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Helping your liver to detoxify
Yesterday we began a series of tips to help you
cleanse your body for the new year. This is part
two on some ideas for how you can help your
hardworking liver to detoxify itself.
• GARLIC Garlic contains nutrients and Allicin, a
compound that helps to aid the process of liver detox-
ification. Garlic helps to flush heavy metals, nitrogen,
and excess hormones from the liver. So, unless you
are among the rare people who are allergic to garlic,
cooking it in your foods (or consuming garlic capsules)
helps cleanse the liver.
However, you might want to double check with
your doctor if you are taking certain medications es-
pecially for tuberculosis (TB) or HIV/AIDS, as garlic
can interfere with the absorption of certain kinds of
medications specifically for these illnesses. Also for
women taking birth control pills, garlic may actually
decrease the effectiveness of the pill.
• TURMERIC Turmeric is a popular spice that gives
curried dishes their striking yellow colour. Turmeric is
also commonly used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medi-
cine to treat a wide range of health conditions including
coughs, colds, viruses, infections, Crohn's disease, high
cholesterol levels, and various skin complaints.
Turmeric contains powerful anti-inflammatory
and anti-spasmodic properties, as well as several
health-enhancing nutrients including iron, copper,
potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and fibre.
These powerful properties combine to improve liver
function, protect and regenerate liver tissue, aid diges-
tion, reduce digestive gas, reduce cholesterol, boost
the immune system, improve circulation, and purify
The University of Maryland Medical Center states
that curcumin in turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to
produce bile, which helps to eliminate liver toxins and
repair damaged liver cells. Liver detox is made more
effective when turmeric is combined with ginger, which
helps to boost circulation and reduce congestion. Tur-
meric is available as a supplement, extract, or tea.
• GREEN TEA Lauded as one of the world's health-
iest beverages by both nutritionists and research sci-
entists, green tea is also helpful for detoxing the liver.
Green tea originated in China and has long been known
in Asia for its many health benefits.
Green tea comes from the leaves of the plant called
Camellia sinensis. The leaves of the plant are not fer-
mented when being made into green tea which leaves
the antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols com-
pletely intact. Because green tea is one of the least
processed beverages, all of its amazing antioxidants
called catechins are nearly poured right into your cup.
These catechins which are crucial components when
it comes to protecting cells from damage, are also help-
ful in assisting the liver with the detoxification process.
When you use green tea to detoxify your liver, it is
recommended that you drink four to five cups a day.
Some people don't like the taste of green tea and if you
still want to experience the powerful detoxification
effects of the beverage, you can opt for capsules or
Something to keep in mind regarding green tea is that
it does contain caffeine. If you are trying to detox your
body from caffeine, you can try drinking decaffeinated
green tea. Also, if you take the capsules or supplements,
they contain caffeine.
It is always best to get the capsules or supplements
from a reputable source and you might want to check
with your health care provider to ensure they are safe
for you to take.
Part 3 continues tomorrow.
To make turmeric tea, you need:
2 tsp. fresh turmeric, peeled and
1 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and finely
? to ? tsp. powdered cinnamon
1 pinch powdered black pepper
? tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. pure raw honey or preferred
? cup coconut milk or preferred milk
Boil some water and use it to fill a
mug halfway. Add the turmeric and
ginger and allow it to steep for 10
to 15 minutes. Then, add the cinna-
mon, black pepper, vanilla extract,
and honey and stir. Fill up the rest
of the mug with coconut milk and
stir. Now you have a tasty turmeric
tea to cleanse your liver!
What makes this tea great is that
many of ingredients aid in liver
detoxification. Black pepper and
coconut milk allow the body to
better absorb the turmeric.
Cinnamon is a known anti-inflam-
matory. And lastly, raw honey is
rich in antioxidants that promote
Turmeric tea, anyone? Turmeric has powerful anti-
inflammatory properties and health-enhancing nutrients.
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