Our winter diets tend to increase the workload of our livers. For example, according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, our cholesterol levels are highest during the winter months.
As exercise is directly linked to lower cholesterol levels, researchers believe that this is in part due to a decrease in physical activity during winter months.
Throughout the year, the liver works continuously to detoxify our bodies and filter or breakdown substances such as alcohol, caffeine, medications, sugar, and trans fats. In addition to cholesterol levels, it regulates blood sugar, and supports our hormone balance and metabolism.
In combination with what we eat and drink, and the medications we take, our liver is constantly exposed to toxins from cleaning and additives in cigarettes, aerosol products, heavy metals, insecticides, and other chemicals that surround us in our day-to-day lives.
Consider also the effect that stress has on our liver.
A study published in Clinical Endocrinology, demonstrates a link between the stress hormone cortisol and fatty liver disease, while a study conducted by the University of Edenborough also suggests that stress has a damaging effect on the liver.
So what can you do to summer cleanse your liver, overall body and mind? To increase your energy levels and clarity of mind and to avoid illness?
Start by planning your summer cleanse. It is important that you have time to rest and adjust to the detoxification and it is helpful to have stocked up on the healthy foods it requires.
As your body needs time to adjust to your new habits, implement these changes for a minimum of 10 days. You can repeat the cleans several times each year or whenever you feel bloated or sluggish.
Depending on your body type, environment, food intolerances, and health issues, you may require a specific detox program. Consider consulting a naturopath or other expert and taking a food intolerance test. Detox regimens are intended for short-term use. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet or health program, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition.
Refresh your body with a summer cleanse now!
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