Water (plain or with lemon) and herbal teas are a great way to flush our filters. Our bodies are 70-percent water, so maintaining adequate fluid levels is essential for carrying waste products out of the liver and into the kidneys for excretion.
Tumeric contains an ingredient called curcumin. It's the yellow pigment that makes up the turmeric spice and is supposed to help reduce cellular inflammation. Research is looking at curcumin's ability to repair liver cells and it may even be chemopreventive (helps to prevent cancer).
Green tea is rich in catechins, a type of plant antioxidant which helps to reduce fat storage in the liver and boosts liver function.
Be wary of cleanse or detox protocols that eliminate a full food group such as protein, carbohydrates or even fat, or that have significant calorie restrictions. If you're consuming less than one's basal metabolic rate (the minimum amount of energy needed for organ function)—like less than 1200 calories—you run the risk of slowing down your metabolism and increasing the loss of lean muscle tissue.
If you're concerned for your overall health and well being, consider changes to your eating and exercise habits. The positive effects will be cumulative. If you add these tips into your regular routine, you will keep your body running like a fine-tuned machine.
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