The liver is one of the main organs of elimination in the human body. It’s located on the right side of the upper abdomen right under the ribs. It, along with the lungs are the largest organs in the human body.
The liver is extremely important in maintaining a healthy body. The liver is responsible for a multitude of chemical processes that take place in our bodies. So much so that medical science has not been able to invent one apparatus that will do all the things that the liver does for us. The liver is charged with the duty of processing most of the harmful chemicals that end up in our blood stream into non toxic chemical by products. For this reason, you can think of your liver as the waste treatment plant of your body. With this in mind, let’s talk about the importance of a liver detox diet plan.
Each one of us everyday comes in contact with many different toxins and chemicals that we don’t notice. Because it is part of our everyday lives, most of us do not think about all the harmful products that we are exposed to. If you think for a minute, you’ll probably be able to think of a few of the more common and familiar pollutants that we live with regularly. One of the big ones is automobile exhaust. Another is second hand smoke. Another are the chemicals that are added to our tap water in order to kill potentially deadly germs.
All of the above pollutants, while accepted as part of every day life, are ingested by millions of people every day, all day. Whether we eat, drink, or breathe them in, these chemicals find a way into our bodies and blood stream. Once they’re inside, our body goes to work protecting us against their harmful effects.
Here’s something else to think about two of the above mentioned sources of bodily toxins are introduced through the external environment. There are many more that are willfully taken into our bodies regularly also. Have you ever read the ingredients on your bottle of Gatorade or on that pizza you may be defrosting for dinner? Or, have you read the label on your antiperspirant or your make up container? I don’t know what all those chemicals do either, but, our liver does its best to make sure they don’t harm us.
For these and other reasons many people use a liver detox diet plan periodically through out the year in order to help support liver function. A liver detox plan can, but does not have to be long restrictive dietary process. It can be as simple as taking supplements that support the liver on a regular basis. Or, it can be take the form of a scheduled ritual dietary practice.
Any liver detox diet plan should consider the addition of the herb Milk Thistle. Apparently this little herb has been shown to work wonders in supporting and even helping the liver to regenerate. Milk Thistle contains a substance called Silymarin, a flavonolignan for all the nutritional scientists reading this.
Research into this little herb has shown so much promise that the use of it in Germany alone accounts for 180 million dollars(US) of business. Now, that’s a lot of money on just one herb.
Naturally, any good liver detox diet program will want to exclude any substances that are known to harm the liver. Any alcoholic beverages should be avoided. And, not just beverages alone. Over the counter medications that contain alcohol should be avoided also. While this article cannot mention every thing that could be harmful to the liver, it’s probably a good rule of thumb to avoid any drugs or chemical products that are not truly necessary while you are performing the Liver detox diet plan.
In addition, your diet should be as simple and as natural as possible in order to relieve any potential burden on the digestive, or organs of elimination as a whole. Your liver will thank you over and over again.
As with any detox cleansing diet, please be responsible, and consult your professional health adviser before starting any program that is new to you.