Detox and Support Liver Function with Dandelion, Aloe Vera, and Milk Thistle

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Detox and Support Liver Function

Your liver is the human body’s primary detoxifying organ, that’s why it’s important to keep it healthy with detoxification. Saturated and hydrogenated fats are very stressful to your liver, so you’ll want to avoid hydrogenated fats and limit your saturated fats.

When you start reading the labels on your favorite foods, you’ll probably be surprised by what actually contains hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. This is especially the case at the larger chain grocery stores.

Thankfully, Whole Foods Market has hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils on their forbidden list. You won’t find these bad fats in any of their products, among many others. For a complete list, check out their list of Unacceptable Ingredients for Food.

Benefits of Hot Water with Lemon

Glass teacup full of warm water and lemon slice.

An easy detox habit to start is a cup of hot water with half a lemon squeezed into it. Not only will you be stimulating the cleansing of your liver, but also your gallbladder. You should also be drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day.

From 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning:

  1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates bran and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
  2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
  3. Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.
  4. Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
  5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
  6. Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
  7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. I admit, I’m slightly worried about it.
  8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
  9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
  10. Helps kick the coffee habit: After I have a glass of hot lemon water, I actually don’t crave coffee in the morning. This is weird, I can’t explain it, but I’ll take it.

Dandelions are known as weeds, but are a great herb.Dandelion for Liver Support

For centuries, dandelions have been used in medicinal teas and traditional medicine. Amongst the historical uses including the treatment of heartburn, spleen ailments, and upset stomachs. It also can enhance your immunity and some health practitioners recommend dandelion to stimulate the kidneys and liver to filter out toxins from the blood. Dandelion is a natural diuretic and can be used for inflammation reduction. And unlike other diuretics dandelion leaves contain potassium.

Safety Tip: Avoid if you have gallbladder problems. May trigger allergies.

Aloe Vera is a species of succulent plant.Aloe Vera Helps Liver Detox

Aloe vera features antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties, found in aloe gel and it is helpful towards detoxification. While detoxing you’ll also improve your skin as aloe vera has been used for centuries to promote healthy glowing skin. Detoxing can be known to make you sick as you release long held toxins from your body. Aloe Vera will help your immune system fight any sickness and keep you healthier.

Safety Tip: Never consume the green part of the leaf surrounding the gel, called aloe latex, which is associated with kidney failure and other toxic effects.

Milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy.Milk Thistle Fights Liver Disease

Recognized for centuries as “liver tonics,” milk thistle extracts have been used for centuries. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are found in the active component, silymarin, of milk thistle. These properties may help repair damaged liver cells and protect new cells from toxins.

Milk thistle can be used as an herbal remedy for many illnesses and ailments. In addition to liver support, milk thistle also aids in gall bladder and kidney problems.

Research suggests that milk thistle extracts both prevent and repair damage to the liver from toxic chemicals and medications. - Wikipedia

Safety Tip: Avoid if you’re allergic to other members of the daisy family. May cause an upset stomach, bloating or diarrhea.

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This is for informational purposes only and should not replace advice from your medical doctor.

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