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Are you feeling blah?

 

Have you been feeling extra sluggish lately?

There are times when work catches up to me and I can feel my energy reserves running a bit low. Although I eat pretty healthy 80% of the time with a diet comprised of mainly fruits, greens, and healthy fats and grains I still find myself needing an extra nap.

That’s usually the cue for me to show my liver some serious lovin’.

When you’re feeling tired and sluggish, your liver is probably clogged.

I want to share with you 10 easy and simple ways you can detox your liver so you can function at your best instead of walking around like a zombie.

You’d be surprise how simple some of the techniques are.

 

What is up with your liver?

 

Ideally, detox involves cleansing the liver with whole foods and herbs.

Let’s quickly do a recap on this amazing organ – no worries, I ‘ll leave the boring biology lecture behind!

Being the second largest organ in your body, it is responsible for over 500 functions! One of them is to convert excess glucose to glycogen (stored fat), then convert it back to glucose when your body needs it.

Glucose is your body’s energy supply.

Another critical function of the liver is to act as a filter to neutralize toxins.

As we know toxins are in everything you eat, drink, and apply to your skin.

All of the toxins are naturally broken down by the liver and excreted via urine, skin, or digestive tract. So if you don’t sweat enough, poop regularly, or drink enough water, your body gets backed up.

And if you take in more toxins than your liver can process, it becomes sluggish.

When the liver is working like a charm, everything is great. You feel energized and have clear, glowing skin. Your mood is fantastic and you sleep like a bear.

However if your liver is congested and overworked, you start to feel like crap.

Things will start to go downhill.

You might start to suffer from weight gain, joint pain, rashes, allergies, puffy eyes, and your immune system may be compromised.

So as you cleanse out your liver, you can expect not only increased energy but overall vitality and happiness.

 

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10 Ways to Detox Your Liver

 

 

I recommend  saving your liver from overwhelm by doing simple detoxing methods below, as well as a more intense one for each of the season- preferably 14-21 days.

 

1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water every morning.  Lemons contain many important enzymes that help detoxify and also has  an alkaline effect once it hits yours system. Hydrate with water throughout the day, which flushes out toxins.

 

2. Include leafy green vegetables in one meal EACH and EVERY day. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard contain phytonutrients and vitamins that support the liver’s detox pathways.  Without these essential nutrients, the liver cannot perform pathway #2, which is to eliminate toxins. So eat more raw salads like this amazing massaged kale salad.

 

3. Make a cleansing green smoothie that incorporates powerful detoxifying ingredients such as  spirulina, chlorella, berries, chia seeds, and leafy greens. Smoothies are the easiest way to ensure you get a variety of detoxifying ingredients, while feeling full and satisfied!

 

4. Sip on green juices such as my signature Green Alkaline Juice, which is filled with even MORE condensed amount of vitamins and minerals that help the liver eliminate the toxins.

 

5. Sip on herbal detox tea such as dandelion tea in between meals. Dandelion is a very effective herb in cleansing and supporting the liver. My favorite brand for organic dandelion tea is from Traditional Medicine, which is pure and free from preservatives.  When I’m in the mood for a coffee substitute that smells like coffee, I enjoy Dandy Blend. Seriously, amazing! (affiliate links)

 

6. Add healthy fats! The liver is also responsible for producing bile that breaks down fats. Good sources of healthy fats are avocados, hemp seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and a variety of nuts like almonds and waluts.

 

7. Get enough fiber-rich foods to bind up toxins in the gut and help promote regularity. If you’re constipated, toxins from the bowel can be reabsorbed into your system. Try legumes (especially lentils), raspberries, root vegetables, apples, pears, avocados and almonds. Avoid gluten and dairy, which can be constipating.

 

8. Get out there and sweat! Exercise or sit in a sauna. Sweating liberates toxins.

 

9. Take an epsom salt bath before bed. Not only will magnesium-rich epsom salts help you sleep, they also help draw toxins out of the body. Use 1-2 cups of epsom salts and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

 

10. Remove inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, soy, corn, sugar, alcohol, eggs, and coffee while eating nutrient-density foods.

 

Are you tired of feeling blah and ready for some natural and irresistible energy?

Grab my FREE 3-Day Winter Cleanse, filled with delicious and simple meals made from whole foods! 

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