Thanks to Christmas and New Year’s, some of us might be feeling the impact of back-to-back celebrations with our livers likely taking the brunt of it. Naturopath and author Jeff Butterworth explains how to get it back to feeling its best.
We all know the feeling; that heavy, sluggish, feeling you get when you know you’ve overdone it over the holidays. All that drinking and eating can really take its toll on our mood and energy levels, which is why a post-festive season diet reset might be just what you’re looking for.
“It’s all too easy to overindulge during the holiday period and after one too many toasts and another plate of leftovers, our bodies start to wear the consequences,” says Jeff Butterworth, author and naturopathic physician and co-founder of Happy Healthy You.
“Once toxins enter our systems, they need to be broken down and safely excreted otherwise they can have negative impacts on our health.”
He recommends taking the following steps to get your liver bouncing back.
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If you are concerned you may have been exposed to some dangerous toxins, it’s important to undertake tests. A functional liver test will determine your liver’s ability to metabolise toxins.
Going cold turkey can shock your system. Start by reducing any current additives in your diet followed by heavy proteins and fatty foods, and supplement with plant-based foods. This will help build your antioxidant reserves and enzyme levels.
You should be achieving ideally at least two bowel movements every day. If not, try stimulating your liver and kidneys with herbal teas or dandelion leaves prior to starting the detox.
Incorporate alkaline and antioxidants
Up your intake of these minerals as they’re critical to your body’s decision to release toxins. Alkaline also minimises any detox reactions. Try green leafy vegetables, turmeric, cauliflower, broccoli, citrus fruits and root vegetables.
Reduce processed foods and animal products
These food groups are harder for you to digest so relieving this additional strain on your digestive tract will signal for your body to start cleansing.
Introduce vegetable and fruit juice
Drink between a 500ml to a litre blend of fruit, greens and root vegetables. The live enzymes from fruits and vegetables will flood your system and start to release toxins into your blood supply.
“It’s important to know that as toxins begin to come out of your system you may experience slight nausea, headaches, low energy levels and a range of emotions, however following through with a safe cleansing program twice a year can be extremely beneficial,” he says.
“Consult your naturopath or GP before commencing.”
Jeff Butterworth a naturopath, author and co-founder alongside Olympian Lisa Curry of Happy Healthy You, an Australian-based health and lifestyle company.
This is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please see your health practitioner with any questions you may have.