How to Detox a Liver

Overview

The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body. The primary functions of your liver include breaking down fats from the foods you eat and filtering out disease-causing toxins from your bloodstream. Your body is constantly exposed to harmful toxins on a daily basis that stem from environmental pollutants, artificial ingredients in foods and medications. When these toxins stay in your system for a long time, liver damage can occur. Fortunately, there are ways you can easily detoxify your liver and make it more efficient in eliminating harmful pollutants.

Step 1

Take vitamin C supplements daily to help detoxify your liver. Vitamin C aids your liver in making an antioxidant called glutathione, which helps your liver remove toxins. The recommended dosage for vitamin C is one 500 mg tablet a day. Additionally, consume two to three servings of foods high in vitamin C daily, along with your supplements. Dietary sources of vitamin C include all citrus fruits, berries, peppers, tomatoes and broccoli.

Step 2

Consume two to three servings of fiber-rich foods every day. Your liver transports the toxins that enter your body to your digestive system. When your digestive system has enough fiber, the toxins bind to the fiber with food and are eliminated with your next bowel movement. When your digestive system lacks fiber, the toxins recirculate back into your bloodstream causing your liver to become overworked since it has to process them all over again.

Step 3

Drink eight to 13 glasses of water daily. Consuming enough water daily helps your liver flush out toxins. Drink filtered or bottled water to avoid bad elements in tap water or public drinking fountains.

Step 4

Exercise for 30 minutes to one hour daily. This will help improve your blood circulation while stimulating your liver to remove toxins. Exercises such as aerobics, strength training and running will help with the detoxification process. Consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

About this Author

Frank Dioso is a trained clinical laboratory professional, working for prominent diagnostic laboratories and research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs, and is currently contributing his medical knowledge to various online publications.