Liver Cleansing Diet Explained
A liver cleansing detox diet is very similar to a regular detox diet, except it includes more of some specific foods intended to promote renewal and healing in the liver. Any detox diet should be made up of mainly fruits and vegetables, raw nuts, seeds beans and non-glutenous grains. It should also exclude, at least during the initial detox phase, any caffeine, wheat, refined sugars, carbonated beverages, alcohol, or other processed, preservative-laden toxic foods.
Most of us, unfortunately, eat in a way which fatigues our livers and our digestive system. This means the colon becomes backed up and plugged, and, when the body is not properly eliminating, toxins stay in our blood and our organs. This is why the liver becomes sluggish and inefficient. In a body that is full of harmful substances, the liver consistently soaks up more poison and sludge than it can bare.
The moment we stop putting this stuff in our body is the moment we begin to cleanse.
Just eliminating some of the worst foods, like caffeine, dairy, sugar and wheat is incredibly healing. Our cells begin to renew immediately and our colons, kidneys and liver start to heal. We typically also experience strong cravings for processed meals, and we can begin to feel weak, ill or nauseous when stored poisons are flushed out of our cells and flood our stomachs on their way out of the body. All of this is perfectly normal and a sign of healing.
The other thing we do to cleanse the liver, aside from stopping our harmful eating habits, is to give it plenty of cleansing, healing nutrients. This means dark, leafy greens, berries, and plenty of raw vegetables. Non-glutenous grains like quinoa and amaranth are also allowed, as are raw nuts and seeds, especially almonds and pumpkin seeds. Anything cleansing, such as fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh garlic, or green juice is going to speed the healing and cleansing process and make us feel better, faster.
We can also speed the process by getting plenty of exercise. Even if it is just a vigorous walk each day, exercising will help our skin and lungs expel even more toxins, taking another load off of the liver and colon. Rebounding and bike riding are two more excellent ways to get the blood pumping and flush away harmful substances hiding in muscle and fat tissue.
A cleanse typically last 30 days, during which we can overcome food cravings, establish new eating habits, heal, and shed unwanted or unneeded body fat, and, most importantly, rid our bodies and livers of toxic waste. Most people experience more energy, better sleeping habits, and weight loss within the first two weeks, although those who are already underweight or at a normal weight tend to just experience additional energy and health. After one month, the cleanse is maintained through continued focus on eating whole foods and limiting others.
There really isn’t a better time to start than right now.
Spring is coming, and this means more opportunity for activity and more fresh fruits and vegetables available at the grocery store. Let’s take advantage and make this summer our best and healthiest summer yet!