The end of the year vacations are approaching, and the meals that accompany them… And hello to the excesses… As a prevention or as an emergency solution, follow the advice and suggestions of Frédérique Cervoni, a naturopath, to take care of your liver.
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Why are you pampering his liver?
It is the central organ of our organization, it has more than a hundred functions! In particular, it allows us to treat waste, handle toxins and all the “bad” products we ingest.
It is also used to get rid of hormones that we no longer use.
In short, it is in great demand, especially in our modern life: food in large quantities, but also pollution, not recommended mixtures, chemicals…
“During the vacations, our liver is overloaded, we consume too much sugar, too much fat, sometimes too much alcohol, we go to bed late, and this poor lifestyle gives it a lot of (too) work,” explains Frédérique Cervoni, a naturopath – a good reason to do a liver detox after the holidays!
Tips for caring for your liver
If you know that you will soon have a richer meal than usual (Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve), make light meals the days before. Also eliminate tobacco and alcohol, avoid fatty preparations and animal proteins. In a way, put your liver “at rest”.
During the meal
Some simple tips can help preserve your liver:
Be careful with the mixes: you tend to want to try everything, but drinking foie gras, salmon, cheese, chocolate and champagne at the same time is a lot for your body.
Make decisions, and take what you want, without exceeding the quantities. Also think about adding vegetables to the menu to avoid “liver disease”!
At the table, prefer non-carbonated water, because “carbonated water only gives the illusion of better digestion,” says the naturopath.
On the alcohol side, don’t mix, and hydrate yourself by drinking a glass of water between each glass of alcohol (you’ll thank yourself for it the next day!).
“Just before dinner, have a glass of warm water with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, if you know you’re going to exaggerate,” advises Frédérique Cervoni.
After the meal
How can you help your liver after a heavy meal? With these simple tips:
The first thing to do after a heavy meal is to take a walk in the fresh air to allow the cells to breathe and get oxygenated.
“If you feel smeared, have a glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda. It’s not very good, but it works well! If not, you can take 2 capsules of charcoal with water, 3 times a day,” explains the practitioner.
After excesses, such as during vacations, eat lightly, avoid foods with starch and animal protein, and favour vegetables that help to drain, such as leek and artichoke. Start with a vegetable broth to aid digestion.
“We don’t always think about it, but a hot water bottle in the liver really relieves it: this organ needs heat to be efficient,” adds Frédérique Cervoni.
Phytotherapy and aromatherapy to help the liver
What are the best natural remedies to help the liver function properly and detoxify the body, according to Frédérique Cervoni?
Marian thistle, which can be found in capsules, helps digestion: make a cure for 2 weeks by taking 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the afternoon with a large glass of water.
Rosemary can also give you a boost: 1 teaspoon in a cup of boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes and filter. You can drink up to 4 cups a day.
The “Gallexier” complex (from Salus), which is a mixture of bitter plants, helps to drain the liver. Make a 1 or 2 week cure.
As for aromatherapy, if you feel that you do not digest well after a meal, take a drop of essential oil of mint in a spoon of olive oil, it is effective quickly. Normally, two doses are sufficient.
To digest well, remember to take a drop of ginger essential oil in a spoonful of olive oil.
You can also massage your liver (well up to the right, under the breast) with this mixture: 1 drop of rosemary essential oil in a base of vegetable oil.
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