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While you take the time and energy to treat your body to a great cleansing and rid the toxins from your system there are definite dos and don’ts you’ll want to follow to help assist in the success of your efforts and minimize the toxins that will enter your body.


  • As much organic as possible, avoid chemical sprays and drug residues

  • Water, Water, Water  purified and at least 10 glasses a day

  • Eat a diet high in fiber and low in fat

  • Healthy oils in moderation such as those found in olive oil, grape seed oil, fish higher in oils, avocados, flax seeds, and walnuts.

  • Increase daily intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (no constipation!)

  • A cup of hot water with lemon juice added before meals is a great kick start for the digestive tract, and the alkaline is good for liver support

  • Natural antioxidants, through brightly colored fruits and vegetables with lots of beta-carotene, and vitamins C & E help limit the free radical damage to the liver. An antioxidant supplement containing a blend antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, grape seed extract, plus liver-supportive nutrients such as zinc, selenium and alpha-lipoic acid is a great addition

  • Lighter meals more frequently makes it easier on the liver to process the toxins

  • Natural herbs that support the liver: dandelion, lecithin (phosphatidyl choline), milk thistle, artichoke, probiotics, and zeolites

  • Dry brushing

  • Light exercise, exfoliating dry skin cells helps to rid clogged pores

  • Stress reducers: meditation, rest, relaxation, hot bath, deep breathing, yoga

To get a great head start for a successful detox it has been recommended to do a colon cleanse first, then follow a few days later with a liver flush.  This will assist in the removal of the fat soluble toxins and any gall stones allowing the increase of efficiency and function of the liver.


  • Avoid processed foods and hands off junk foods.

  • Caffeine over stimulates the liver, green tea is okay because the high levels of antioxidants far outweigh the small amount of caffeine it contains.

  • Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and taking recreational drugs are quite a burden on the liver

  • Heavy and hard to digest foods ie.. dairy products and wheat products.  Instead utilize oats, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, and fish

  • Sugar or sugar substitutes

  • Saturated Fats (high fat snacks, peanuts, dairy)

  • Limit meat intake, it tends to contain high amounts of antibiotics and hormones, and proteins are hard for the liver to break down.

  • Fried foods are full of free radicals along with other “unfriendly” substances

It would be a great benefit to find out through a biochemical test to see how efficiently your liver is detoxifying.  It will help to see which directions are working and which aren’t so you can readjust with specific herbs and nutrients.

While doing a detox, keep in mind that there can and generally will be some side effects which are the result of all the excess toxins being released which the liver can not always handle quickly enough. These side effects may include diarrhea, headaches, skin outbreaks, and or bad breath. You can limit and subside these reactions with antioxidants and liver-supportive supplements.

It is always best to carry out a detoxification with the support of a health practitioner or advisor who can help you tailor a program to fit your individual needs. If you suffer from any serious liver condition such as hepatitis or cirrhosis, it is important you inform your physician before considering a detoxification.

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