7 Ways to Love Your Liver

Cruciferous Vegetables
By Be Well Health Coach Kerry Bajaj

“My liver is going to be so mad at me!”

How many times have you heard someone say that (or said it yourself) after a night of drinking too much alcohol?

Well, the truth is your liver might not be “mad” but it will have to work pretty hard to remove all those toxins. Yet it’s not just alcohol that your liver has to deal with. Everything you eat, drink, breathe, and any medications you take get filtered by the liver. It’s a busy little organ!

When the liver gets over-worked, we may end up having breakouts on our skin, which is another organ of detoxification. So supporting the liver supports the health of the whole body, and makes us look more beautiful too.

In Eat Pray Love when Elizabeth Gilbert goes to learn meditation with the medicine man in Bali, he tells her to “smile in her liver.” So how can we learn to give our liver some love?

1. Say Hello to Your Liver

First, you should know where the liver is located. If you tuck your fingers below your right rib cage, that’s where the liver hangs out. Go on, give it a little pat.

2. Drink Water with Lemon

First thing in the morning have a glass of water with fresh lemon squeezed in. This potion is alkalizing and detoxifying.

3. Do a Seated Torso Twist

The twisting yoga poses aid detoxification and stimulate digestion. The seated torso twist pose brings fresh blood to the spine, relaxes the diaphragm and stimulates liver detoxification.

4. Choose Liver-Friendly Foods

Sulfur-rich foods, such as onions, garlic and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower) are known to support your liver with detoxification.

5. Drink Liver-Friendly Tea

There are many “detox” teas available in the market. Nettle tea, dandelion tea and milk thistle tea will support the liver, or you can choose a detox blend.

6. Try a Castor Oil Pack

Applying a castor oil pack to the liver area is incredibly soothing and healing. All you need is some castor oil, a washcloth and a hot water bottle. Watch this video to learn the simple process.

7. Do a Cleanse

The Be Well Cleanse is packed with nutrients to support the liver, including milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid, MSM and dandelion. The Cleanse protocol gives you the structure and support to take a break from caffeine, alcohol and other toxins that may be dragging you down, and to incorporate tons of healthy veggies and fiber to stimulate the liver.

I hope that after following these simple steps, you’ll be able to feel the smile in your liver!

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  • Caroline

    Are these herbs safe to use if you are on hormonal birth control?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Caroline,

    They are generally believe to be safe, but they can interfere with the efficiency of the birth control pill.

  • Betsy

    Just curious, will a couple drops of Lemon essential oil work as well as a fresh squeezed lemon, in my morning water? I don’t always have lemons on hand, but I always have lemon oil.

  • Anonymous

    Fresh squeezed lemon juice is definitely the best choice in terms of getting the enzymes to stimulate the liver…

  • Colette

    Hi is this safe for people with high blood pressure? Also irregular periods? I had a c section 18 months ago and I have chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Eddie Garza

    Will the Castor oil liver pack help the liver detox heavy metals? Thanks

  • laurakraber

    I’m not sure if they will help specifically with heavy metal detox but here’s a link to a book all about Castor Oil detoxification: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DJZKMU/

  • laurakraber

    I don’t think that any of these practices are contraindicated with high blood pressure or irregular periods. Good luck!

  • Eddie Garza

    Thank you Laura. :)

  • Amylia

    Would this be safe to use when diagnosed with end stage chirrosis? My mom is very sick but willing to try anything

  • emmer

    Is the castor oil pack and the Leno. Water ok to use since I have really high ast and alt?