Are You a Clean Liver? The Importance of Liver Detoxification

Dr. Habib Sadeghi
May 28 · 5 min read

No matter what your health challenge may be or the healing protocol you’re currently using, you’ll never experience vibrant health if your liver is congested.

A toxic body can’t possibly be healthy, and since the liver is the body’s largest detoxification organ, radiant health requires that it be in prime condition.

Otherwise, toxins accumulate in the body, and health begins to break down. This can and does happen without a patient experiencing any specific problems with the liver. Most don’t realize that by cleansing the liver, they can significantly improve, or even completely eradicate, physical problems that are related to toxic accumulation that they would never have associated with a sluggish liver.

Function & Failure

The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in the body. It’s tirelessly working to detoxify the blood, produce bile that helps digest fats, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins and minerals like iron and vitamin A.

Other essential functions include:

  • Processing nutrients absorbed by the intestines
  • Regulating blood composition to balance protein, fat, and sugar
  • Destroying old red blood cells
  • Producing chemicals to help blood clot properly
  • Breaking down and metabolizing medications and alcohol
  • Producing essential proteins and cholesterol
  • Removing toxins like bilirubin, ammonia, and others from the bloodstream

These processes are so crucial to the body that the liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself if damaged.

That’s a very convincing reason to keep the liver in tip-top shape. A typical sign of a sluggish liver is digestion problems, particularly difficulty digesting fats.

Cirrhosis is a serious condition and occurs when liver tissue becomes scarred and can no longer function.

Contrary to popular belief, alcoholism isn’t the only way liver damage can occur. Eating uncooked shellfish, long-term use of some medications like acetaminophen, chronic malnutrition, and exposure to chemicals can all contribute to liver damage.

When enough of the liver tissue becomes scarred and non-functional, it can no longer regenerate itself, leading to liver failure and death.

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles expose us to many environmental toxins that negatively impact liver function.

Some of the risk factors connected to impaired liver function include low potassium levels, heavy alcohol use, IV drug use, exposure to industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants, obesity with a diet high in commercial oils and processed foods, high blood triglycerides, viral infections, and autoimmune diseases.

Signs of impaired liver function include:

  • Digestion problems: bloating, gas, constipation, acid reflux or heartburn
  • Jaundice: yellowish tint to the skin or whites of the eyes
  • Inability to lose weight no matter how well you eat or exercise
  • High blood pressure
  • Moodiness or depression
  • Dark urine
  • Excessive sweating
  • Chronic fatigue

Consistent Cleansing

To help cleanse your liver on a daily basis and support it in detoxifying your body more efficiently, these tips are essential.

  1. Remove toxic foods from your diet: Eliminate all processed, “fast,” and convenience foods. This includes deli meats that contain nitrates and nitrites — chemicals that lengthen shelf life, inhibit bacteria growth, and preserve color. Get rid of hydrogenated oils, trans fats and inflammatory vegetable oils in favor of fats like olive oil and coconut oil. Some saturated fat with red meat or dark meat chicken is fine.
  2. Drink raw vegetable juice: Sulfur-containing vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are ideal for liver cleansing. You can add some carrots, cucumber, beets, parsley or other greens to make it appealing to you.
  3. Eat potassium-rich foods: Most people don’t get anywhere near the recommended 4,700mg of potassium per day. Consider these foods to cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and support cardiovascular health: sweet potatoes, tomato sauces, green beans, spinach, blackstrap molasses, and bananas.
  4. Coffee enemas: Monthly enemas stimulate bile flow and help jump-start both the gallbladder and liver. Bring 2 tablespoons of organic coffee grounds to boil in 3 cups of filtered or distilled water. Simmer for 15 minutes and let cool. Strain through cheesecloth and administer via an enema kit available from any drugstore. Try to retain the mixture for 10–15 minutes.
  5. Supplement: Milk thistle is the king of detoxifying herbs and ideal for a liver cleanse; it eliminates buildup from heavy metals and medications in the liver. Turmeric supports liver metabolism, reduces joint pain, and helps balance blood sugar. Dandelion root strengthens the immune system and is a natural diuretic, which allows the liver to release toxins more quickly.
  6. Eat liver or take liver tablets: Grass-fed beef liver or free-range chicken livers are very rich in vitamins A and B, folic acid, choline, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, and CoQ10. Desiccated beef liver tablets are also available. Be sure they’re from organic beef.

Deeper Detox

Several times per year, preferably with the change of seasons, consider doing a 24-hour liver cleanse to boost your body’s detoxifying power. In the seven days leading up to the cleanse, eat a vegetarian diet with a strong emphasis on kale, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, asparagus, beets, and celery. Avoid all processed foods, meat, refined carbs like pasta and bread, high levels of fat, and all gluten. Be sure to drink 72 ounces of water per day. Take no alcohol, caffeine, or non-necessary medications. On the day of the cleanse, do not eat.

To detox the liver:

  1. Dilute 100% unsweetened cranberry juice with a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part juice, totaling 72 ounces of liquid in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add one teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Reduce to simmer for 15–20 minutes. Then allow to cool.
  3. Once cool, squeeze 2–3 oranges and 2–3 lemons. Add the juice to the cranberry mixture. If too tart, add a little stevia to sweeten it up.
  4. While fasting, drink the full 72oz of cranberry mixture in 8 ounces servings throughout the day along with an additional 72 ounces of water.

A proper liver cleanse, along with daily maintenance from eating the right foods, is your best defense against accumulating toxins from pesticides, medications, heavy metals, the remnants of cancer therapy, air pollution, household cleaners, body care and beauty products, and more.

For an extremely deep cleanse, consider The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz, but be sure to consult with your doctor first.

For more health and inspirational insights from Dr. Sadeghi, please visit Behiveofhealing.com to sign up for the monthly newsletter, check out his annual health and well-being journal, MegaZEN, or for messages of encouragement and humor, follow him on Instagramand Twitter @beingclaritynow.

Dr. Habib Sadeghi

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Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles, and author of The Clarity Cleanse.

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