How to detoxify your liver naturally
Regular detoxing flushes out toxins, removes heavy metals and cleanses the liver.
In this article I’ve put together a list of 7 of the best liver detox supplements to help you detoxify your body naturally.
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Is it necessary to detox?
Every day we’re confronted by toxins – exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, pesticides in our food, perfumes, cosmetics, prescription medications … the list goes on.
An accumulation of toxins increases inflammation and puts extra stress on the liver and other organs.
Over time the body can become overwhelmed and that’s when we start to feel the effects of toxicity.
Some of the most common symptoms of toxicity are:
- Feeling tired or lethargic
- Poor memory and brain fog
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Skin rashes
- Muscle aches and pains
- Bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings
Detoxification is the process of removing built up toxins from the body.
The liver has the largest role in detoxification. The kidneys, lungs, bowel and skin also play a part.
The most damaging toxins are heavy metals including lead, mercury and aluminium, which can damage the nervous system and increase the risk of depression, anxiety and cancer.
Mercury can enter the body through amalgam (silver) dental fillings and consumption of fish, in particular shark, swordfish and marlin.
Aluminium is found in antiperspirant deodorants, antacids, some cosmetics and aluminium pots and pans.
Lead can be found in contaminated soil, lead-based paint and lead pipes.
Contaminants in the home
Some common contaminants within the home include cleaning products, air fresheners, insecticides, candles, plastic products containing bisphenol-A (BPA) and flame retardants in new furniture and carpet.
How to reduce toxin exposure
Limit processed foods, especially foods containing artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and MSG.
Consider installing a water filter or use a carbon filter jug or bottle.
Check the ingredients of your cosmetics and personal care products and consider switching to natural products if they contain sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, triclosan, petroleum, talc or phthalates.
Reduce the level of toxins in your home by using natural products wherever possible, keeping windows open for fresh air and having some indoor plants in the house.
Liver Detox Supplements
Here are 7 of the best liver detox supplements:
1. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk Thistle, also known as St. Mary’s Thistle, is one of the most powerful liver detoxifiers.
Milk Thistle also helps to reduce liver inflammation and damage to the liver caused by excessive alcohol intake, hepatitis and fatty liver disease.
2. Barley Grass Juice Powder
Barley grass juice powder is a powerful liver cleanser that also boosts the immune system.
It contains vitamins C, E and B12 as well as chlorophyll and beta carotene.
Spirulina contains chlorophyll, antioxidants such as beta carotene and phycocyanin, protein, B vitamins as well as a range of minerals.
Glutathione is essential for preventing oxidative damage to cells and also plays a role in all stages of liver detoxification.
In phase two detoxification, glutathione binds to toxic molecules to prepare them to be removed from the body.
Selenium is a mineral that binds to mercury so it can be safely removed from the body.
It’s also a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals.
6. Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
Nettle Leaf is a diuretic herb that helps the body to eliminate toxins through the urine.
Nettle Leaf also stimulates the lymphatic system and supports the kidneys to eliminate waste. 
7. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion root is a bitter herb that helps with digestion, stimulates the gastric juices and increases the release of bile, which carries toxins out of the body.
Dandelion root is also a diuretic, which helps the kidneys to flush out excess fluid and waste.
Here are two recommended detox supplements:
Protocol For Life Balance Liver Detox is a comprehensive liver detox formula.
It contains Milk Thistle, Artichoke, Beet, Raspberry leaf, Pancreatin, Glutathione, NAC, Grapeseed, Alpha-lipoic acid, L-Carnitine, Scuttellaria, Schisandra, Barberry, Turmeric and L-Methionine.
Quicksilver Scientific Ultra Binder latches on to toxins and removes them safely from the body.
It contains Zeolite, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Chitosan and Aloe Vera.
Foods for Detoxification
Foods including cilantro (coriander), garlic, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, citrus fruits and green tea also help with detoxification.
It’s a good idea to discuss any detox supplements or herbal remedies with your healthcare provider because some supplements and herbs can interact with prescription medications.
I hope these tips will help you to reduce the toxins around your home and detoxify your body naturally.