If you are thinking of doing a post Christmas detox, you may want to consider supporting your liver, otherwise you could end up feeling worse!
The liver is the main organ that deals with detoxification, removing toxins from the blood and changing them into harmless water soluble substances that are secreted via our urine, bile, faeces or sweat. Sometimes however the liver needs a bit of help.
The detoxification process within the liver is two-stage, comprising phase I and phase II detoxification pathways, with both phases essential for effective detoxification. In the case of phase I pathway being activated but phase II pathway being sluggish, the liver is put under serious pressure, leaving toxins to circulate around the body causing various uncomfortable symptoms, not least feeling like you have a constant hangover!
So, if you find your detox regime leaves you feeling even worse than before you might want to consider the following to give your liver a helping hand. Vitamin C, Milk Thistle, Molybdenum, Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) are just some of the supplements/nutrients that can help to support the liver, either as standalone or as part of a liver support complex.
Other ways of helping to eliminate toxins include:
- Saunas: Helps to improve circulation and therefore assist detoxification
- Contrast showers: Alternating warm and cold water helps to encourage lymphatic flow
- Dry skin brushing: Encourages lymphatic flow – brushing should be gentle and start at the extremities and move towards the heart (there are plenty of diagrams on the web)
- Exercise: Improves lymphatic flow - doesn’t have to be strenuous, just walking can help.
- Drinking lots of water: Helps to keep the bowels working properly so that toxins are removed in a timely way through regular bowel movements.
If you would like to know more, or need some assistance or
advice with supplement selection please do not hesitate to contact me.
IMPORTANT: If you are on prescription medication, pregnant or breastfeeding you should always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements. Even ‘natural’ supplements can contraindicate with prescription drugs.