“We are what we eat, drink, breathe, touch and can’t eliminate.”
Do you suffer from headaches, night sweats, fatigue and sluggishness, skin eruptions, low mood and irritability, poor cognition, chemical, odour or pollution sensitivities e.g. sneezing, nasal drip, dermatitis, adverse reactions to foods, bloating, excess wind, constipation, chronic itching including eyes, jaundice, excessive thirst or nausea and vomiting?
Many organs are involved in the detoxification process, including all those you can see below. It is the liver that undertakes the process of transforming and clearing toxic substances from the blood (like microorganisms, contaminants, drugs, alcohol, pesticides, hormones and metabolic end products).
The liver turns toxins into harmless substances that the body can then eliminate in faeces and urine – think of it like putting all your rubbish in a bin that then needs to be emptied. This happens all the time without us having to do anything.
However, when there are a large number of toxins in the body, such as excess alcohol, excess stress, medication etc. the liver may become overburdened – think of the rubbish bin as becoming too full. This stress on the liver may lead to headaches, night sweats and fatigue to name a few. At this time the liver requires extra support in the form of particular foods, vitamins and minerals.
Recommendations for keeping the liver healthy
Increase foods that support the detoxification process, such as:
- Dark leafy green vegetables
- Beetroot, endive, cucumbers, garlic, onion, artichoke,
sprouted seeds, grains, tahini, chicory, watercress, rocket
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Low GI foods
- Water (at least 1.5 litres per day)
- Green tea
Foods to limit from the diet:
- Processed and refined foods
- Refined Sugar
- Charred/overcooked meat
- Saturated fats
Vitamins and minerals (in the right dose) to support the detoxification process:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Folic Acid
Herbs (in the right dose) to support the detoxification process:
- Sweating – increases body temperature and promotes toxin elimination from the skin
- Exercise stimulates the mobilisation of fats – the breakdown of fats is associated with the release of toxins
- Sauna – induces sweating and promotes circulation carrying toxins in the blood to the liver and kidneys for detoxification and elimination.
It is important that any supplements or herbs be taken in the correct dosage as over-supplementing can cause even further damage to the liver.
If you would like some guidance on how to support the liver in its detoxification process or if any of the symptoms above apply to you then contact me to arrange a free 15 minute chat to see how I can help.