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Statistics show that alcohol consumption in Britain increases by 40 per cent in December, meaning our livers have to work extra hard throughout the holiday period. Of course the best way to good liver health is to manage your alcohol intake but with so many temptations it is easy to get carried away! If it gets to January and you realise you’ve overindulged, finding a way to detox your liver in the months after can be vital to ensuring you stay in good health.
Simon Bandy, general manager from Veganicity which supplies nutritional supplements suitable for vegans, vegetarians, diabetics, coeliacs and everyone else, offers his top five tips to detoxing your liver post-Christmas:
Kick the booze
The liver’s job is to detoxify alcohol and eliminate harmful waste products. The more alcohol that is in your system, the harder it has to work to keep you healthy. Excessive drinking can cause a build-up of triglycerides which can lead to fatty liver disease. If you give your body a break from the booze, the liver will repair itself, providing there is no permanent damage.
Veganicity has combined artichoke – which is packed full of antioxidants and diuretic properties – with vitamins, minerals and key amino acids in its Liver Kind supplement (£10.95/30 capsules), to help cleanse the liver.
Keep hydrated with water
As it is the liver’s job to cleanse the body, an obvious but important tip is to drink water on a regular basis to help flush away waste and toxins. Adding a slice of lemon further helps enhance the liver detoxification process.
Eat good fats
Caring for your liver doesn’t have to mean counting calories but it is wise to cut down on rich, fatty foods and replace them with healthy fats such as almonds, olives and avocado. By including Veganicity SuperGreens Powder (£23.95/250g) in a healthy daily smoothie you will be increasing your daily nutrients intake to help boost energy levels and detox the digestive system.
De-stress your life
Stressful situations release hormones into the bloodstream that then deposit toxins into the liver and slow it down. Therefore, eliminating any sources of stress or taking up anti-stress activities such as yoga or country rambles can aid the liver in the cleansing process, along with bringing other health benefits.
Products mentioned are available from www.veganicity.com, www.amazon.co.uk and all good independent health shops nationwide.