How does the liver work?
Weighing in at just over one kilogram, the liver is a complex chemical factory that works 24 hours a day. It processes virtually everything you eat, drink, breathe in or rub on your skin and that’s just some of its over 500 different functions vital to life.
Every day, your liver helps your body by providing it with energy, fighting off infections and toxins, helping clot the blood, regulating hormones and much, much more. To give you an idea of the liver’s critical roles, here is a partial list of its functions:
- Regulating blood composition to balance protein, fat and sugar.
- Regulates the supply of body fuel.
- Manufactures many essential body proteins.
- Regulates the balance of many hormones.
- Regulates body cholesterol.
- Regulates the supply of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron and copper.
- Produces bile which eliminates toxic substances from the body and aids digestion.
When most people think of liver disease, they think only of alcohol-induced cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a serious health condition, but contrary to popular thought, alcoholism is not the only cause.
Signs and Symptoms Your Liver Needs A Detox
If you have recently noticed any of the symptoms listed below, you could be suffering from impaired liver function. It is particularly important to consider these symptoms if you identify with one or more of the risk factors mentioned above.
- Bloating and gas
- General feelings of illness
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Skin and/or eyes that are yellowish
- Inability to lose weight
- High blood pressure
- Moodiness, anxiousness, or depression
- Dark urine
- Chronic fatigue
- Excessive sweating
- Bruise easily
- Poor appetite
Detox Tea Recipe For Deep Liver detox
Detox teas or tisanes will help your body in the cleansing process and enhances weight loss efforts as well. They contain herbs that nourish your liver and other organs involved in the process. They even add to your daily need of 8 cups of water.
Detox teas are safe, but people with certain health issues such as anemia, diabetes, kidney or liver diseases, should always contact their doctor before starting to use them regularly or on a daily basis. Any form of detoxing is also considered unsafe for pregnant women.
Ginger-Dandelion-Milk Thistle Tea To Cleanse And Detoxify Your Liver (makes 5 cups)
- 3 ounces fresh ginger; peeled and sliced (increases feelings of satiety, gentle cleanse and warms the body)
- 3 tsp dried (or 3 teabags) dandelion root (stimulates bill flow which transports the toxins out of your body, protects liver from toxin damage)
- 3 tsp dried (or 3 teabags) milk thistle (rich in antioxidants, boosts liver function, promotes regeneration of liver cells and shield liver for toxic effects)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (lowers blood sugar level and helps your body to metabolizes sugar 20 times faster)
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice (aids digestion, flushes toxins, stimulates lymph system, balances pH, invigorate immune system and clears skin)
- 1 tbs coconut oil (energizer and toxin flusher)
- 30 drops artichoke extract (optional, increases bill flow, triggers liver cell regeneration, helps with digestion and has toxin-fighting effects)
- 5 cups water
Bring the water and ginger to a gentle boil, boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Pour the boiling water over the herbs (dandelion, milk thistle and cinnamon). Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Drain herbs from the liquid and add the lemon, coconut oil and artichoke extract. Stir and serve or place in the refrigerator until cold to make a refreshing ice tea for a hot summer’s day. Do not add sugar, if you need to sweeten things up use stevia or raw honey.
Note: Remember to NOT drink more than 5 cups of any detox tea a day.