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Should You Detoxify Your Liver?

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If you happen to land upon a fastidious advocate of colon cleanses, detox diets, and juice fasts who talks about nothing but a healthy lifestyle, secretly hoping to shed every last bit of the unnecessary weight, your mind begins wandering.

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Is a detox genuinely helpful? Can you lose weight if you try one? Will it make you more healthy? Will it enhance your lifespan? Can a detox clean all toxins out of your body?

Well, wonder no more. In this space, we’ll discuss how much of the liver detoxification theory is made of fact and how much of it is pure conjecture.

Is There Any Toxicity in the Human Liver?

Toxins enter our body through air (when we breathe), food, and skin. The body cells that die and the bacteria that enter our body from outside and disintegrate here also contain unsafe elements.

Since blood goes through the liver for various nutritional and filtering purposes, every corrupt bit is removed from the blood, accumulated, and then sent on its way out of the body.

Not having toxins in our body isn’t much of an option. While you may steer clear of dangerous drugs, unprotected sex, and other apparently poisonous elements to help serve the purpose, you’ll still be vulnerable to the toxins present in food additives, medications, pollutants, even water.

Add the overindulging holiday spirit involving alcohol and restriction free dining to this equation, and you have a liver that has to work overtime to keep you from falling sick or dying.

How Does a Liver Detox Work?

It’s meant to take away the bad food (think processed food, bad fats, prescription medicines, etc.) and replace them with whole foods, proteins, healthy fats, and lots of filtered water.

A detox process relies on the assumption that you will reduce the toxic load on your liver by opting for healthy, preferably organic food. It may take a few weeks and involve therapeutic supplements.

The cleansing process involves cleaning the intestinal tract and the toxins accumulated in the liver. The body’s attention is shifted from digestion to washing toxins away.

The next step involves eating right. You have to eat fresh and organic fruits and vegetables that are rich sources of sulphur and vitamins A, C. You must also choose healthy fats like walnut, flax, hemp, coconut, etc. All alcohol and smoking habits must be halted.

What Is a Liver Detoxification Process Supposed to Do?

It may help reduce the following symptoms.

  • Mood swings
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating/gas
  • Stiff muscles and body aches
  • Abdominal swelling and pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dark urine and pale stool
  • Poor digestion
  • Itchy skin

Contrary to popular belief, a liver detox seldom leads to weight loss. It helps enhance fat metabolization, hormonal equation, and clears the liver of accumulated junk.

However, any weight lost is simply water weight, and it only happens when you implement a strictly juice based diet. The water weight reappears as soon as you go back to a regular diet. Only, it may leave you body low on carbs, proteins, fat, and fibre. It is better if your liver detox diet is designed to be healthy.

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