The liver plays an integral role in the body’s digestive processes, and this makes it very important for one to maintain a healthy liver. To put this in perspective, think about it this way: everything that is ingested, from foods to liquids, medicines and even alcohol, passes through the liver. Failure to use remedies that maintain the liver’s health is the quickest way to trash it and predispose the body to a myriad of conditions. The liver is just about the size of a soccer ball, and is located below the rib cage on the right side of the body.

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Some of the functions of the liver include cleaning the boy to get rid of toxins (detoxification), the breakdown of fats in the body using bile as well as glycogen storage to provide the body with energy in time of need. It is evident that a malfunction of the liver interferes with its role, and this increases the likelihood of increasing toxins in the body. The most important thing to notice is that when it comes to keeping the liver in good shape, the remedies listed below revolve around a healthy lifestyle alongside healthy foods that are known to improve the liver’s health. A healthy lifestyle involves, not just consuming what is good for the liver, but also avoiding what is bad for the body and liver.

 


1. Raw Garlic:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 3 Cloves of raw garlic, pestle and mortar. Garlic supplements (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

Raw garlic is an excellent home remedy for a healthy liver, thanks to its cleansing properties. The active ingredients present in the garlic help with enzyme activation within the gland, and this in turn leads to improved liver function as far as the process of detoxification is concerned. Two of the most important natural ingredients present in garlic are allicin and selenium both of which protect the liver from damage as a result of toxins present. Additional benefits of using garlic include its ability to reduce the triglyceride levels in the body as well as the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.

NOTE: To get the most of this remedy, it is recommended to use fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder. Garlic supplements may be used, but this must be done after consulting one’s personal doctor to prevent the risk of drug-drug interactions.

Directions:

  1. Peel and clean the fresh cloves of garlic and proceed to crush them using a pestle and mortar. The act of crushing is very significant because this is what releases the active ingredients present in the herbal remedy.
  2. Once you have a paste-like mass, stop crushing and chew on the garlic.
  3. Eat the crushed garlic thrice daily to maintain a healthy liver.
  4. If you do not mind the strong taste of garlic, simply peel, clean and chew on the garlic by crushing it between the teeth for the same effect.
  5. For garlic supplements, follow the dosage provided by the doctor and remember to indicate whether you are on any other medication.

 


2. Beet Roots:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of chopped beetroots, 4 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 a lemon. Alternatively, use chopped beetroots and a juicer.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Beetroots are a super food as far as maintaining a healthy liver is concerned. Beetroots are excellent liver cleansers, thanks to their high concentration of plant flavanoids and beta-carotene. When these compounds are introduced to the liver, they not only help the organ get rid of toxins, they also stimulate optimal liver function. Beetroots may be used in their juiced form or may be added to fresh salad for a refreshing option.

Directions:

  1. Place the freshly chopped beetroots in a juicer and enjoy a cup of fresh beetroot juice as part of your daily diet.
  2. The other alternative is to prepare a bowl of healthy salad using grated beetroots.
    i) Squeeze the juice of half a melon and drizzle over the beetroots before pouring the extra virgin olive oil.
    ii) Toss all the ingredients together for even mixing.
    iii) Take 1 tablespoon of the beetroots salad every couple of hours to maintain a healthy liver.

 


3. Green Tea:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Green teabag, 1 cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Green tea is one of the most popular home remedies, thanks to its ability to cleanse the body and help the liver get rid of toxins. Research shows that the catechins present in green tea enhance the breakdown of fats in the body, thus improving liver function.
What’s more, the tea is rich in antioxidants that prevent liver damage as a result of the exposure to toxic substances such as those found in alcohol. The catch to using green tea well is to take it moderately. Excessive intake of green tea has adverse effects on the body, and this may cause more damage to the liver. Honey is added because it is a natural sweetener whose health benefits complement those of the green tea.

Directions:

  1. Place the green teabag in the cup of hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.
  2. After 5 minutes, remove the teabag and stir in the honey.
  3. Drink the green tea at least twice daily for a healthy liver.

 


4. Grapefruit:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Grapefruits are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is a great immune booster. This is important for a healthy liver because in addition to its role in metabolism, the liver also plays a key function in maintaining the body’s immune response. Grapefruits also have a high concentration of glutathione. This is a potent antioxidant whose immense benefits include the elimination of free radicals and liver detoxification. Lastly, grapefruits also contain flavanoids which aid in the metabolic breakdown of fats in the body.

NOTE: Grapefruit juice has the capacity to interact with other drugs in the body. As such, it is best to check with your doctor before using this remedy to prevent drug-drug interactions.

Directions:

  1. Take a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice at least once daily.
  2. Breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to get the most benefits out of the juice.

 


5. Avocados:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Ripe avocado
Difficulty: Easy

 

Avocados are a creamy type of fruit loved the world over, not just for their delicious taste, but also for their health benefits on the liver. Avocados are rich in a compound known as glutathione. Glutathione is required by the body to help get rid of harmful toxins in the body and allow the optimal function of the liver.
In addition to this, the high concentration of monounsaturated fats in the fruit help reduce the levels of the ‘bad’ cholesterol. This, in turn, increases the amounts of ‘good’ cholesterol in the body. The latter is easily digested by the body, thus reducing the strain on the liver.

Directions:

  1. There are many ways to enjoy the avocado fruit, and all this boils down to personal preference. You may have the fruit on its own, in guacamole form or even as a spread. Whichever the method of preparation, take 2 avocados daily to help maintain a healthy liver.

 


6. Turmeric:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/4 Teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 glass of water
Difficulty: Easy

 

Turmeric is a simple and effective home remedy for the maintenance of a healthy liver. Used as a herb in the culinary world, turmeric has excellent benefits for the health of the liver. These healing properties are attributed to the presence of a compound known as curcumin.Curcumin stimulates the production of a liver enzyme involved in the process of detoxification. The enzyme is known as glutathione S-transferase, and is required for optimal liver function. Additionally, turmeric also helps eliminate damaged cells in the liver to give way to healthy new cells. Prepare this simple remedy by following the directions indicated below.

Directions:

  1. Place the turmeric powder in a glass and pour in the hot water.
  2. Stir the remedy and allow cooling for a few minutes before drinking (preferably on an empty stomach).
  3. Remember to include turmeric herb in your daily meals.

 


7. Broccoli:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of broccoli.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Broccoli is recommended for a healthy liver because it not only cleanses the liver, it is also rich in a group of compounds known as glucosinolates which help the liver with the process of detoxification. This is important because it helps protect the liver from damage as well. Additional benefits of using broccoli include its high fibre content which enhances digestion as well as its high levels of Vitamin E that assist with liver function. Add broccoli to your daily diet and enjoy this liver superpower food.

Directions:

  1. Eat half a cup of broccoli at least once daily to maintain your liver’s health.
  2. The most important thing to note is that when preparing broccoli, avoid overcooking as this leads to nutrient loss and reduces the benefits there of.

 


8. Apples:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: At least 1 organic apple a day. Fresh apple juice (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away so goes the old adage. According to recent research studies, this statement holds true particularly when it comes to the health of the liver. Apples are rich in a type of soluble fiber known as pectin. Pectin helps clean the digestive system and get rid of toxins. This is important because it helps the liver with the detoxification process. In addition to this, apples are a good source of malic acid. This is a natural cleanser that helps remove toxins from the bloodstream.

Directions:

  1. Eat at least one organic apple a day to keep the liver healthy and functional. Organic apples are preferred because they are rich in nutrients. An excellent alternative to organic apples is freshly prepared apple juice.

 


9. Lifestyle Changes:

 

Lifestyle changes are important in maintaining a healthy liver because they help enhance the function of the liver and ease the strain of detoxification. These changes, in addition to the aforementioned remedies are a great way of preventing liver damage. Below are some easy lifestyle changes that one can make over a period of time. The most important thing to remember is that while the effects may not be noticeable immediately, the effects are long lasting and work to improve liver function.

  1. Go organic and opt for non-GMO foods whenever possible. This reduces the strain placed on the liver and in the long run, improves liver function.
  2. Physical activity is important because it encourages sweating, which in turn helps get rid of toxins accumulated in the body. This is an added advantage to losing weight because it eases the burden of detoxification on the liver. What’s more, by keeping the weight in check, it is possible to prevent Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) which is a known precursor for cirrhosis.
  3. Reduce alcohol intake or avoid it altogether especially if you have liver disease. Alcohol, once consumed, is broken down to allow for the process of detoxification. Excess alcohol intake places great strain on the liver as it increases the amount of toxins to be eliminated from the body. Additionally, excessive alcohol intake causes liver scarring that leads to a fatal condition known as cirrhosis. In the same breath, cigarette smoking ought to be avoided altogether.
  4. It is recommended to chew food well in order to stimulate food digestion as well as help break down food into smaller particles.
  5. Lastly, look out for the use of certain medicines whose side effects affect liver function and may interfere with normal liver function.

 


Maintaining a healthy liver is a daily endeavor for which your body will reward you. Remember that doing so is a perfect blend between eliminating the bad things listed under lifestyle changes and increasing the good remedies listed above. In case of any doubt, or in the event that you have a pre-existing condition for which you are taking medication, it is advisable to see a qualified doctor.