14 Day Detox
A couple more days and you can go back to your old ways… but will you? Don’t you prefer some of the healthier options you’ve been choosing? How about having a little more of that virtuous glow in your day-to-day lives? Wouldn’t your liver and kidneys be grateful…? Yes, they would!
Here are some of the things your liver does for you:
- Helping with fat metabolism – dealing with cholesterol, for example. Properly metabolised fats are necessary for the integrity of the membrane around the cells of the body, so without good fat metabolism you are more likely to have dodgy skin and poor memory, focus and concentration, as well as being more likely to struggle with your weight.
- Producing and excreting bile for fat metabolism. Bile moving into the small intestine also triggers peristalsis in the large intestine, thus reducing the likelihood of constipation.
- Helping with carbohydrate metabolism. This helps you to balance your weight and produce sufficient energy to keep yourself going.
- Producing heat – if your liver isn’t working properly your temperature control can be poor.
- Breaking down insulin and other hormones such as oestrogen. If oestrogen levels go up in women they are more likely to experience PMS. In men, higher oestrogen contributes to BPH.
- Producing coagulation factors – this stops you bleeding to death.
- Breaking down haemoglobin, toxic substances and most medicinal products. Without this function you would quickly drown in a pool of your own toxicity.
- Storing useful things such as glycogen, vitamin B12, iron and copper.
Medical science is unable to emulate all the functions of the liver. It’s a good idea to be nice to it! This detox programme has been giving your liver a much-needed break after the excesses of the holidays. You can keep up the good work by minimising your intake of alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar and fatty, fried foods. Ensuring that your bowels are moving at least once per day is another painless way of taking some strain away from the hard-working liver.
Superfood for your liver
Artichoke, also known as Cynara, is a real tonic for the liver. It helps the liver to break down artery-blocking cholesterol, reduces the amount you pick up from food, and decreases the amount you make yourself. When you consider how tasty it can also be, you wonder why we don’t serve it up on a regular basis, as they do on the Continent (where the rates of coronary heart disease are lower than ours!).
You can find artichoke ready to serve in jars (strain off the oil it’s preserved in first), if adventurous cooking is not in your line. Add it to salads, slice it onto wholemeal pizza, or splash it into green soups. If you don’t think you will be able to get it into your life regularly, try Cynara tincture.