The liver is an important organ for the proper functioning of our body and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of our body. Its main role is to filter blood from the digestive tract before transmitting it to other organs of the body.
However, the liver is a multifunctional organ. It helps the body digest fats by secreting bile spilling into the intestines. It synthesizes urea, produces fibrinogen used in the process of blood coagulation, intervenes in the metabolism and storage of vitamins. It produces, among other things, protective and antitoxic substances.
What are the harmful factors to the functioning of the liver?
Several factors can affect the liver, overload it with toxins and make it lazy or lethargic. Examples include excessive consumption of alcohol, processed foods rich in preservatives and additives, and drugs. Other factors such as hepatitis C and hepatitis B viruses, genetic abnormalities, cancerous diseases also contribute to the malfunction of our liver.
The toxin overload by the liver manifests itself, inter alia, by:
- A skin condition such as acne .
- Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating or gas.
- Unexplained weight gain.
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor digestion
- Excessive sweating
- A hormonal imbalance.
- Bad breath
- Depression and anxiety
How to detoxify the liver?
It would be necessary to give some respite to our liver and adopt a healthy lifestyle, consume a lot of water, organic food, practice a regular physical activity and opt if possible for organic beauty products. Therefore, it would be better to eat foods rich in sulfur, such as garlic , eggs or Brussels sprouts, exclude processed sugars, eat high fiber foods such as flaxseed, chia seeds, broccoli, dried fruits, eat green vegetables, then of course avoid alcohol consumption.
In addition, it is advisable to do a detoxification cure at least twice a year to maintain the body in good health. To this end, we can ask Mother Nature for help and draw all the natural foods, including herbs and spices, necessary to boost our natural defenses.
For this, we need 3 natural foods:
This medicinal plant, is considered the queen detox and acts on the body to eliminate toxins. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral capabilities. Thus, it increases the activity of the enzymes responsible for the detoxification process. Milk Thistle is available as a supplement.
You can also consume Milk Thistle by decocting by boiling for 30 minutes 3.5 grams of milk thistle seeds in 150 ml of water and drink 3 to 4 cups a day, half an hour before meals.
The artichoke belongs to the same family as the milk thistle. Today, it is widely grown and appreciated in France. It increases bile production and protects and supports liver function. It is rich in fiber that can help eliminate toxins and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
You can use the artichoke as herbal tea, by putting a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water and let infuse 3 minutes. To consume 2 to 3 cups a day.
Turmeric is a spice that contains a bright yellow phytochemical compound commonly referred to as curcumin. The latter has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also stimulates the production of bile by the gall bladder. This bile is used by the liver to eliminate toxins and metabolize fats.
You can consume it as an infusion by infusing 1 to 2 grams of turmeric powder with 3 or 4 grains of black pepper in 150 ml of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink 2 cups a day.
It should be remembered that the treatment of liver diseases requires diagnosis and medical follow-up.
Artichokes are not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Black pepper is not recommended for ulcers, gastritis or hemorrhoids because it irritates the mucous membranes.
Turmeric is not recommended for gallbladder disease which is over stimulated.