Posted on September 13, 2017 in Recovery

How Heavy Drinkers Can Detox Without Causing More Damage

How can a heavy drinker do a liver detox? The best way is to stop drinking altogether. The liver’s primary role is to rid the body of toxins. If left to do its job, the liver can detox itself just fine. However, bombarding it with alcohol over and over again can cause irreversible scar tissue to build up fast.

There are a few foods that may provide extra support to the liver to help it do its clean-up job with greater efficiency. Before heavy drinkers do a liver detox or even try to quit alcohol cold-turkey, it’s wise to consult your doctor for any contraindications and possible complications.

Incorporating these fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and spices into your diet may help promote liver function:

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Tea
  • Leafy Greens of any kind: spinach, kale, mustard greens, collard, arugula, etc.
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Turmeric
  • Walnuts

In short, eat your veggies if you wish to have a happy, healthy liver. As a bonus, a healthy diet will help you stay at a healthy weight, which can ward off fatty liver disease. Be careful about taking medicines that might harm your liver as well; ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Also be cautious with herbs. Not all herbal supplements are good news for the liver.

And while it may be wise to reduce your alcohol consumption gradually to avoid shocking your system, plan to quit alcohol altogether. Continuing to drink alcohol will only lead to additional liver damage. As one of the largest organs in the body, capable of over 500 daily functions, you can’t afford to lose your liver.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/features/healthy-liver#2

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/13/foods-for-liver_n_1880715.html

 

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