A lot of emphasis is placed on liver cleansing because of its role as your body’s main filter. Due to the large number of jobs the liver needs to perform, it’s very important to be kind to this vital organ. As with any filtering system, the less garbage you put through it, the easier it is on the filter. All your body systems would appreciate the following considerations, especially during a cleanse.
*Drink 6-8 cups (or more) of pure water each day. This literally helps wash out toxins.
*Keep your bowels moving a minimum of 2 times every day. This keeps the toxins moving out of your body in a timely manner and doesn’t let them reenter your bloodstream.
*Use cleansing, supportive herbs.
*Make sure you have good fiber intake. Fiber soaks up toxins and carries them out of your body.
*Replace beneficial microflora.
*A diet high in natural, wholesome foods rich in nutrients and enzymes (lots of fresh fruit and veggies, homemade hearty soups and stews, organic whenever possible).
*Watch what you eat. Don’t put more junk in while you’re trying to eliminate the garbage from your body. Eliminate processed, refined, high sugar, high fat, junk foods, and artificial sweeteners.
*Eat lightly. Don’t overeat. Allow your body to use its energy for detoxification processes.
*Lower your intake of or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
*Fresh fruit and vegetable juices can be very cleansing.
*Drugs of any kind are extremely hard on your liver. It must process these foreign materials and prepare them for elimination from your body. Take medication/drugs only when necessary or as prescribed by your doctor.
*Saunas sweat out toxins – extremely helpful.
*Epsom salt baths draw out toxins.
*Skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system. Use a soft body brush and always brush towards your heart using gentle strokes.
*Exercise keeps things moving and stimulates your lymphatic system. Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is excellent for your lymphatic system.
*Fresh lemon and/or lime juice and chlorophyll drinks are very cleansing in general. Start or end your day with a warm/hot cup of water with the freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon or lime.
*Green drinks and alfalfa are cleansing and very rich in nutrients.
There are many types of fasts that can be done to help support and cleanse your body. The most effective and easiest are the daily 10-12 hour overnight fasts. Don’t eat 2-3 hours before you go to bed. This gives your digestive system a daily rest period and lets your body’s energy be used for nightly cleanup and repair jobs. Many books are available on the subject of cleansing and fasting. Consult a health care practitioner if you would like to explore fasting.
Note: Fasts should NEVER be done during menstruation, pregnancy or lactation.
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