The holidays have arrived, and honestly, I couldn’t be happier! This is the time of year for cheer, but it’s also the time of year when our liver – the organ tasked with detoxifying our entire body – gets kicked into overdrive.
Eggnog, toddys, chocolates, and indulgent meals all force the liver to work harder to process everything going in, under the conditions of very little sleep and too much stress no less.
This contributes to a feeling of sluggishness which is characterized as the Christmas blah’s. But this is the time of cheer after all – so do yourself a favor, and help bring back the cheer to your liver with these purifying strategies!
Starting every morning in December with a simple tonic of hot water and fresh squeezed lemon juice helps deliver antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to our livers, which help boost its ability to work properly.
Power Packed Protein
By boosting a smoothie with the addition of nuts or chia seeds, you’re supplementing the liver with amino acids that are crucial for it to be able to remove toxins immediately. Aiming for high-quality protein, about 60 g per day is important, so stay away from saturated animal fats, as they will only serve to stress the liver more.
Fiber Is Your Friend
Getting a steady supply of cruciferous vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and dark leafy greens, and eliminating wheat and swapping it for healthier alternatives like millet or brown rice, helps to reduce allergic reactions, thereby allowing the liver to work more effectively. Having a steady supply of fiber keeps the gut strong, and the gut is the core of immunity in the body.
Taking in enough fiber through smoothies ensures regular bowel movements, which remove toxins collected in the liver.
Nuts, like almonds and pecans, and legumes like lentils, are brimming with B vitamins. Finish off smoothies, brown rice and cereal with a tablespoon of wheat germ to boost B vitamin and fiber intake. Thiamine, an essential B vitamin, may also improve the body’s ability to withstand holiday induced stress, which takes a toll on the system.
A daily green juice or smoothie will help detoxify the liver and supercharge your system with antioxidants that repair cell damage. Vegetables like kale and Swiss chard turn the liver on, so it can begin flushing toxins out of the body.
The holidays are one of the best times of the year; full of parties, togetherness and a carefree approach to health. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Stave off holiday sluggishness by boosting your liver function with these easy to adapt holiday health tips!