This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
WELLBEING


LOVE YOUR LIVER


Cleanse and regenerate this vital organ, says Sophie Kalinauckas


he philosopher William James famously said: ‘Is life worth living? It depends upon the liver.’ He had a point: the liver is the largest organ and gland in the body, it acts as a filter which cleans up all our toxins, stores our vitamins and iron, detoxifies the blood and produces bile; all working to keep our internal system running smoothly. Everything you breathe and swallow meets the liver.


T Over Christmas, diets were broken,


glorious grub consumed, champagne and cocktails were overflowing and it will all have taken a toll on our livers. Now the party is over and the New Year is the time for change, challenges and cleansing. You can learn how to cleanse your liver thoroughly, effectively and naturally with these simple tips!


YOUR LIVER LOVES Superfoods: Certain foods are particular stimulants for the liver. Many


NEW YEAR JAN


DETOX


vegetables are rich in the protein glutathione which works to detoxify the liver. Check your shopping list and start off with carrots; they suit any dinner dish and are heavy in glutathione. Tomatoes also have abundant amounts of the super protein; they detoxify and stimulate the liver simultaneously. You can eat tomatoes any time of day: on toast for breakfast, in soups and salads for lunch and mixed in with pasta for supper.


Next, a seasonal best: brussels sprouts! Their antioxidant qualities and high sulphur content force the liver to release enzymes. If sprouts aren’t your thing then try avocados. They are nutrient dense and aid the production of glutathione. Or an all-time favourite liver healing antidote is spinach, which also triggers toxin cleaning enzymes.


Feeling fruity: Many fruits act as liver healing remedies. Grapefruit is another source of glutathione. It also contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants which boost the production of detoxifying enzymes. Citrus fruits are always


celebrated for their healing habits; they are high in vitamin C and they stimulate the liver as well as synthesizing toxic materials into substances which are absorbed by water. Apples are high in pectin which means they cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract so the


liver can handle the toxic load more effectively.


Taking tea: A cup of herbal tea is just the ticket to get you through a cold January day. Tasty, warming and caffeine-free to


Make cleansing your liver your top New Year’s resolution. Head down to the farmers’ market and stock up on superfoods. Regenerate and cleanse. It’s


your liver and your life! t&l timeandleisure.co.uk . January 2015 . 21


cleanse your liver. Dandelion tea helps the liver break down fats which produce amino acids; it also assists in regenerating the liver. Glorious green tea comes from a plant which is bursting with antioxidants called catechins; a compound which assists liver function. Milk thistle also has a great reputation as a liver cleanser.


YOUR LIVER LOATHES Alcohol: After the party, alcohol is usually the culprit for your pounding head: it is down to dehydration. You liver works overtime to get rid of alcoholic toxins and dehydration means the body can’t flush these toxins out. Some natural healers can give you a happy head once again. Warm lemon juice is a wakeup call for the liver; it triggers nerve and hormone activation directly to the liver. Add a little squeeze to a cup of hot water when you wake up. It may be obvious but water is your body’s greatest fuel, and drinking sufficient fluid boosts the flow of nutrients to and from the liver. Also try turmeric. This spice, often used in curries, has anti-inflammatory properties which especially benefit and protect the liver. You can also try crab apple, zinc and garlic to get the grips with your holiday hangover.


Excess! When the body cannot process excess fatty food, salt, iron and Vitamin A, it stores it in the liver. This can cause abnormal liver function and inflammation, which can lead to cirrhosis.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110