Why and How You Should Start A Liver Cleanse Diet

Why and How You Should Start A Liver Cleanse Diet

Disclaimer: Information provided in this article does not come from a professional dietitian. Any material information specified on this article is for general guidance only and should not be taken as a replacement for a consultation to a professional.

Our liver carries a very important job in our body. That is to make sure that the food we take is converted to the necessary nutrients that should be distributed to all our other organs and keep our body functioning well as usual.

Unsurprisingly, it is also one of the most overworked or abused organ in our body.

HOW DOES THE LIVER GET OVERWORKED?

There are many ways to abuse or overwork our liver, and that’s what actually most of us do! Having a sedentary lifestyle, coupled with unhealthy intake of food and alcohol drinking can contribute to all the damages in our liver. And yes, even as simple as drinking medications can affect our liver negatively in the long run.

What, why?

It’s rather understandable that an unhealthy lifestyle and bad food choices can damage the liver; our bodies would eventually succumb to such anyway. But drinking medicines are supposed to make us feel better, right?

Well… Yes, and no. Yes, because we do sometimes need medicine to fight off diseases, but it would be pretty damaging for our liver if we just take in medicines, vitamins/supplements—just for the heck of it.

Don’t get me wrong, vitamins or supplements can also do us good, but in the instance that your body doesn’t actually need such, if our body has an ample amount of say, Vitamin C, all the excess goes right into the liver. It would then carry the burden of finding a way to flush out all those stuff.

What’s the worst that can happen?

If it comes to a point that our liver can’t take it anymore, it may lead to a Fatty Liver Disease—a condition wherein the liver contains too much fat, and can grow to an abnormal size. Another variant, the Non-Fatty Liver Disease can affect non-alcoholic drinkers. In fact, around 70 million of Americans are inflicted with non-fatty liver disease alone.

 

So, what?

So what if we got fatty or non-fatty liver disease? Remember, our liver is in charge of converting food into nutrients that are needed by our body. If it fails to do that, it can lead to more complications or even multiple organ failure.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT IT?

The first step is to take the healthy lifestyle path. It’s kinda cliché, but it’s still the best solution around that is doable, if you are determined enough.

Second thing is, don’t just take in medicines just because you think you need it. If you are in good condition, there’s really no need for you to take in anything. If you have a certain medical condition, consult your doctor first on what medicines you need to take.

Third and last is to drink up a healthy amount of detox juice for a liver cleanse diet program.

WHAT’S A LIVER CLEANSE DIET?

A liver cleanse diet is the use of detox juice, juice that is made from fresh fruits or vegetables that are rich in natural vitamins that can help your body flush out all those toxins, bad fat, and even metals in your body.

It’s not just a healthy way to keep your liver in shape, but it’s also refreshingly yummy too!

How do I start that liver cleanse diet?

First and foremost, you need to have a good juicer to effectively juice out your chosen vegetable or fruit while retaining all the important nutrients in the process.

Once you have that, you can start drinking your way towards healthy living:

1.) First, you must select what kind of fruit or vegetable you should use. There are certain fruits that are best to be used for your juice. The most popular choices are lemon, apples, and limes. For vegetables, celery and lettuces are more popular. Most of the time, it’s a mixture of 2 or more fruits/veggies—to create a better flavor!

2.) Second is yes, the right mixture. You can choose between the most popular (and yummier) juice for your liver cleanse diet. For starters, you can try out this mixture:

  • Celery
  • Anise
  • Cucumber (peeled)

You can add a zesty flavor for the mixture by adding a pint of lemon or lime juice. Speaking of which, you can also have a mixture of lemon and cucumber as your juice. You can explore more raw juicing recipes here.

Vegetable juices can be insanely bitter, once you’d like to go for such, make sure to balance out the bitterness with lemon, lime, cranberry or some mint or herbs.

3.) Drink up, of course! How often? You can do it as much as you like, but the best times to drink detox juice is when you wake up in the morning (no food and water intake yet), and at night before you go to bed. Why? Because the body can best work on flushing the toxins out while you are at rest and while you are still starting to move around.

 

MORE IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER ON LIVER CLEANSING

The first thing to remember of a liver cleanse diet is that, it isn’t actually like your usual diet. It’s just a kind of supplemental program to your overall daily intake. Who would subsist on just a veggie or fruit juice, anyway?

However, it’s very important to remember that your juice does not contain everything your body needs, you still have to eat up some protein—best to eat lean meat and vegetable-based protein because they are healthier compared to the usual meat.

For more information of what you should and shouldn’t eat, and what actual diet program you should follow if you have a Fatty Liver disease or a non-fatty one, you can check out this guide for more help.

Second, it should be noted that most fruits contain high sugar, so it’s not recommended for people who are diabetic and for those who are advised to keep sugar intake at a minimum. Lemons and limes, however are fine since they don’t contain sugar, unlike other fruits.

Third and last, cleansing juices can make you lose weight. Although this may be a plus for some people, Fatty Liver Disease patients should still keep a tab on their weight gain or weight loss since the liver can be overworked if one gets to lose weight so rapidly.

 

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