How do you know if your body is unwell ?
Your digestive system will make you bloated and sore, your lungs will leave you breathless or lightheaded, and your heart will give you pain or start to beat in a strange way.
But what about all your other organs?
You don’t even notice your liver or kidneys until they’re diseased or in a critical state.
However, just because you don’t feel them, doesn’t mean you should ignore them. The liver, for one, not only detoxifies your body, it also stores sugar and nutrients, breaks down hemoglobin, insulin, and hormones, converts ammonia to urea, supports metabolism, and destroys old red blood cells (1).
How To Care For Your Liver
Since your liver filters out waste and toxins, everything you ingest passes through it. The easiest way to keep your liver healthy is by eating organic, whole foods with plenty of fiber and nutrients.
It’s also important to eat regularly, abstain from alcohol as much as possible, and take it easy on the sweets. And last but not least, stay away from over-the-counter pills and prescriptions drugs as much as possible.
If you find yourself indulging a bit too much, detox your liver with this simple drink to make your liver feel brand new!
- One handful of fresh mint leaves
- ½- 1 cup of organic pure orange juice with pulp
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice + 1tsp lemon rind
- 1 liter of filtered water
- Raw honey (to taste)
- Add mint to the boiling water.
- Simmer for 5 minutes and add lemon rind.
- Remove from heat and wait until cool.
- Add orange and lemon juice as well as honey.
- Mix well and enjoy throughout the day.
Here’s what each ingredient does:
Oranges are high in vitamin C, which fights inflammation, and prevents cardiovascular disease, eye diseases, and immune system deficiencies (2).
Pulp found in orange juice can also act as a sponge to help expel bile, which contains all the toxic material the liver filters out of your blood.
Lemon is the liver detox food by excellence. It contains large amounts of Citrate, which inhibits the activity of toxins and enhances your body’s ability to naturally remove them. Dutch researchers have also found that compound in lemon peel helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which be beneficial in treating fatty liver disease (3).
The BMC (BioMed Centra) Pharmacology magazine also published a study which found that hesperidin (a citrus bioflavonoid found in lemons) has hepatoprotective abilities.
Mint contains a beneficial amount phytoestrogens that protect the against the hepatitis C virus. While too many phytoestrogens can cause reproductive problems and lead to estrogen-sensitive cancers, a small amount found in mint and other plants inhibiting viral RNA replication (4).