Do you exercise regularly, only drink alcohol on occasion, and watch what you eat, but you’re still exhausted more often than you feel you should be? Or maybe you just can’t seem to shake that little bit of belly fat that seems to keep hanging around.
You might think a detox is a fad for the extremely health conscious, but in a society where we are always striving for bigger and better, be it in our careers or relationships, we tend to become overstressed and forget about our health.
Giving your body the attention it deserves is the first step to improving all aspects of your life. A healthy body and healthy mind increases your energy levels, letting you concentrate on your goals.
Your health and well-being is inherently related to how your body removes and purges toxins, and your liver is the key to reducing toxic overload.
A liver detox can be the first step to improving your health, making you feel better and letting you be better.
- YOUR DETOXIFICATION PATHWAY – What does my liver do?
- THE SYMPTOMS – How do I know my liver needs help?
- THE REPARATION PROCESS – What is a liver detox?
- OUT WITH THE OLD – Breaking bad habits and avoiding toxins
- IN WITH THE NEW – Your diet, super supplements, and a healthy lifestyle
- YOUR PLAN
What does my liver do?
Besides your heart, your liver is the hardest working organ in your body. Performing over hundreds of functions, it serves a dual role. It is the main organ for detoxifying, as well as a digestive organ.
Your body is naturally detoxifying everyday as your liver sifts through everything that enters it, using what it can and getting rid of what it can’t. Keeping your liver healthy allows it to spend more energy storing and using essential vitamins, minerals, and iron as well as being able to sort through the harmful toxins we are inadvertently ingesting and inhaling every day.
One of the most important functions of the liver is to cleanse the blood, allowing it to return to the heart. When your liver is not in immaculate condition, toxins can be re-cycled and can re-enter your circulation, damaging your immune system and leading to many deleterious effects.
The producer of bile, a digestive juice that helps your body absorb fats into the blood stream, the liver is an integral element of your digestive system. A burdened liver can also be a hindering factor in digesting food properly and maintaining a healthy weight.
Among its many functions that are integral to your health, your liver:
- Processes nutrients you consume so they can be more efficiently absorbed into your body;
- Regulates blood composition to balance protein, fat, and sugar and removing toxins from your blood stream. This allows healthy, clean blood to be pumped throughout your body;
- Produces essential chemicals to help your blood clot properly;
- Breaks down and metabolises alcohol and medications;
- Processes essential proteins and cholesterol;
- Produces bile to help your body digest and absorb fats; and
- Stores essential vitamins and minerals.
How do I know my liver needs help?
Contrary to popular belief, alcoholism is not the only cause of liver damage.
Abundant consumption of over processed food or foods that are high in sugar, and exposure to toxic chemicals through household and beauty products, pollution, or even through drinking contaminated tap water can lead to a burdened liver.
A burdened liver does not only affect your internal body functions; it can also have a negative impact on your mental health as well as visible physical effects.
Whether it’s as simple as wanting to improve the appearance of your skin, have higher energy levels and better concentration, or you’re on a mission to reduce your chance of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes; a liver detox may help improve your general well-being and overall health.
- Abdominal bloating
- Gallstones and gallbladder disease
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Intolerance to alcohol
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Poor appetite
Abnormal Metabolism of Fats
- Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream; for example, high cholesterol
- Arteries blocked with fat, raising the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes
- Unexplained excessive weight gain
- Inability to lose weight even when exercising and dieting
- Protuberant abdomen (pot belly)
- Mood changes and mood swings, such as constantly feeling irritable, angry, or anxious
- Lacking concentration
- Overheating of the body
- Recurrent headaches and persistent migraines associated with nausea
- Sleep apnea or snoring
- Allergies such as sinusitis, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives
- Skin rashes and inflammations
- Low energy output such as constantly feeling sluggish, tired, or lethargic
- Frequently sick with colds or the flu
- Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections
- Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill
- Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe
- Bad breath and coated tongue
- Skin rashes and itchy skin
- Excessive sweating
- Offensive body odour
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Acne rosacea
- Brown spots and blemishes on the skin; commonly known as liver spots
- Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels
The presence of any of these symptoms could be a sign you may need to nurse your liver back to full health. A gentle liver detox can be one of the first steps in the reparation process.
What is a liver detox?
A liver detox can improve liver health by gently purging your liver of toxic wastes, encouraging removal of the harmful substances we all inhale, ingest, and are exposed to every day.
A valuable detox program must both remove and replace. While detoxification or cleansing can assist your body to eliminate fats, old cholesterol deposits, gallstones, poisons, drug residues, and many harmful substances; it is equally as important to replace them with whole foods, healthy fats, proteins, and water.
Along with a healthy eating plan that requires you to follow a particular diet over a certain period of time, a detox may also be just the encouragement you need to develop healthy lifestyle habits in order to cleanse both your mind and your body.
While there are many types of detoxes, including juice-only type regimes, one option can be a program that includes changing your diet and lifestyle, whilst consuming natural herbal medicines that stimulate and assist liver health.
Although you may immediately associate a detox with a weight loss program, it is also a valuable process if you want to increase your energy and concentration levels and feel and look healthier.
You can embark on your detox journey anytime you need to refresh and revitalise your body. Aim for a time when your work and social schedules are not too hectic. It is also important to avoid undertaking a detox which involves radical lifestyle changes when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, underweight, or against your healthcare practitioner’s recommendations.
In saying that, a liver detox could make your feel better in your overall health; it could also be the beginning of feeling like a better version of you.
Breaking bad habits and avoiding toxins
Cleansing your liver means purging your lifestyle of some of those bad habits you might have pick up along the way.
While some of your vices that you’ll have to give up during the detox are obvious, you’re also most likely ingesting and inhaling toxins into your body through means you’d never thought of.
When it comes to a liver detox, excessive alcohol intake is definitely a big NO. Your liver is the centre for alcohol breakdown in your body. It uses a large amount of metabolic energy trying to get rid of excessive amounts of alcohol. This can sometimes put a strain on the liver’s resources, possibly leading to weight gain, sluggishness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
Cigarette smoking not only predisposes you to higher chances of liver cancer (among many things!) but it also reduces your liver’s ability to remove harmful toxins from your body.
While coffee can aid your liver function, too much of anything in excess can be detrimental a healthy liver. Avoid drinking more than two cups of coffee a day during your detox; a large amount of caffeine consumption requires your liver to work harder to metabolise caffeine.
Some products that create a clean home can hinder your journey to a clean liver. Many household cleaning products as well as certain paints and glue contain dangerous toxins that you could be inhaling every day. Try switching out your household cleaning products for all natural, organic versions. Your body will thank you for it.
Your skin is your largest organ, so what is applied on your skin is absorbed right into your body. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t use it on your skin. With the rising popularity of natural beauty and skincare products, it’s as simple as finding an organic or natural alternative. Not only will the health of your liver improve, you’ll soon start to enjoy a glowing complexion.
Drinking water is considered integral to your everyday health, but tap water can also contain unwanted toxins (e.g. chlorine, fluoride) that your liver will need to cleanse. However, throughout Australia, tap water is generally regarded as extremely safe. In country or rural areas where the water source is more localised, make sure there are no potential sources of contamination.
Processed and Fatty Foods
Fast foods are a slow poison to your body. Avoiding consuming added sugars and salts, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, MSG, and packaged and processed foods. This includes going gluten free and dairy free, cutting down on white rice and bread, and biscuits and cakes where you can.
Pesticides residue in fruits and vegetables are also doing a disservice to your liver detox. Be sure to thoroughly wash and peel your fruits and vegetables before cooking or eating them, or better yet, try to buy organic products whenever possible.
If you’ve made a commitment to detoxing your liver, you should make every effort to avoid consuming foods and continuing bad habits that can hinder the process.
Your diet, super supplements, and a healthy lifestyle
Along with removing the toxins and bad habits, replacing them with food that is good for you, supplements to aid the process, and a healthy lifestyle is integral to restoring your liver.
Your diet is the key to a successful liver detox. It’s equally as important to ensure you know the food you should avoid as well as what you should be consuming to aid the process.
Changing your eating habits and carefully monitoring what you put on your body helps you process metabolites as you cleanse.
Eating organic produced and pasteurised animal products is a good place to begin. First, you must reduce your toxic load.
The best diet for an effective liver detox includes foods that are:
Rich in Vitamin C
Foods that are rich in vitamin C aids the body in synthesising toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. We suggest lemon, limes, and grapefruit.
The easiest way to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin C is to start your day by drinking the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water. As well as aiding digestion and booting your immune system, lemon water purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile and assists in dissolving gallstones.
Filtered room temperature water is best as you’re avoiding all the nasty toxins in tap water, and the water will be closest to your body temperature which calms the digestive system.
Rich in Potassium
In addition to cleansing your liver, foods that are rich in potassium support a healthy cardiovascular system. We recommend trying:
- Sweet potatoes;
- Spinach; and
Also high in fibre, these foods aid digestion and will banish constipation.
Gluten and Wheat Free
White breads, rice, and pasta are heavily processed and requires your liver to work harder in breaking them down. These can easily be replaced with whole grains including:
- Brown rice;
- Rye bread;
- Oats; and
- Lean Proteins
Protein is used to build and repair tissues, not only in the liver, but also in muscle and skin. A key part of detoxifying your liver is not just to purge it of toxins, but also to allow it to restore to a healthy state. Lean proteins include:
- Unprocessed meat;
- Deep water fish;
- Organic, free range eggs;
- Legumes; and
- Raw unsalted nuts and seeds.
We particularly recommend walnuts which are rich in arginine, an amino acid which aids the liver in detoxifying ammonia.
Fresh Organic Season Fruits and Vegetables
Optimising your diet with plant-based foods is a great place to start to help keep your liver clean and healthy. Thirty to forty percent of your diet during your liver detox should consist of raw fruits and vegetables.
Be sure to include as many different coloured fruits and vegetables as you can throughout the day, such as leafy greens which are packed with magnesium, chlorophyll, and vitamins A and C to help neutralise heavy metals.
Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are a particularly great choice, aiding the activation of two crucial enzymes that allows your liver to help purge your body of toxins.
Drinking a raw vegetable juice every day ensures you get four to five servings of the vegetables you need, all in one go. Along with cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, trying mixing in apples, carrots, cucumber, and beetroot. Adding a slice of ginger will make your vegetable juice ideal for a liver detox, as ginger root helps the digestive tract and has strong anti-inflammatory compounds.
Juicing vegetables has the added benefit of making the vegetables easier to digest, taking the load off your liver and making the nutrients more readily available to digestion.
The Right Fats
While consumption of trans-fat hinders your liver detox, it’s important to remember to replace them with the fats that are good for you. The best sources of fat for your detox diet are:
- Cold pressed organic oils such as olive and hemp oils; and
- Pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Replace those extra cups of coffee with green tea throughout the day. Full of plant antioxidants called catechins which are known to assist liver function, green tea is not only delicious, it is also a great way to improve your overall diet.
As well as making sure you’re consuming the right foods, there are many supplements that you can add to your diet to restore your liver and aid the detox process. It’s important to make your selection wisely and make sure you’re ingesting the right supplements that will best benefit your liver detox.
Supporting a healthy liver, turmeric root aids elimination to reduce the accumulation of metabolic waste products within the body. Turmeric contains curcumin which is considered by many people to be one of the key ingredients of this naturally occurring plant.
Milk Thistle (sometimes referred to as St Mary’s Thistle)
One of the most potent herbs for detoxifying the liver, milk thistle extract may assist the elimination of heavy metals, prescription medications, environmental pollutants, and alcohol in the liver. Not only is it considered the ‘king’ of detoxifying herbs, it also contains silymarin, an active ingredient to help strengthen the liver while supporting healthy regeneration.
The key to offering symptomatic relief of flatulence and bloating, dandelion root helps the liver produce more bile that is required to breakdown fats. As well as assisting your liver to more efficiently eliminate toxins, it also helps to strengthen the immune system. An added benefit if you are keen on improving liver health, dandelion root coffee is an excellent coffee alternative during your detox.
An effective liver detox means the nutrients and supplements you consume are accompanied by a healthy lifestyle. Not only are these lifestyle changes integral to cleansing your liver, they are also great habits to develop beyond the detox process to maintain your health.
You’ve heard it a million times before, but we must reiterate, getting eight hours of sleep each night has so many incredible benefits for your health. Letting your body rest and refresh is the key to regenerating not only your liver, but for your body as a whole. Coupled with your incredible diet and super supplements, you’ll feel well rested, full of energy, and better than ever!
Don’t forget to detoxify your mind along with your body by doing meditation and deep breathing exercises daily. As little as ten minutes of meditation each day can do wonders for your mind and body. Taking the time to clear your head will keep you stress free and increase your concentration levels.
Dry body brushing or exfoliating daily supports circulation and increase detoxification through the skin. Starting from the feet and working your way upwards before jumping in the shower, finish your shower with a one-minute burst of cold water which will bring blood circulation to the skin.
Daily gentle exercise such as stretching, yoga, and walking will increase circulation which assists with elimination and promotes wellbeing. Undertaking light exercise at least three times a week such as spinning, hot yoga, or boxing will increase lymph flow, helping to sweat out toxins. Avoid vigorous exercise during your detox as your body may not be able to cope with the increased demands.
Keep a Journal
Write down how you feel on day one, and do this at the end of each week of your detox to track your progress. Take note and be proud of how far you’ve come!
Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing. As well as allowing your stomach to metabolise the food easier, it gives you a sense of fullness without feeling the need to overeat.
Now that you know what your liver does, and you’re ready to cleanse, where do we begin? We have a step by step plan for your journey to improving your health.
Your one-month plan serves two purposes, as well as detoxing your liver, we’ve developed a step-by-step process to ease yourself into the detox and let your start developing a healthier lifestyle in the long run. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be feeling like yourself again, only much, much better!
- Congratulations, you’ve made the commitment to start being healthier and feeling great!
- Take the time to plan out your meals, go grocery shopping and discover all the delicious recipes you can try over the next month.
- Cleanse your home of toxins by replacing household chemicals and products with organic, Earth-friendly alternatives.
- Explore your options. Is there a yoga studio around the corner you’ve always wanted to try, or perhaps a spinning class at your gym that you’ve never managed to get around to attending? Now is the perfect time to start planning your exercise routine.
- Make a promise to yourself: cut down your alcohol intake and cigarettes for the next month.
- Start your day with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water, this simple first step will immediately make you feel fantastic and like you’re starting off on the right foot.
- Take some time to clear your mind and meditate for ten minutes in the morning.
- Start your detox journal. Write down how you feel. Ask yourself, ‘Why are you doing a liver detox? What do you ultimately hope to achieve?’ Keep your goals top of mind to make sure you’re on track.
- Start eliminating toxins from your diet.
- Tuck yourself into bed early, aiming to catch eight hours of sleep before you kick-start day three of your detox!
- Wake up nice and early to make yourself a raw vegetable juice in the morning.
- Spend 30 minutes to an hour doing yoga before you head to work.
- Don’t skip breakfast! Try a bowl of hot quinoa porridge in the winter, or in summer, a bowl of rolled oats and walnuts drizzled in a nut milk.
- Dry body brush before your shower. Don’t forget to start at your feet and work your way up your body, and blast yourself with cold water to increase your blood circulation.
- Replace your skincare and grooming products with organic or natural alternatives.
- Start your morning with a glass of lemon water.
- Try eating protein rich foods before you exercise, a single boiled egg will tide you over so you’re ready for your morning workout.
- Head to the gym for a 45-minute spinning class.
- By day four, you are well and truly on your way to a healthier liver. Try replacing your morning coffee with a raw vegetable juice.
- Make sure you are eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables in each meal as you can, adding salmon to your salad for your daily dose of lean proteins.
- Keep track of how you feel in your journal, ask yourself what you are finding difficult, and if there is anything you would like to change or can do better. Remember to be proud of how far you’ve come!
By week two, you will already be feeling much better with your energy and concentration levels increasing. Now that you have purged your body of unwanted toxins and you’re on the journey to replacing them with nutrients, you can begin your PPC Herbs Detox Program.
Our Herbal Detox-Pack provides you with all the essential herbal treatments that you need for your whole body detox.
PPC Herbs’ Herbal Detox Pack has three individual products included. These three herbal treatments can either be taken sequentially, one after the other, following the directions given in the pack insert, or they can all be taken simultaneously at the recommended doses (as in the procedure described below).
The choice is yours and we encourage you to follow whatever course of action you are most comfortable with.
Over the course of the second week:
- Take Herbal TriPlex 10 drops (0.5 mL), three times daily;
- Take Herbal Liver Plex 2 mL, three times daily; and
- Take Herbal Fluid Plex 2mL, three times daily.
Hopefully, your positive lifestyle changes have now become more routine, with regular exercise, increasing your fluid in-take, and meditating regularly. Continue to reap the benefits with your PPC Herbal Detox-Pack to compliment your detox by:
- Increasing TriPlex dose to 20 drops (1mL), three times daily; and
- Continuing to take the Liver Plex and Fluid Plex.
Take a look back at your journal entry on day one of your liver detox, take time to relish in how fantastic you feel.
To finish off your one-month liver detox:
Continue to take TriPlex at a maintenance dose of 30 drops (1.5mL), three times a week until the bottle is finished (for example, 30 drops on Monday, Wednesday and Friday); and
Continue to take the Liver Plex and Fluid Plex until the bottles are finished.
Always use your herbal medicines (TriPlex, Liver Plex, and Fluid Plex) ONLY AS DIRECTED ON THE LABEL and consult your Healthcare Practitioner if your symptoms persist.
The effects of your liver detox are long-lasting, and so too can be the healthy habits you’ve picked up along the way. Consider the lifestyle changes you want to keep. Perhaps you want to continue ten minutes of meditation each day, or your skin is glowing now that you are body brushing daily.
Don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally, use the 80/20 rule. Be healthy and look after yourself 80% of the time, but also leave room for balance so you can indulge.You are unique, and so too is your body. Just as different diets have different effects on people’s weight loss, a detox can also have varying effects on your body.
Your body already has such an amazing detox system in place, making a sustainable investment in your health will have positive, lasting effects on your well-being.
The key is to find the right detox plan for you and develop a sustainable regime to keep you healthy.