With lots of parties and festivities throughout December we need to look after our liver to help us detoxify the additional load on the body. This could be extra alcohol, reduced amounts of exercise, extra cake and chocolates, and all the other normal lovely festive treats!
- Drink water – getting around 2 litres of water a day will support the liver in cleaning and detoxifying. It also helps our skin look less haggard after a late night! Alcohol is a diuretic so the liver will need to drag water from other sources if you’ve been drinking.
- Get your 7 a day – eating 5 vegetables and 2 fruit a day will help to increase your fibre which supports our detoxification processes. If we don’t pass a bowel movement at least once a day substances can begin to recirculate around the body from the colon. These are often more toxic than the first time they were cleared out and can put additional strain on the liver. Fruit and veg are also full of minerals and vitamins that we need for optimal health.
- Anti-inflammatory foods are beneficial for the liver – turmeric, garlic, onions, ginger are all great to include in the diet during winter. These foods help to warm us up from the inside, useful when it’s so cold! Green leafy vegetables are also important to include – adding some greens to your diet each day will help detoxification processes.
- Milk thistle has been used for centuries as a traditional liver support. Some people find it may help them feel better if taken before bed after drinking alcohol, and again in the morning.