Your liver is the largest solid organ in the body, and is arguably one of the most important, performing over 500 vital tasks. It serves as the body’s primary filtration system: responsible for cleansing your blood (removing hormones, alcohol, as well as environmental and other toxins), converting harmful toxins to waste, and metabolizing sugar, micronutrients (vitamin and minerals) and macronutrients (proteins, carbs, and fats). In short: it processes the good stuff you put into your body, and gets rid of the nasties. Talk about a super organ!
The word “detox” is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it mean?! “Detoxing” is basically just the act of removing toxins from your body - namely, your blood - so that the cells in your body can perform optimally. There are several ways to promote detoxification, such as:
Stimulating the liver to remove toxins from the body
Encouraging elimination through the intestines, kidneys, and skin
Increasing blood circulation
Eliminating toxins from your diet/lifestyle, such as alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats
Refueling the body with healthy, important nutrients
The liver is part of the immune system, so when it’s not working properly, you’re much more at risk for infection and viruses. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your liver! If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you may want to consider detoxing:
There are many popular detox programs out there, such as juice/smoothie cleanses, fasting, and Whole30. In general, here at clean.fit we like to promote #balance and overall well-being. We believe this means everything in moderation (particularly with potentially harmful substances such as alcohol, sugars, and unhealthy fats), and having a clean diet rich in whole foods such as fruits, veggies, and lean meats. Further, living a fit life with regular exercise has an added bonus: sweating is one way your body eliminates toxins!
It’s also important to flood your body with the right nutrients. There are certain vitamins and herbs that support your liver and the detoxification process, such as dandelion, Dong Quai, and licorice root. We particularly love BioTerra Herb’s Detox supplement, which contains these powerful herbs and more. You can find it in your June clean.fit box - get it here!