and remain healthy with a little help. Here’s what you can do to increase liver function:
- Eat protein mainly from plant-based sources
- Focus on using only natural foods
- Reduce fat in your diet
- Avoid trans-fats
- Add monounsaturated fats like those from avocados and nuts
- Use polyunsaturated fat sources like fatty fish, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds
- Limit your total fat intake to 20 percent of your diet
- Keep your weight down by controlling portions
- Exercise regularly
- Limit alcohol to one drink a day for women and two for men.
- Use over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen infrequently
- Do a liver “cleanse” at least two times a year
The most common diseases for the liver are fatty liver, viral hepatitis including hepatitis C, and genetic diseases. In general, if managed properly, all of these diseases can be effectively controlled, and sometimes even eliminated entirely through proper nutrition and lifestyle choices.
I often recommend to patients a detox protocol to remove accumulated wastes from the Liver and all tissues of the body. This is the beginning of transitioning into a holistic lifestyle.
Here’s how to do it:
Drink 32 ounces of unsweetened apple juice each day for 3 days prior to cleanse. The day of cleanse eat a light breakfast, followed by the solution listed below:
Ingredients: 4 Tablespoons Epsom Salt
½ cup light olive oil
2 Large pink grapefruits
Black Walnut Tincture
1 gallon of bottled water
Mix the 4 Tablespoons of Epsom salt in 3 cups of bottles and refrigerate until cold.
You may drink water 20 minutes prior to each scheduled dose of solution.
7:00 a.m. Drink ¾ cup cold Epsom salt solution. Bite into a lemon, orange or grapefruit after drinking.
9:00 a.m. Drink ¾ cup cold Epsom salt solution.
11:00 a.m. Pour ½ cup of olive oil into a pint jar. Squeeze the pink grapefruit (3/4 cup juice). Mix the olive oil with the grapefruit juice and add 25 drops of Black Walnut Tincture. Place lid on the jar and shake to mix. Drink the solution within 5 minutes of mixing.
Immediately lie down on your left side with your right leg slightly drawn up. Keep still for at least 20 minutes.
3:00 p.m. Drink 7-8 ounces of bottled water
6:00 p.m. Drink ¾ cup of cold Epsom salt solution. Go back to bed.
8:00 p.m. Drink ¾ cup cold Epsom Salt solution.
10:00 p.m. You may eat fresh fruit or drink fresh fruit juice.
Do this a couple of times a year to rejuvenate and help keep your liver and gallbladder functioning at top efficiency.