Simple and Natural Remedies to Care for Your Liver

· September 2, 2014
Natural lemon juice and olive oil will help you to clean and tone up the gallbladder and liver. This is regenerated during the early morning, so we shouldn’t eat excessive portions for dinner.

The liver is the biggest organ and one of the most important ones we have.  Among its functions, the most notable is its transformation of food into energy, elimination of toxins, and assistance in the digestive process.

The liver is one of the organs most affected by poor nutrition, negative emotions, and bad habits.  We will review a few simple, economical and natural remedies to keep it healthy.

Liver health is reflected in the hair and vision, and if it is inflamed, it can manifest as a dull pain in the ribs on the right side as well as the corresponding area of the back, inflammation of the right trapezium, crow’s feet, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, health problems such as high cholesterol, menstrual problems, etc.

Eating Habits and Nutrition

Foods either nourish or poison our liver, and it should be a priority to keep it healthy.  We should choose the most natural organic foods, free from additives (coloring agents, artificial flavorings, etc.), possible.  Also, we should try to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Chips
  • Red meat
  • Prepared foods
  • Dairy products
  • White sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners

We also need to take into account medications that also may affect our liver.  It is best to always carefully read the possible side effects on the label.

On the other hand, the following foods would be very beneficial:

  • Apple and carrot juice
  • Grapefruit
  • Artichoke
  • Radish
  • Chicory
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sproutsapple-carrot-juice-Will-Merydith

In addition to eating these foods daily, it is very important that we understand that the liver regenerates during the night (before sunrise), and therefore it is necessary to eat very little for our last meal of the day or eat it earlier, so during the night, the liver does not have to keep digesting the food during that time.

As nutrional supplements, B vitamins are very beneficial.

These vitamins lower transaminase levels and tones the liver.  We can eat foods that contain them, brewer’s yeastfor example, or drink a natural supplement.

Repressed Emotions

The liver is not only affected by nutrition.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, repressed anger and anxiety directly damage it.  To avoid this, we should learn to properly manage our emotions and do activities that help us channel anger, such as sports or the arts.

Also, there is a homeopathic remedy that can help us when we feel angry or irritated: Chamomilla 15 CH.  We can take three pearls under the tongue, three times a day, taken apart from food, drinks, strong flavors, and mints (gum, toothpastes, etc.).

Hot Water Bottle

The liver is an organ which, like the kidneys, tends to drop in temperature when it is not functioning properly.  To avoid this, we can accustom ourselves to placing half of a towel moistened with hot water on the left side of our ribs.  On top of the towel, we can place a hot water bottle, and on top of both of those, we can cover everything with a blanket.  This practice is also a fantastic remedy for insomnia.  It is not recommended that you do this during the day, as it will make you sleepy.

Coffee Enemas

This is an ancient practice among many people.  It consists of making an enema from organic ground coffee.  Boil 1 litre of water with 3 tablespoons of coffee for 5 minutes over high heat and 15 minutes over low heat.  Filter it so no grounds remain in the liquid.  Once it is lukewarm, we will use half a litre for an enema, reclined on our right side and try to endure for 10 or 15 minutes.  This remedy is very potent, it acts directly on the liver, increasing the activity of the gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT).

Lemon and Oil Before Breakfast

There is a super simple remedy that can help to clean and tone our liver and our gall bladder every morning.  We only have to take one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil every morning before breakfast.  After waiting half an hour, we will drink one or two glasses of warm water, and in a little while, we can eat breakfast.  This remedy will also specifically help people suffering from constipation.oil-and-lemon-elle_ann1

Medicinal Plants

Bitter herbs help the liver to cleanse itself and function correctly.  We can daily drink infusions made from the following plants:

  • Dandelion
  • Artichoke
  • Milk thistle: liver regenerator
  • Boldo
  • Celandine

We can sweeten these drinks with rosemary honey or stevia and adding a little fresh lemon juice.

Photography courtesy of elle_ann and Will Merydith