It’s that time of year again when we have overindulged a bit during the holidays and are ready to get back on track. One of our organs that takes the brunt of holiday food is our liver. The liver works to process those extra glasses of wine, sugary treats and fatty casseroles. If you are feeling a little bloated and sluggish it’s time to give your liver some love and attention. Here are some ways to gently support your liver.
Take a little break from alcohol
- Alcohol is very taxing to your liver. Even giving yourself a few days off is a big help.
- Fiber binds to hormones, toxins and other by products of the liver to remove them from the body. Increasing whole grains and vegetables is a good way to get more fiber.
- Shoot for 50% of your body weight (in fluid ounces) every day. Herbal tea and broth-y soups count.
- Green Tea
- Leafy greens
- Olive oil
- Lemons and Limes
- Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage)
Here's a delicious recipe to show your liver some love!
Dr. Sara Jean Barrett is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and co-founder of Wellness Minneapolis. She is also the Vice President of the Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a Member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Click here to learn more about Dr. Barrett.