Liver Cleansing Diet
Behind the Hype

The Liver Cleansing Diet is based on the fact that the liver is our largest internal organ and its role is a significant one.  

Responsible for filtering the blood that comes from the digestive tract before passing it through the rest of the body, the liver means serious business. Not only is the liver responsible for processing all nutrients we receive from food but it also removes harmful toxins from the body and metabolizes any drugs and alcohol in the system.

Its role in regulating metabolism, and creating essential metabolic proteins all add up to make the liver an incredible organ and there are many great reasons why we should be kind to our livers.

The good news is we can do this while being kind to our wallets too. Contrary to popular opinion there are no pills, potions or magic diets that will make our liver work harder, faster or more efficiently.

Recently the poor liver has gained a bad reputation as being the culprit or cause behind many common ailments. The idea that toxins or impurities build up in the liver and need to be purged from the system like a blocked drain has become a popular, yet scientifically unsupported notion.

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There are a number of conditions that can affect or impair the function of the liver including; fat accumulation, alcohol misuse, viral infection, liver disease, hepatitis and cancer - and while some of these conditions may have dietary links or respond to dietary intervention, a ‘dirty’ liver is not the problem and as such this diet is not the solution.

There are however some positive notions to be gained from this diet, primarily that by eating and drinking less processed, refined, sugary and fatty foods you are being kind to your liver and effectively not making it work as hard.

Equally of benefit is adopting a balanced diet rich in nutritious wholesome food, including plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and toxin flushing water. Your body’s natural detoxifying processes are already incredibly efficient and will perform to their optimum potential when treated right.

If you want to try a natural liver cleansing diet, be sure to talk to your health care provider first and never use a detox diet for long period of time.

The official (bestselling) diet claims to improve overall health and immune function. It targets people suffering from a range of conditions from obesity, liver disease, gall bladder disease, high blood pressure, digestive problems, allergies, elevated cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches, and migraines to those who consume excessive alcohol.

It is a 3-stage 8-week detox diet that is dairy-free, mostly vegetarian, minimally processed, high in fibre and low in fat. It includes a lot of raw vegetables and whole fruits including juices, or in other words it’s a healthy diet lacking in most of the problem foods that can contribute or cause the abovementioned problems.

So do you to undergo a radical liver cleanse? Our verdict - no

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