Simple and Natural Remedies to Care for Your Liver
Do you know how to care for your liver?
The liver is the biggest organ and one of the most important ones we have. It helps transform food into energy, eliminate toxins, and assist in the digestive process.
Because of this, the liver is one of the organs most affected by poor nutrition, negative emotions, and bad habits. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few simple, cheap and natural remedies to take care of your liver.
If your liver is inflamed, it can manifest as a dull pain in your 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, and health problems such as high cholesterol, menstrual problems, etc.
Eating Habits and Nutrition to Care for Your Liver
Foods either nourish or poison the liver, and it should be a priority to keep it healthy. You should choose the most natural organic foods that are free from additives (coloring agents, artificial flavorings, etc.). Also, you should try to avoid:
- Chips and processed snacks
- Red meat
- Prepared foods
- Dairy products
- White sugar
- Artificial sweeteners
You also need to take into account medications that also may affect your liver. It’s best to always carefully read the possible side effects on the label.
On the other hand, the following foods are very beneficial to take care of your liver:
- Apple and carrot juice
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Brussel sprouts
In addition to eating these foods as much as possible, it’s very important that you understand that the liver regenerates during the night. Therefore, it’s necessary to eat less for the last meal of the day or eat it earlier. That way, during the night, your liver doesn’t have to keep digesting the food during that time.
In addition, as nutritional supplements, B vitamins are very beneficial to care for your liver. These vitamins lower transaminase levels and tone the liver. In order to get them in your diet, you can eat foods that contain them, like brewer’s yeast, or drink a natural supplement.
The liver is not only affected by nutrition. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, repressed anger and anxiety directly damage your liver. To avoid this, you should learn to properly manage your emotions and do activities that help 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. You can take three pearls under the tongue three times a day, apart from food, drinks, strong flavors, and mints (gum, toothpastes, etc.).
Hot Water Bottle
The liver is an organ that, like the kidneys, tends to drop in temperature when it’s not functioning properly.
To prevent this, you can place half of a towel moistened with hot water on the left side of your ribs. On top of the towel, you can place a hot water bottle, and then cover everything with a blanket.
This practice is also a fantastic remedy for insomnia. However, it’s not recommended that you do this during the day, as it will make you sleepy.
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Lemon and Oil Before Breakfast
There’s also a simple remedy that can help to clean and care for your liver and your gall bladder every morning.
You just 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, drink one or two glasses of warm water, wait a bit and then eat breakfast.
Finally, bitter herbs help the liver to cleanse itself and function correctly. You can daily drink infusions made from the following plants:
- Milk thistle
You can sweeten these drinks with rosemary honey or stevia and by adding a little fresh lemon juice.
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