• Make sure you have plenty of vegetables on hand on days you are not having the cleansing juices.  Organic or spray free if possible. 
  • Particularly effective for the liver are beet root, celery, spinach, capsicums, asparagus, and globe artichoke. 
  • Excellent enzyme support comes from the brassica family - cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
  • Herbs are very cleansing and high in nutrients including iron, calcium and magnesium.
  • A good fibre intake is of the utmost importance for proper elimination of toxins during a cleanse - soaking chia seeds and flax seeds to add to smoothies, green apples grated over Bircher muesli, kiwi fruit, a little quinoa or buckwheat with some sprouted legumes, a big green mixed salad will all help with this task.
  •  Protein is important as it contains essential amino acids for the detoxification pathways in the liver. Too much protein however can tax the liver as it has to produce more bile and digestive enzymes to perform this task.  Limit your preferred choice of protein intake.
  • Olive oil, hempseed oil, flax seed oil and coconut oil all support the liver thoroughly during a cleanse by encouraging the liver and gall bladder to contract and carry more toxins out of the body.  Add liberally to salads and smoothies.
  • Eat plenty of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha to supply a great source of healthy bacteria to keep your gut function optimal and your body more alkaline.
  • Eat raw garlic daily.  Garlic is rich in allicin, a compound important for liver detoxification  pathways, antioxidant rich and wonderful antimicrobials to deter parasites and fungal infections 
  • Globe artichoke, dandelion leaves, bitter greens, such as rocket, chicory, endive, mizuna, watercress - all work to encourage digestive juices and stimulates the liver to produce more  bile for better elimination of toxins.
  • Body brushing - using a long handled soft bristle brush or a loofa, brush in a circular motion from the bottom of your feet up your body towards your heart and then from your hands, down your arms and your upper body towards your heart.  This encourages lymphatic drainage and increases detoxification through the skin and muscles.  Follow with a warm shower and if you can stand it, alternating warm and cold to further stimulate the body, improve circulation 
  • Sea swimming - A very naturopathic approach to cleansing.  The natural minerals in the saltwater encourage detoxification and the exercise encourages elimination.  You come out of the water tingling, energised and with the softest skin. 
  • Saunas - preferably 'Infrared' saunas which by heating the body more slowly than a conventional sauna encourage deeper detoxification in the tissues.  More gyms and health centres are installing these.  Conventional saunas are still great and encourage sweating.
  • Breathing - try and spend a few minutes every day getting into the habit of breathing deeply.  Deep breathing is important in the cleansing process as it clears toxins from the lungs, reduces acidity in the blood and calms the mind.
  • Exercise of any sort is great as it increases circulation of blood and lymphatic tissue, makes you sweat, stimulates good bowel elimination, encourages deeper breathing, burns calories and releases natural endorphins to make you feel good. 
  • Sleep - generally you can feel more tired at the start of a cleanse, so go with that and get plenty of sleep if you can.   Sleeping enables the body to carry out important repair work so aim to get a minimum of 7 hours per night.

 

There are some great herbs for supporting the liver:

 

  • Milk Thistle - liver protective, stimulates regeneration of healthy liver cells, anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant
  • Dandelion - bitter greens such as dandelion stimulate digestion and the liver and promote the flow of bile, important for eliminating toxins and helping with the absorption of fats in the body.  Excellent for a sluggish liver, digestion and constipation and great for skin complaints
  • Globe artichoke - like Milk Thistle, an excellent liver restorative and protector
  • Rosemary - stimulates production of bile and inhibits toxic damage to the liver
  • Turmeric - powerful antioxidant and liver protector
  • Slippery Elm powder - this mucilage nous powder from the bark of the Slippery Elm tree is soothing to the intestinal tract and helps prevent reabsorption of toxins when unloaded into the digestive tract.

These tips don’t need to be just limited to when you are doing a cleanse, every day we are exposed to toxins in our environment from many different sources, to keep our bodies optimally healthy we should think about adding some of these habits to our daily regimes.

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