When the digestive system is strained, it automatically puts pressure on the liver. That’s why it is important to heal them together.
The liver is in charge of detoxifying the body, as well as storing energy and producing bile. Its primary function is to flush out what is no longer needed. With that being said, I have found that when I’m feeling a little rundown or tired, a short-term cleanse gets me back on track to feeling my best.
What can cause the liver to be damaged?
Several substances (like alcohol and some medications), and conditions (like hepatitis, autoimmune and genetic conditions, to name a few), can damage your liver and potentially lead to scarring. When scar tissue accumulates in your liver, it can replace healthy liver tissue. This means that your liver has to work harder to do its job.
What are the early signs of liver damage?
The early stages of liver damage may not have any symptoms. When symptoms are present, they may include:
- pain or swelling in the upper right-hand part of your abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nausea and/or vomiting
How do I get back on track?
Seasonal cleansing. I believe that when we give our liver a break from certain foods, drinks, and environmental stress, for a period of time, our body heals faster; Energy and motivation return in huge bursts.
Here are my 3-day liver reboot guidelines:
- For 3 consecutive days, eliminate:
- Alcohol (perfect for Dry Jan)
- Red meat
- Anything processed
- Eat lightly during these 3 days
- Tune into your stress levels and try to reduce them even more.
- Focus on consuming:
- Greens at every meal
- Wholesome grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats
- Root vegetables
- Lots of homemade warming soups
- Dandelion root tea or herbal teas of your choice, instead of coffee
- All herbs and spices – Parsley, turmeric and coriander are the most cleansing of the lot.
- Sparkling water and/or coconut water in place of soft drinks
- White Fish and salmon
- Beans and legumes
- Low sugar fruits – berries, lemon, green apples, papaya, grapefruit.
- Plenty of water throughout the day
An example of an ideal day on the 3-day Liver Reboot:
Protein smoothie with vegan protein powder, berries, greens, stevia, ground cinnamon, ice and almond milk
Poached/boiled eggs with sautéed greens and avocado
Fresh papaya drizzled with lemon juice and a dollop of coconut yoghurt sprinkled with cinnamon and seeds
Carrot sticks with hummus
A handful of raw nuts
A small bowl of berries
Salmon , avocado and quinoa salad
Brown rice bowl with pesto and grilled chicken breast
Celery sticks with almond butter or hummus
Brown rice cakes smeared with almond butter or smashed avocado
Warming pumpkin soup
Grilled fish, tempeh, or lentils with sauteed greens of choice
Herbal tea of choice
If you suspect that you may have liver damage, it’s important to follow up with your doctor or healthcare practitioner. The sooner a liver condition can be diagnosed and treated, the higher the chance of a positive outcome.