The liver is the second largest organ in your body and it has one of the toughest jobs. It works constantly to keep you healthy by producing bile to digest fats and eliminating toxins, along with a number of other functions. To help this extraordinary organ function better, you may need a natural liver cleanse.
Toxins are everywhere. They’re in the air you breathe, the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. The liver has to work harder than ever to rid the body of all the toxins it encounters daily. Cleansing the liver helps it to work better so it can perform all of the functions needed to keep you healthy. Below are several ways you can naturally cleanse your liver.
These Natural Liver Cleanse Recipes Really Work!
Juicing for liver detox
One of the first things you should do to detox your liver naturally is to go on a juice diet for at least 3 days. It’s best to do it 7 days, but if you never juiced, 3 days might be a good start. I’ve been using this juicer for several years now and love it. I’ve gotten quite a bit out of it 😉
My favorite liver detox drink is juice made of a few things you probably have in your fridge right now. And if not, they are easy to get at your grocery store.
- 2 carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 1 handful of parsley
Juice and drink slowly (juice still needs to mix with saliva for proper digestion).
Here’s another liver detox juice recipe:
- 1 medium beet (be careful, as it stains everything)
- 3 celery stalks
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger
Drink a cup of vegetables juice every 4 hours and drink water in between.
Need more ideas? Here are other vegetables you can use in your detox juices: zucchini, peppers (green or red), spinach, kale, cucumber, etc. Juices are best used immediately after squeezing, as they start deteriorating as soon as you are done making them.
Eating a healthy diet will detox your liver naturally
It seems like anything you do to improve your overall health starts with a healthy diet. The same is true when you need to cleanse your liver. If you continue to eat processed foods that include lunch-meats, refined sugar and certain types of fast foods, you’re overloading your liver with toxins. These foods have preservatives and Trans-fats that are known for causing serious health problems, some of which affect the way the liver functions.
Start your day with a cup of warm water and lemon, and make sure to add liver friendly foods to your diet. Here are some of the best foods for detoxing liver:
- leafy green vegetables
- citrus fruit (all of them!)
- whole grains
Try an essential oils liver detox
Aromatherapy is becoming very popular due to the many health benefits it offers. Certain essential oils are known for having the ability to support the liver and help it function more efficiently. Rosemary is at the top of the list for helping the body flush toxins out of the liver. It also aids the digestive system by stimulating the production of bile. Some of your other options include German chamomile, thyme, juniper, cypress, lemon and peppermint essential oils.
Here’s a quick recipe you can make to use essential oils for liver detox:
- 5 drops rosemary oil
- 3 drops ginger oil
- 4 drops cypress oil
- 3 drops German chamomile oil
Add all of the oils to a 10 ml roller bottle, then fill the bottle with your favorite carrier oil (I like using avocado oil or FCO). Apply twice a day on your liver (right side under your rib-cage).
Limit Your Alcohol and Caffeine Consumption
if you’re consuming large amounts of alcohol or caffeine daily, you’re giving your liver a real workout (and NOT a good workout). It has to work twice as hard to cleanse your blood and remove all the toxins packed into these beverages.
If you’re consuming large amounts of either on a daily basis, your liver can’t keep up. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine consumption will give your liver time to regenerate and make it easier for it to do its job.
Try an Epsom salt liver detox
Once you did a juice detox and introduced liver friendly foods to your diet, if you want a deeper liver cleanse, you can try an Epsom salt liver detox. It’s a bit more drastic, but sometimes we need it.
I’ve done this several times in the past few years, and while it’s not easy peasy, it’s not terrible either.
You’ll need to plan this liver cleanse on a weekend or on a day you can be off work. Having a bathroom close by is a must!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cups of water
- 4 tablespoons of Epsom salt
- 1 large grapefruit (I like to use pink grapefruit, as it;s better tasting, not as bitter)
- 1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil
How to do the Epsom salt liver cleanse
- you stop eating before 2PM the day you want to start the cleanse
- sometime before 6PM prepare your Epsom salt mixture: add 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts to 3 cups of water, and mix well until dissolved. Then divide your 3 cups of mixture into 4 cups (you’ll be drinking 3/4 of a cup 4 different times.
- at 6PM, drink your first Epsom salt container (3/4 of a cup)
- repeat at 8PM
- prepare for bed around 9: shower if you do so at night, get into your evening routine, and be ready to go to bed at 10PM.
- If you have a hard time falling asleep, take a natural sleeping pill between 9 and 9.30, depending on how fast your pill takes effect. I like this natural sleep aid, because it’s made with herbs and is non-habit forming. Falling asleep and sleeping well is a very important part of this cleanse.
- at 9.55PM, squeeze the grapefruit, and mix 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice with the olive oil. Save the rest of the grapefruit juice in a separate cup (I’ll tell you a trick ;))
- mix the grapefruit juice and olive oil really well, and drink this mixture at 10PM. You need to drink the entire mixture in 5 minutes or less. I drink it all in one breath: otherwise it’s hard to drink it. But you might be different. Once you finish that mixture, drink the rest of the grapefruit juice you saved: it’ll be a real treat 😉
- now get in bed and lay on the right side for 20 minutes. If you can, it’s best if you fall asleep in this position. If not, you can move in your favorite sleeping position after the 20 minutes.
- next morning, drink your third Epsom salt mixture as soon as you wake up
- drink your last Epsom salt dose 2 hours later
- you can eat a salad or some fruit 2 hours after your last Epsom salt drink
Are you ready to detox your liver?
Changing the way you eat and the things you drink can be difficult. However, making a few lifestyle changes that include one or more of the steps above to help cleanse your liver, may improve your overall health. When you eat healthy foods and cut back on your alcohol and caffeine intake, you’re not filling your body with so many toxins that you overwhelm your liver.
In addition, using essential oils to aid the digestive system will enhance liver functions and make it easier for this organ to do its job.
A healthy liver promotes overall good health. Is it time for you take steps to cleanse your liver?
Great list. Dandelion root is a great natural aid to detox the liver too. I drink dandelion tea regularly and have a beet/carrots/green juice three times a week. Your liver is an important organ, you’ve got to protect and nurture it.