One of the hardest working organs in your body is your liver. It plays a huge role in elimination from cleansing the blood to flushing out waste. The liver’s function is to purify the body. It is important to take care of your liver because without a liver we could not live. There are several important herbs that help keep you in tip-top shape. Among them are dandelion, yellow dock, burdock, red clover and milk thistle.
Dandelion is commonly considered a weed, but this weed is loaded with health benefits. It is high in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium and grows just about anywhere. It is a natural diuretic which is helpful to your kidneys and your whole digestive system. Dandelion helps your liver to eliminate toxins by purifying the blood. Dandelion is available as a tea in both loose and teabag forms. It is also available as a delicious dandelion coffee.
Yellow dock has been historically used as a blood purifier; which helps to clear skin conditions and to assist elimination. This herb also has diuretic properties and stimulates bile production This helps both the liver and the gall bladder. Yellow dock aids in digestion and works as a mild laxative.
Burdock root has been used since ancient times as a blood purifier. It strengthens a weak liver. Burdock is also a diaphoretic. That means it promotes sweating. This helps remove toxins through the skin.
Perhaps the most well-known herb for the liver is milk thistle. It contains silymarin which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This helps the liver function better. Some studies show that milk thistle may be helpful for cirrhosis. Milk thistle is available in capsules or as a tea.
Red clover helps the liver to process fats by causing it to produce bile. Red clover is also anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce inflammation in the liver. Red clover works to cleanse the liver. It is available in capsules and as a tea.
Remember before starting any herbal regimen to talk it over with your health care provider. Some herbs and medications do not mix well and can cause unwanted side effects.
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