Top 5 Liver Detox Essentials for a Healthy Liver Cleanse

You work hard and you play even harder as part of your active social lifestyle. You take care of business, so time to take care of your liver. Here are the five best options for a healthy liver detox and cleanse.

Water

Duh! So obvious that we didn’t count water in the list of 5.  Water transports the toxins out of the liver, carries the nutrients into the cells, and hydrates the body. This goes without saying, but we had to give a subtle reminder. Drink water, but not so much that you experience hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood is too low. Be cognizant of your intake by consuming the recommended 128 ounces for men and 88 ounces for women.

#1 NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)

Increases Glutathione levels in the liver. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and has many health benefits. Cysteine is a naturally occurring sulfur based amino acid and is the precursor to glutathione levels. Cysteine and glutathione are not well absorbed by the body, so N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (the acetylated form) is utilized because it is more readily absorbed orally. Foods rich in cysteine are Eggs and Poultry.

#2 Silymarin aka Milk Thistle Extract

Milk Thistle Extract protects new liver cells from damage and repair previously damaged liver cells. Silymarin, more commonly known as Milk thistle or St. Mary Thistle, is a flowering herb related to the daisy and native to the Mediterranean region. Milk Thistle is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Milk thistle extract is typically taken orally to maintain a healthy liver and to protect the liver from the negative effects of toxins caused by alcohol metabolism.

#3 Potassium

Potassium is an electrolyte and a positively charged ion in the fluid inside of cells. Potassium and sodium (which is on the outside of cells) work together to maintain cell balance and membrane potential. In addition to helping cleanse your liver, potassium helps to hydrate the body, lower systolic blood pressure and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of 4700 milligrams per day? Probably not. Add some potassium supplementation to your diet. Foods rich in potassium are sweet potatoes, bananas and coconuts.

#4 B-Vitamins

B-vitamins assist other ingredients in metabolic processes and protect the liver against self inflicted toxins. Vitamin B6 detoxifies the liver by clearing excessive homocysteine. Vitamin B12 is present in every cell. B12 plays an important role in chemical balance and helps process amino acids. Vitamin B12 is used to detoxify the body by limiting reactions to sulfites and to break down sugars. Foods rich in b-vitamins are dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus.

#5 Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E

Select one or take all 3. Everyone is different, so select a combination that works for your active social lifestyle. Essential for the detoxification in the liver. These antioxidants help cells neutralize free radicals that cause cellular damage. Liver function is compromised when there is not enough vitamin C in the body to process the free radicals and toxins. Vitamin D3 supplementation helps support the liver and increase glutathione levels. The body can manufacture Vitamin D3 by exposure to sunshine. So for you night owls, get some Vitamin D3 supplements. Vitamin E is significantly related to increases in glutathione, so supplement with 100 IU/day. Foods rich in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, papaya and strawberries. Foods rich in vitamin D3 are fatty fish like tuna and salmon. Foods rich in Vitamin E are plant seeds and wheat germ.

Your liver loves you. The liver works hard to take care of your body, so work hard to take care of your liver.

Created July 2 2015 by Chris Fenton