If you’ve over-done it and you’re looking for a natural way to give your liver a boost, these are the elixirs wellness enthusiasts swear by to recharge their system and give their health a quick boost.
St. Mary’s Thistle
St. Mary’s Thistle is a herb many swear by to boost liver function and recharge it when damaged from alcohol and carbon tetrachloride, supposedly regenerating damaged cells.
The juice of half a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system, which is very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.
The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.
The spice that colours curries yellow, and was also used to dye the robes of Hindu priests. Turmeric has impressive anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body, including the liver, which is why so many people swear by the stuff in their cooking… or in their latte.
Drinking sufficient fluids such as water, tea and herbal tea, improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver.
Zinc is important in many enzyme reactions throughout the body. In particular, zinc is needed by the liver enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you drink, you need zinc.
A long history of healing ailing livers. Dandelion root coffee is black and bitter, making it an excellent coffee alternative if you are keen on improving your all-round wellbeing.