Our livers take a lot of abuse. Every day they filter out toxins and other hazardous materials from the food we eat and liquids we drink to keep our bodies safe and healthy.
A liver cleanse diet can help detoxify your liver and keep it working the way it should and even reverse the effects of fatty liver disease.
Some of the symptoms that might indicate that it’s time to go on a liver cleanse diet include:
• Feeling bloated in the abdomen or abdominal distention.
• Increased appetite and binge eating.
• Difficulty losing weight
• Back pain
• Frequent headaches
• Digestive complaints such as constipation, nausea, heartburn and indigestion
• Chronic halitosis that can’t be explained by dental problems
• Excessive fatigue
• Poor memory and a general feeling of mental “fuzziness”
• A general feeling of sluggishness and just not feeling “right”
As always, you should go to your doctor first about any troublesome symptoms for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. However, the good news about most liver cleanse diets is that they are inherently healthy and can be followed by anyone, not just those who are currently suffering from liver problems.
Wholesome foods that are rich in antioxidant minerals are the backbone of a liver cleanse diet. These foods not only relieve stress on your liver and allow it to heal, they are also nourishing to the rest of your body and give you the energy and nutrients you need to stay strong and healthy. A holistic approach is your best bet for not only detoxifying your liver but also making sure that the rest of your body is in shape to support your liver as it heals and cleanses.
A typical liver cleanse diet calls for as much raw, unprocessed foods as possible.
This not only eliminates many of the toxins that occur in heavily processed or manufactured foods but it also ensures that vital nutrients are not destroyed by the cooking process.
Organic foods and beverages are also preferred, as pesticides and other added chemicals can take quite a toll on the liver.
You will also be advised of which foods and other substances you should avoid. Alcohol and over the counter medications are all filtered by the liver and should be avoided as much as possible. Foods that are excessively high in sugar, cholesterol and fat might also need to be eliminated as they are very taxing to the liver and can contribute to fatty liver disease and other conditions.
Do use a reasonable amount of caution before choosing a liver cleanse diet. As mentioned before, do consult with your physician about any troublesome symptoms to get an accurate diagnosis and eliminate more serious conditions that would require more extensive treatment than just a cleanse.
While most of these diets are based on good eating and lifestyle habits that would be healthy for anyone, some do call for natural liver cleanse supplements, teas and or tinctures of herbs. Be sure to talk to your pharmacist and doctor about potential drug interactions and to determine the safety of these supplements before you take them.
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