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How to Fast for Liver Health

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Fast for Liver Health
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According to the American Liver Society, your liver manages more than 200 functions, including the processing and removal of toxins from your body. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that your liver needs any help with this from you. Still, liver-detox fasts and liver-cleansing diets have become popular. The best way to support your liver is to avoid consuming things that make it work overtime, like fatty foods, alcohol and cigarette smoke, but an occasional liver detox fast may inspire you to rethink your bad habits.

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Step 1

Start your fast with 2 to 3 tbsp. of lemon juice in a cup of hot water. Sip it slowly. Vitamin C supports your immune system as well as liver function.

Step 2

Wash fresh fruits such as apples, kiwi, pears, oranges and grapefruits. Eat them raw, or juice them if you prefer to fast on liquids only. Organic produce is best because it should not have been treated with chemical pesticides.

Step 3

Wash and slice raw vegetables and either juice them, munch on them as snacks, or combine them with garlic, lemon juice and water to make soup. Fasting doesn’t have to mean starving -- your goal is to eat foods that support your liver while giving it a 24-hour rest from added toxins.

Step 4

Drink between 32 oz. and 64 oz. of water during your liver fast. Your liver needs water to help it flush the toxins from your body.

Step 5

Take a milk thistle supplement. According to researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a 2008 article published in the Annals of Hepatology, preliminary studies suggest that milk thistle supports liver health and can help in the treatment of cirrhosis, but many more human studies are needed to verify this.

Step 6

End your liver health fast with another cup of lemon juice and hot water. Drink this at least one hour before bedtime because lemon juice is a diuretic.

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