Help your liver help you.

Everyday we are burdened by toxins in our environment, think of car fumes, personal care and household items, foods with pesticides or herbicides, bacteria and other foreign substances or gases we inhale, ingest, or absorb into our body. The human body is amazing at developing, mechanisms at every level in order to minimize toxic overload and is continually detoxifying from the digestive system to the liver, kidney, lymph nodes and lungs (yes every time you breath you are detoxing! So another reason to take those nice deep breaths).  What we need to continually 'think about' or regulate through our daily or weekly routines is:
Q1 How can I reduce my toxic load?
Q2 How can I increase my detox mechanisms?  

The goal of detoxification is not to rid the body of all toxins (that's impossible) but to decrease the toxic load of the organ so that it can function optimally. 

Things you can do minimise toxic overload on a daily or weekly basis

  1. Work up a sweat, exercise in not only excellent for boosting circulation and helping the lymph nodes but also excretes toxins. Aim for even 20mins at least every second day. Saunas can help too. 
  2. BREATHE- yes this helps get rid of carbon dioxide from the body. 
  3. Avoid foods that are full of toxins- quite simple. These are mostly your packaged processed foods that have alot of added numbers and sulphites, flavours, artificial sweeteners, transfats, sugar. Think of margarine, dressings, fast food, pre made sauces or flavour sachets, some savoury snacks like Beef Jerky, chips or processed meat like salami, luncheon, some cereals and the list could go on! So think about what you are really eating the next time you are at the supermarket, out for lunch or thinking of the takeaways you may be going to pick up on your way home. 
  4. Avoid or limit refined grains, infact if you aren't feeling great try a gluten free, sugar free diet. 
  5. Go paraben and sodium lauryl sulphate free on your hair and skin care. There are plenty of good options around now. Your skin is the biggest organ and everything absorbed gets filtered through to the liver. Try not to overburden your liver. 
  6. Use white vinegar or baking soda cleaning products these are natural and less harsh on the skin/ body. Or at least wear gloves if you are wiping down the kitchen bench or cleaning the shower with a chemical cleaner.  Your skin absorbs these chemicals.
  7. Each day support your liver. Your liver goes through 2 stages of detoxification, for the first stage it needs nutrients like vitamin C, folate, B12, B6, B3, calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, curcumin, citrus bioflavanoids and antioxidants to help neutralize harmful toxins, so aim to get at least 2 pieces of fruit especially oranges, berries, lemons, grapefruit and 4 handfuls of vegetables per day (preferably organic) like spinach, kale, and a range of coloured vegetables. 
    Stage 2 role is to turn the toxins into harmless molecules so they can be excreted by the body. If your diet isn't sufficient in doing this then these toxins can go on to do damage to the liver and/or get recirculated around the body. Aim to have a diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips along with garlic and eggs. These all help assist stage 2 detoxification. 
  8. Limit alcohol and caffeine. 

There is many options you can do to help boost your body and minimise toxic overload. If you feel you have any issues or symptoms of having unexplained tiredness, fatigue, headaches, bloating, digestive issues then give us a call/ email and may be able to help with specific dietary plan or supplements. There is many 'detox' supplements on the market, talk to us first before you buy anything as it may not be specific to what you need. 

Easy Raw Energy Dip:

Detoxifying Dip

1 cup of parsley, roughly chopped
1 cup of spinach, roughly chopped
Other herbs you may enjoy like coriander or basil
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 4Tb) 
3-4Tb cold pressed virgin olive oil
1tsp Himalayan Salt
tsp fresh crushed garlic

Add all ingredients to the food processor and blend until finely diced. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge (should last at least a week or two) and use on gluten free crackers, as a salad dressing, with fish, on scrambled eggs or any dish.  

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