How to Cleanse Your Liver | Dr. Josh Axe
Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of FunctionalMedicine and founder of DrAxe. com. Today Iwanted to talk about how to cleanse your liverand the top ways to detox your liver. Yourliver is your second largest organ, and itis so important for detoxification, for cleansing,for your overall health. So I’m going to goover my five top ways that you can detox yourliver on a regular basis. And number one is start by removing all thetoxic stuff in your diet. Listen, you cantake all the pills, all the supplements, allthe potions. And you know what? They willnot do any good until you start getting thejunk out of your diet. So step number onein doing a liver cleanse is to remove theprocessed grains and sugars and fast foodsand packaged foods. Get rid of it all andjust eat real food. Fruit it in its wholeform, vegetables in its whole form, organicgrass-fed meats, sprouted whole ancient grains,stick with those types of foods if you wantto naturally cleanse your liver, and stayaway from packaged, processed foods, especiallyconventional meat and dairy. Conventional meat and dairy are loaded withpesticides, herbicides, GMO residue, antibioticdrugs, steroids, hormones, other medicationresidue. Those are all stuck in those meatproducts that you consume. So again, stopconsuming conventional meat and dairy is thenumber one step to detox your liver for good. Step number two is start consuming liver-detoxifyingherbs. There’s three specifically — milkthistle, turmeric, and dandelion. Now, milkthistle is known as the king of detoxifyingherbs, and it’s been shown to specificallyboost an antioxidant in your body called glutathione,which helps detox your liver and your cells. So milk thistle, again, the number one herb,typically 150 milligrams twice daily of milkthistle will play a huge role in supportingliver detoxification. The second herb is turmeric. Turmeric hasbeen shown to be very high in antioxidantsthat helps both the liver and the gallbladder. So turmeric, you typically want to do abouta tablespoon daily in your food or supplementingwith two capsules daily of about 1000 milligrams. That’s also going to help. The other greatthing about turmeric is it reduces liver inflammation. So it reduces inflammation of your GI tract,so your colon as well as of your liver. Soagain, 1000 milligrams of turmeric daily,great for reducing liver inflammation andcleansing the liver. The third herb is dandelion. Dandelion ispacked with potassium and other herbal compoundsthat have been shown to act as a diureticand causing your liver to release toxins andalso support the gallbladder in releasingbile. That’s really what’s going to causethat liver to dump the toxins. So there’s a great benefit of taking milkthistle, turmeric, and dandelion in a combinationin a cell detox or a liver detox supplement. But again, those three herbal extracts arethe most effective herbs at naturally detoxifyingthe liver. Not to say there’s not others,like bupleurum and a few others that are greatfor the liver. But those are some of my favorites. The third thing you need to do to detox yourliver is to work on your body emotionallyand detox your emotions. According to ancientChinese medicine, the emotions you experiencedirectly affect certain organs. When it comesto your liver and cleansing your liver, thereare specific emotions of number one wouldbe frustration. The other one is resentment,unforgiveness, and anger. Those are the fouremotions that directly affect your liver. So if you know you struggle with frustration,if you tend to get frustrated easily, if youhave anyone in your life, including your spouseor coworkers that you tend to have resentmenttowards them, know that you’re not hurtingthem, you’re hurting yourself. You’re hurtingyour liver. Those toxic emotions are literallyshutting down your liver and your body, creatingdisease in your system. And what I’d recommend you to do is get outa sheet of paper, write down all the peopleyou haven’t forgiven, all the people you feelany ounce of resentment towards, your parents,spouses, coworkers, and really work to absolutelyforgive and forget. I also just recommendas you do that, you may want to work witha counselor on this. You may want to workwith a dear friend that’s close to you. But listen, those toxic emotions aren’t hurtingthem, they are hurting you. So you reallywant to make sure that you work on healingand detoxing those emotions. Another greatway to do that is practice gratitude. Oneof the things I do every morning is I getup and say what I’m grateful for. But practicinggratitude, forgiveness, building joy intoyour life, reading personal growth books,reading your Bible and reading scripture andmemorizing verses, those types of things reallywill help you become free. But listen, don’t keep it inside. You reallyhave to talk and work with somebody on thisas well. So again, a best friend, a counselor,a church, those things can all help. But again,if you truly want to detox your entire systemand liver, you’ve got to work on that emotionalaspect as well. Step number four, eat real liver. That’s right. I’m telling you to eat liver, like chickenliver or beef liver. In fact, ancient practitionersor practitioners from the past 100 years reallyused liver supplementation to help overcomeliver toxicity and other diseases. If youlook at men like Weston A. Price, the famousdentist who traveled the world and found whatreally caused disease, gum disease and liverdisease and disease in the body. He recommendedliver supplementation. Dr. Royal Lee, whostarted the company Standard Process, recommendedraw liver supplementation and liver capsulesand had great results with patients. Dr. Gerson,who started Gerson therapy, recommended beefliver in overcoming cancer. So you can seehere real liver is great. So what I do is I do a chicken liver. Youcan make a chicken liver p�t�. I’ll doa chicken liver Crock-Pot, where I’ll do two-thirdschicken, two pounds of chicken and maybe onepound of chicken liver I pick up at my farmer’smarket or health food store. Do that withcelery and onions and carrots and make itinto a big Crock-Pot. That’s another way todo it. Or hey, if you just can’t eat liver,you can buy desiccated liver tablets online. Another easy way to do it is getting liverin your diet. And then step number five for a natural livercleanse is consume foods that cleanse theliver and specifically think spring. Thinksprouts, salads, sour foods. In fact, sourfoods, according to ancient Chinese medicine,are the foods that are most nourishing tothe liver. So think about this, again, a bigspinach salad with sprouts, maybe some tomatoes,some cucumber and then sprinkle a little bitof olive oil. Then along with that, some apple cider vinegar. Again, you’ve got the sourness, you’ve gotthe fresh sprouts. But again, apple cidervinegar, sprouts, vegetables, vegetable juices,all of those foods are very cleansing to theliver along with sour foods, including mostprobiotic-rich foods, things like kefir. Also,sauerkraut, kimchi, beets, artichokes, dandeliongreens, all of those are fantastic for naturallycleansing the liver. So guys, I hope you’ve learned a lot. Thishas been my five tips for naturally cleansingand detoxifying the liver. Hey, if you’veliked what you’ve learned, make sure to subscribehere to the YouTube channel. I’ve got a lotmore great information coming out on how tocleanse other organs in your body. Also I recently wrote an article on my six-stepliver cleanse. If you want to learn what thesixth one is, you can go online, search “DrAxe. com”and find out what my number six tip is tocleanse the liver. Hey, guys, hope you’ve enjoyed this videoon natural ways to detox the liver.