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14 Signs You Need A Post-Holiday Liver Cleanse (Hint: You Probably Do)

Here are telltale signs that your liver could use some TLC (plus, how to support its overall health and function).

14 signs your liver needs a detox:

Craving sugar moreDigestive distressAn influx of sinus infectionsNot feeling healthy, even when you eat healthy foodsSkin breakoutsConstant fatigueBrain fogSore, stiff, and achy jointsChronic stressHormonal imbalanceExcessive body odor and/or bad breathIrregular and disruptive sleep patternsFeeling depressed and anxiousPainful cold sores

If you’re experiencing more than one of these symptoms, your liver could likely use a reset.

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5 ways to cleanse your liver naturally.

Call it a cleanse or a detox, but these practices aren’t about cleansing the liver itself (scientifically speaking, that’s not really a thing). Rather, they support liver health so that the vital organ can do what it does–filtering out toxins and turning them into waste–more efficiently. By helping protect the liver from modern environmental stressors, we can help it function optimally.

Here are our top five tips for cleansing the liver in a healthy, holistic way:

Adopt a liver- and gut-friendly diet. Eat a balanced, plant-dense diet that contains diverse nutrients and phytonutrients that support liver and gut health; drink more water; and ditch processed foods.Try a form of intermittent fasting. Once you’ve mastered a nutrient-rich diet, you can introduce intermittent fasting for further liver support–evidence suggests periods without food can help improve sugar metabolism, reduce levels of liver fat, and also give the liver a chance to repair and clean itself out.Use liver-supporting supplements strategically. The right supplementation regimen can be extremely helpful in promoting optimal liver function. Certain nutrient and plant bioactives (such as milk thistle, glutathione, and other ingredients found in mindbodygreen’s favorite liver supplements) have scientific backing for their ability to support liver health by assisting in the filtering and removal of unwanted toxins, stimulating bile production, protecting liver cells, and more.Schedule a daily sweat session. Detoxification is dependent on avoiding additional exposure to toxins and removing toxins that are already present in the body. Sweating during physical activity, hot baths, and sauna sessions can help take some of the detoxification burden off of your liver.Practice self-care on the regular. If you’re still recovering from chronic holiday stress, this tip is for you! Too much stress in your life can negatively affect all facets of your well-being (including your liver) and contribute to internal oxidative stress1. Address unchecked stress by introducing more self-care activities–like meditation, long soaks, home spa nights, or simply prioritizing deep and restful sleep. Your liver deserves the chance to rest (and so do you!).
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The takeaway.

There’s no shame in enjoying cocktails and holiday cookies through end-of-year celebrations! That said, your liver may need some extra love and care heading into 2023. Try implementing these simple tips to promote optimal liver health and function throughout the new year.

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