Navigating liver health can be challenging. Countless products tell you they can help “cleanse” your liver to keep it healthy, particularly following a period of overindulgence.
Hey, it’s nice to have a backup plan if you’re planning on drinking too many beverages or taking back a tub of ice cream, right?
But let’s get real here: if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. If you’re eating or drinking to the point where the potential effects on your liver are on your mind, it could be a sign to slow down!
Of course, the occasional overindulgence is unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your liver. It’ll likely just boost its workload for a day or two.
Your liver is a vital organ. It’s your body’s primary filtration system, charged with the dirty job of processing and converting toxins into waste products. It keeps your blood clean and is central to metabolizing nutrients and medications.
It is impossible to separate liver health from overall health. But do you need liver cleanses that promise weight loss and detoxes? Are you predestined for liver disease?
Let’s take a closer look at these myths.
Liver cleanses and “detox” products are not necessary for a healthy and functional liver. In fact, they are not well-studied or even regulated. Many of these products that recommend drinking nothing but juice for a week are likely more harmful than healthy.
Some ingredients may contribute to liver health and have shown benefits in small animal settings. The best approach, however, is to take care of your liver. Watch your alcohol intake, limit processed food and sugar intake, and eat a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
You do have the power to protect yourself from liver disease by making the right lifestyle choices. Avoid regular consumption or overindulgence in alcohol and processed foods, and you’ll substantially lower your risk for liver disease.
Boosting activity can also help.
Liver detox plans sound great but aren’t worth the money. It’s a resilient organ, but it needs your help. If you want to promote long-term liver health, make the long-term lifestyle decisions needed.