4 Basic Benefits of a Liver Cleanse
Do you suffer from fatigue, acid reflux, heartburn, digestive problems unexplained weight gain, gall stones, abdominal bloating, pot belly, liver spots and other issues? These symptoms can be signs of an unhealthy liver and could be reasons for doing a liver cleanse. Here are four main benefits of a liver cleanse, besides information on how your liver plays a critical part in staying health.
The Role Your Liver Plays in Health
Having your liver function properly is essential for good health. As the liver is responsible for removing toxins from your body, it’s probably the organ that works the hardest in your entire body. However, your liver isn’t made to handle the many chemicals and toxins that are in today’s world that can lead it to it becoming stressed and overworked.
After all, it’s the liver that’s responsible for getting rid of impurities, such as toxins. Another fundamental job of the liver is producing bile, which is needed for fat digestion. Your liver also stores iron, vitamins and other important chemicals that break down food, converting it into energy.
Additionally, the liver makes proteins and enzymes that are responsible for many chemical reactions in your body, such as those involved in repairing damaged tissues and in blood clotting. What’s more, your liver controls levels of amino acids, fats and glucose in your blood.
What’s Involved in a Liver Cleanse?
A liver cleanse, also known as a liver detox or liver flush, is a procedure that’s devised for removing toxins from the liver so that it’s able to function the way it should. This process typically entails drinking a certain herbal mixture for four days and then on the fifth day, you drink from six to eight ounces of olive oil that’s needed to flush the liver.
Reduces the Likelihood of Liver Stones and Can Remove Gall Stones
One of the main benefits of a liver cleanse is to prevent liver stones, which are the result of excess cholesterol in a diet. When you have too much cholesterol, this can cause bile solidifying into tiny stones that can lead to liver and gall bladder blockage. Some people have as many as 200 to 300 of these stones in their liver that can prevent a liver from detoxing. But by getting a liver cleanse, up to 300 can be flushed out of the body.
If you have gallstones, you may not need an operation. Many people with small gallstones have had these stones released just by having a properly supervised liver detox. Perhaps you’ve already had your gallbladder removed. If so, a liver cleanse is even more important.
Promotes Weight Loss
Another advantage of a liver detox is weight loss. Consider how your liver makes bile and how your digestive system uses bile for breaking down fat. Because cleansing the liver encourages the production of bile, a liver detox can be helpful in jump-starting weight loss.
A decrease in energy can be a sign of a poor liver. While there are some toxins that are harmful to your body, others are actually useful. But when your liver is prevented from functionally normally because of an accumulation of foreign substances, these beneficial nutrients are prevented from being released back into your bloodstream. When you cleanse your liver, the correct amount of nutrients are maintained, which can significantly boost your energy levels.
Makes You Feel and Look Younger
Once your liver is restored to optimal health and is able to function normally, there is less toxic buildup in your body’s cells. As a result, you can have healthier looking skin. Moreover, since fat has been broken down, it can be easier to tone your skin, so you feel healthier and look more attractive than you did before doing a liver cleanse.
Considerations and Warnings
- A liver cleansing can also help in boosting your immune system. This makes sense when you consider that it’s the liver that reduces toxins.
- To lower the odds of your liver becoming unhealthy again, consider doing a liver cleanse at least twice a year.
- Be careful what you eat. For example eating healthy, organic foods can help in keeping your liver clean.
- Exercise regularly as this also can be beneficial in maintaining a healthy liver.
- People with specific health issues, such as heart conditions, diabetes, eating disorders and other problems, shouldn’t have a liver cleanse.
- Always check with your doctor before starting any new dietary program.
- Menstruating women should not undergo a liver detox if they expect optimal results. This is because the liver works overtime during the menstrual cycle for removing excess fluids, so a liver cleanse would add to the workload.
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