Almost everyone can benefit from doing a liver cleanse in the springtime. If you're new to cleansing, it's a good idea to work with an expert who can design a program that's suited to your personal condition.
If you already eat clean and healthy, then preparing for a cleanse is fairly simple. A few days before the cleanse, eat very simple, light foods such as steamed veggies and salads with light olive oil (or flax oil) and lemon dressings, light vegetable broths and soups and fresh vegetable juices. Limit your consumption of animal products and omit fried foods. Start your day with a cleansing tea like dandelion root or nettle tea, and sip on glasses of room-temperature pure water with some lemon or lime juice throughout the day.
If you're not such a healthy eater, give your body time to prepare for a cleanse and follow the steps above for a longer period. This can be anywhere from a week to several months.
There are different approaches to detoxifying the liver and gallbladder, and for this reason I highly recommend finding a qualified naturopathic doctor or health practitioner who can guide you in the best approach for you. For years, I've done an Ayurvedic Panchakarma under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor and found it very effective. This involves daily oil and herbal massages, oil and herbal enemas and other detoxifying treatments.
Certain foods are also considered detoxifying to the liver because of their ability to emulsify and break down fats and purge toxins from the body.
Certain herbs and tonics support the healthy function of the liver and gallbladder. The most potent liver-support herb is milk thistle, also known as Silybum Marianus, which stimulates liver functioning and supports the removal of toxins from the liver. Other herbs and plants that support healthy liver and gallbladder function are dandelion root, reishi mushroom, artichoke leaf, lycium berry, barberry root, amla fruit, peppermint leaf and licorice root.
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