There are a variety of methods for restoring optimal liver function, many of which you can do on your own.
For example, you can start your day by drinking a glass of pure, filtered water to which you add the juice of a fresh-squeezed, organic lemon. Doing this will help reduce acidity in your body and help your liver eliminate toxins.
Eating liver-cleansing foods on a regular basis will also help. Some of the best foods are cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and radishes. These foods help boost the production of enzymes in the liver that flush out toxins.
As an added bonus, cruciferous vegetables have also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
Various nutritional supplements, such as vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), can also help, as can various herbal remedies such as dandelion root, milk thistle, peppermint, and turmeric.
Here is a juice recipe you can also use to nourish your liver if you have a juicer or a blender or food processor capable of making vegetable juice. All you need is one medium-sized, organic carrot; one medium, organic cucumber; two medium-sized, organic beets (including the beet tops); and one whole, peeled, organic clove of garlic.
It’s important that these foods be organic so that you can be sure they are free of pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins used in nonorganic farming practices, all of which place burden on your liver.
Wash each vegetable and then add it to your juicer or other kitchen device. Before drinking the juice, you can add a pinch of sea salt or Celtic salt, if you wish. Drinking a small glass of this juice on a regular basis will help stimulate your liver to flush out stored toxins.
Another technique you can use to help balance the liver is to massage the acupuncture point called Liver 3 clockwise for one minute twice a day. That point is found on the top of your feet.
You can locate Liver 3 by running your finger in the groove between your big toe and second toe, one inch below the web space, where it will sink into a small depression. This point is often used by acupuncturists to balance the liver and reduce liver stagnation.
According to acupuncture theory, regularly massaging this point can help improve a variety of conditions, including digestion, constipation, nausea, vision issues (such as blurred or reddened vision), swollen eyes, headache, pain or tension in the upper torso, and insomnia — all of which can be caused or made worse by sluggish liver function.
Additionally, massaging Liver 3 can help ease feelings of anxiety, anger, and irritability, which Chinese medicine also associates with a stagnant or sluggish liver.
For best results, you want to massage this point on both of your feet.
These simple self-care steps can go a long way to helping your liver do the job it was designed to do — keep you healthy.
(Adapted from "Outstanding Health: The 6 Essential Keys To Maximize Your Energy and Well Being" by Michael Galitzer MD and Larry Trivieri Jr. For more information, visit www.outstandinghealthbook.com)
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