6. Detox with Water
Most of us don’t drink enough water. When it comes to rebooting your liver, a good flush is what’s needed while replenishing supportive nutrition. Increasing water intake will help the liver to clear out.
Water filtered by reverse osmosis is best, to remove most of the chemicals that are added to municipal water. If your tap water contains fluoride, filtered water is especially important in the context of liver health, as fluoride has been found to cause fat deposits in the liver, amongst other things. (11)
We have some detoxifying infused water recipes that include herbs to help clean out the gunk while the water flushes it out—you can find them here.
7. Eat Healthy Fats
Trans fats that come from hydrogenated oils will clobber your liver. Organic cold-pressed virgin oils are healthy fats that will support it with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and other nutrients.
Other healthy fat sources include:
Coconut oil, with its medium-chain fatty acids, is especially healing for the liver. Its antioxidants prevent liver toxicity and speed healing after chemotherapy and antibiotic damage. (12, 13) You can increase your coffee’s abilities as a liver-healer by mixing in a spoonful of coconut oil instead of creamer.
Olive oil is also very supportive of the liver. Some of its potency escapes when heated so if you’re looking to specifically assist your liver, pour it out of the bottle directly in foods.
For a natural liver detox flush: mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and drink first thing upon awakening before breakfast. Olive oil prevents the build-up of bad fats in the liver and lemon cleans and protects.