Date: 18 Jan 2023
The season of rich meals and overeating has passed and we are sure that everyone has overindulged. Removing toxins from the body is an integral part of Ayurvedic, yogic and naturopathic medicine. Symptoms of ill health in people without diagnostic evidence may be related to toxin accumulation. And what is the largest organ in our body that deals with detoxification? Yes, that's right, the liver. He works hard and needs rest. The liver does not protect against toxins in the environment or the toxins we ingest such as alcohol, processed foods, refined sugar and many others. Now is a great time to show your liver some love and help it do its better job. It is not by chance that Master Petar Dunov's famous grain regimen is in February, until the beginning of March.
Spring is the perfect time to cleanse
Spring days bring longer, warmer days where there is abundant new growth and regeneration. At this time of year, the body does not come out of this dormant winter state, calling us to rejuvenate and revitalize our overall sense of being - making spring the perfect time of year to cleanse and detox the body!
In Chinese medicine, the element that represents spring is the tree, which includes the liver and its accessory organ, the gall bladder. The cleansing of these two organs in the spring directly correlates with the balance of nature and the seasonal rhythms that surround us. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to rid our bodies (and our environment) of the "junk" that prevents us from detoxifying, rejuvenating and transforming to achieve a greater sense of well-being, health and vitality.
Your liver is overloaded with the burden of high toxin exposure, you begin to use the effect throughout your mind and body.
The most common signs are:
• Constant feeling of exhaustion and fatigue
• White or yellow coated tongue and/or bad breath
• Weight gain – especially around the abdomen
• Increased appetite and/or blood sugar problems
• Poor digestion
• Feeling nauseous eating fatty meals
• Intolerant to strong smells
• Pain in the right side of the abdomen
• Skin rashes and acne
If your liver is under stress for a long time, a condition called "fatty liver" develops. Fatty liver is the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. It is a common condition in Western countries, affecting 1 in 10 people. Serious conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cirrhosis and cancer occur after fatty liver. A simple 7-day detox program was found in a medical study to significantly reduce users' symptoms. The trend toward improvement in liver detoxification measures is consistent with the hypothesis that improved liver detoxification capacity may contribute to overall well-being.
How does food not heal?
● Studies show that frequent snacking on nuts can improve liver enzyme levels. Regular consumption of walnuts helps in detoxification of the liver as it contains amino acids, high levels of glutathione and omega 3 fatty acids that support the natural cleansing of the liver. The study found that eating walnuts improved liver function test results in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
● Almonds are also rich in vitamins that help the liver. One of the simplest tips for liver health is to eat no more than a handful of walnuts a day.
● Rich in allicin and selenium, garlic activates liver detoxification enzymes and naturally flushes toxins from the body. Two cloves of garlic in the evening, every day before going to bed, can work wonders in detoxifying the liver.
● Fresh leafy greens contain a wide variety of bioactive substances that play a major role in purifying the body.
● Eating sweet fruits, whole grains (especially oats and barley) also have hepatoprotective properties. Make sure your diet includes grapefruit, apples, avocado and lemon. These fruits are good for the intestines and have a stimulating effect on the liver. High in fiber, whole grains such as oats, brown rice, millet and barley are good choices in moderation as they can improve blood sugar regulation and lipid levels.
Which herbs are hepatoprotective and detoxifying?
There are many herbs that are beneficial for liver health, such as the well-known Cichorium intibus (chicory), Achillea millefolium (yarrow) and the exotic Andrographis paniculata, Phylanthus niruri, Capparia spinosa, Terminalia arjuna, Turmeric, Aloe, Triphala, Guduchi and many more.
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