The health of your liver can determine your weight, mood, energy levels, and quality of sleep. Are you looking after this critical organ?
For many of us, spring is a chance to revive our health and wellbeing goals. The long winter months can lead to food and lifestyle choices that don’t always contribute to our good health (or our beach body). We may enter spring with the best intentions for our bodies and minds but can be unsure of what to do.
When it comes to bearing the brunt of winter indulgence, the liver probably carries the heaviest load in our body. It detoxifiesdaily toxins such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, trans fats, refined foods, unnatural skin care products, medications and pain killers,regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels, assists with hormone balance and supports our metabolism.
Fortunately the liver has an incredible capacity to multitask, however if it’s working too hard in one area, it gets out of balance in another.
An overburdened liver can reveal itself in a number of different ways including:
- Sleep and performance. Feeling tired, waking up during the night; foggy thinking and poor memory Irritability, short temper, low mood, feeling sluggish
- Weight, appetite and physical appearance. Weight gain, especially around midriff; poor appetite in the morning; sugar cravings or cravings for refined carbohydrate foods (pastries, cakes, pasta, bread); cellulite
- Poor ability to digest fatty meals, nausea, bloating, burping, excessive flatulence
- Premenstrual symptoms, or other hormonal imbalances.
The best way to get your weight, moods, sleep, skin and energy back on track is to give your liver a little love! A spring cleanse is a wonderful way to reduce your liver’s workload and strengthen its working capacity.
Four Week Cleanse Package
The Holistic Medical Centre’s four week cleanse package includes
- One-hour initial naturopath consultation for a full personal health assessment
- a detox guide and recipes
- Two, half-hour follow-up naturopath consultations to guide you through your cleanse
- Three body composition tests, which will assess your body health and composition before, during & after the cleanse.
Top Foods For Your Cleanse
- Go Green. Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, watercress and brussel sprouts. These contain compounds that assist the production of the liver’s detoxifying enzymes, improving the livers capacity to deal with toxins.
- Spring into sulphur.. Cruciferous vegetables, eggs, onions, raw garlic, leaks and spring onion are all excellent sources of sulphur compounds.
- Bitter is better… help to promote natural detoxification by the liver and reduce cravings for sweet foods. They also stimulate bile flow and the production of digestive enzymes which supports healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Excellent bitter foods for a spring cleanse include rocket, endives, mustard leaf, dandelion greens, kale, turmeric and grapefruit.
- Antioxidants assist liver function and protect it from the potentially damaging after-effects of detoxification. Fresh fruits and vegetables, and herbs and spices, provide an abundance of natural antioxidants. Some of the highest-rated antioxidant foods include goji berries, blueberries, raw dark chocolate, rosemary, thyme, turmeric . Catechins found in green tea are also potent antioxidants.
- Get toned. Liver-toning herbs such as dandelion root and milk thistle act as digestive bitters and also help to strengthen and tone the liver. Clinical studies have proven the ability of milk thistle to repair liver damage.
There are many benefits of a cleanse but cleansing isn’t about depriving yourself. It’s an opportunity to indulge your body with wonderful nutrients, rid your body of unwanted toxins and give yourself the gift of renewed energy levels and a healthier body and mind.