Protecting your liver is essential when thinking about your long-term health. Therefore, if you’re 20 years old and you’re going through a series of alcoholic evenings (I’m not judging you, we all go through them), you must also know that it’s essential for you to find ways to limit the damage right away. Here are 8 tips to protect your liver and help natural liver cleanse.
Please note that in the long run, you will absolutely calm your consumption of alcohol if you want to preserve your liver.
Avoid Paracetamol as much as you can
Paracetamol is a real poison for your liver and you should in any case limit your intake if you can.
Many young people use it as a “remedy” for hangover, which is terrible. There is nothing worse than taking paracetamol while you still have alcohol in your blood.
Indeed, alcohol and paracetamol are assimilated and metabolized by the same channel in the liver. When the two coexist, your liver struggles to perform its metabolic functions because you demand too much activity from it.
Reserve the intake of paracetamol for occasions when you really need it, in other words when you are really ill, and not to avoid hangover headaches.
Drink 2L of water each day
Try to drink pure water, without additional ingredients (tea or coffee are not neutral). Your body needs to be sufficiently hydrated, without having to work to metabolize additional ingredients contained in tea, herbal teas, or coffee.
This advice follows on very well from the previous one: after a hangover, get rid of paracetamol, but rehydrate your body. However, in these moments, the body is so dehydrated that you DO feel very thirsty, and it becomes easy to reach 2.5L.
How about the other days ? Well, you should never wait until you feel thirsty to drink.
Drinking water is the easiest advice to follow, as it is not restrictive.
Make sure you always have a small bottle of water next to you. Small bottles are 50cl. You drink it and refill it once in the morning, once during lunch, once in the afternoon.
At dinner time, you will drink two large glasses of water, one at the beginning of the meal, one at the end of the meal. There you go, you’ve drunk 2L of water: easy, isn’t it?
Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that help detoxify the liver. It is best to drink one cup on an empty stomach in the morning.
It is always better to drink hot drinks in the morning, rather than in the evening, as your body temperature is supposed to drop in the evening to help you sleep better. It’s true that this is not necessarily natural for us, because our culture strongly encourages the taking of herbal teas before bedtime, for example.
But don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with taking hot drinks in the evening.
For example, when you come home from an evening out, since you won’t be taking paracetamol anymore, make yourself a little green tea to help your body drain all that alcohol.
Eat Black Radish
Black radish stimulates the production of bile and helps evacuate the waste products stored in your liver. It therefore not only helps your liver to function properly but also to cleanse it.
If, like me, you can’t stand its infamous taste, there are very good food supplements in capsule form.
Drink Lemon Juice
Lemon also helps in the production of bile. This is one of its many virtues, to which I will dedicate a special article later.
Know that it helps you to detoxify your body, so do not hesitate to consume it in the morning on an empty stomach, when you want to change green tea, or in the evening before dinner.
NB: Some people add the zest in order to benefit from its properties as well. Personally, I do not advise it, given the risk associated with the ingestion of pesticides (including for organic lemons, unfortunately).
The artichoke, in addition to being delicious, also promotes biliary secretion.
If you don’t like artichoke, you can also find good food supplements.
Turmeric is a queen spice. Here again, I will devote an article to the subject, which deserves to be looked at very closely. For now, remember one thing: turmeric helps to purify the liver and drain the lymph deep down.
It is a spice that is easy to use because it is delicious, mainly with poultry dishes, or with green vegetables if you are a vegetarian.
Stretch your Psoas
The psoas is, like your liver, very sensitive to what your body ingests. It stimulates your liver and kidneys to help eliminate their waste products.
It is essential to stretch your psoas regularly to help your liver do its job.
Every Sunday, take your best yoga mat and stretch like this:
A stretch must last at least 45 seconds to be effective. Don’t forget to breathe well during the stretch and then change legs.