How to Cleanse Your Liver | Dr. Josh Axe
Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and founder of DrAxe.com. Today I
wanted to talk about how to cleanse your liver
and the top ways to detox your liver. Your
liver is your second largest organ, and it
is so important for detoxification, for cleansing,
for your overall health. So I’m going to go
over my five top ways that you can detox your
liver on a regular basis.
And number one is start by removing all the
toxic stuff in your diet. Listen, you can
take all the pills, all the supplements, all
the potions. And you know what? They will
not do any good until you start getting the
junk out of your diet. So step number one
in doing a liver cleanse is to remove the
processed grains and sugars and fast foods
and packaged foods. Get rid of it all and
just eat real food. Fruit it in its whole
form, vegetables in its whole form, organic
grass-fed meats, sprouted whole ancient grains,
stick with those types of foods if you want
to naturally cleanse your liver, and stay
away from packaged, processed foods, especially
conventional meat and dairy.
Conventional meat and dairy are loaded with
pesticides, herbicides, GMO residue, antibiotic
drugs, steroids, hormones, other medication
residue. Those are all stuck in those meat
products that you consume. So again, stop
consuming conventional meat and dairy is the
number one step to detox your liver for good.
Step number two is start consuming liver-detoxifying
herbs. There’s three specifically — milk
thistle, turmeric, and dandelion. Now, milk
thistle is known as the king of detoxifying
herbs, and it’s been shown to specifically
boost an antioxidant in your body called glutathione,
which helps detox your liver and your cells.
So milk thistle, again, the number one herb,
typically 150 milligrams twice daily of milk
thistle will play a huge role in supporting
The second herb is turmeric. Turmeric has
been shown to be very high in antioxidants
that helps both the liver and the gallbladder.
So turmeric, you typically want to do about
a tablespoon daily in your food or supplementing
with two capsules daily of about 1000 milligrams.
That’s also going to help. The other great
thing about turmeric is it reduces liver inflammation.
So it reduces inflammation of your GI tract,
so your colon as well as of your liver. So
again, 1000 milligrams of turmeric daily,
great for reducing liver inflammation and
cleansing the liver.
The third herb is dandelion. Dandelion is
packed with potassium and other herbal compounds
that have been shown to act as a diuretic
and causing your liver to release toxins and
also support the gallbladder in releasing
bile. That’s really what’s going to cause
that liver to dump the toxins.
So there’s a great benefit of taking milk
thistle, turmeric, and dandelion in a combination
in a cell detox or a liver detox supplement.
But again, those three herbal extracts are
the most effective herbs at naturally detoxifying
the liver. Not to say there’s not others,
like bupleurum and a few others that are great
for the liver. But those are some of my favorites.
The third thing you need to do to detox your
liver is to work on your body emotionally
and detox your emotions. According to ancient
Chinese medicine, the emotions you experience
directly affect certain organs. When it comes
to your liver and cleansing your liver, there
are specific emotions of number one would
be frustration. The other one is resentment,
unforgiveness, and anger. Those are the four
emotions that directly affect your liver.
So if you know you struggle with frustration,
if you tend to get frustrated easily, if you
have anyone in your life, including your spouse
or coworkers that you tend to have resentment
towards them, know that you’re not hurting
them, you’re hurting yourself. You’re hurting
your liver. Those toxic emotions are literally
shutting down your liver and your body, creating
disease in your system.
And what I’d recommend you to do is get out
a sheet of paper, write down all the people
you haven’t forgiven, all the people you feel
any ounce of resentment towards, your parents,
spouses, coworkers, and really work to absolutely
forgive and forget. I also just recommend
as you do that, you may want to work with
a counselor on this. You may want to work
with a dear friend that’s close to you.
But listen, those toxic emotions aren’t hurting
them, they are hurting you. So you really
want to make sure that you work on healing
and detoxing those emotions. Another great
way to do that is practice gratitude. One
of the things I do every morning is I get
up and say what I’m grateful for. But practicing
gratitude, forgiveness, building joy into
your life, reading personal growth books,
reading your Bible and reading scripture and
memorizing verses, those types of things really
will help you become free.
But listen, don’t keep it inside. You really
have to talk and work with somebody on this
as well. So again, a best friend, a counselor,
a church, those things can all help. But again,
if you truly want to detox your entire system
and liver, you’ve got to work on that emotional
aspect as well.
Step number four, eat real liver. That’s right.
I’m telling you to eat liver, like chicken
liver or beef liver. In fact, ancient practitioners
or practitioners from the past 100 years really
used liver supplementation to help overcome
liver toxicity and other diseases. If you
look at men like Weston A. Price, the famous
dentist who traveled the world and found what
really caused disease, gum disease and liver
disease and disease in the body. He recommended
liver supplementation. Dr. Royal Lee, who
started the company Standard Process, recommended
raw liver supplementation and liver capsules
and had great results with patients. Dr. Gerson,
who started Gerson therapy, recommended beef
liver in overcoming cancer. So you can see
here real liver is great.
So what I do is I do a chicken liver. You
can make a chicken liver p�t�. I’ll do
a chicken liver Crock-Pot, where I’ll do two-thirds
chicken, two pounds of chicken and maybe one
pound of chicken liver I pick up at my farmer’s
market or health food store. Do that with
celery and onions and carrots and make it
into a big Crock-Pot. That’s another way to
do it. Or hey, if you just can’t eat liver,
you can buy desiccated liver tablets online.
Another easy way to do it is getting liver
in your diet.
And then step number five for a natural liver
cleanse is consume foods that cleanse the
liver and specifically think spring. Think
sprouts, salads, sour foods. In fact, sour
foods, according to ancient Chinese medicine,
are the foods that are most nourishing to
the liver. So think about this, again, a big
spinach salad with sprouts, maybe some tomatoes,
some cucumber and then sprinkle a little bit
of olive oil.
Then along with that, some apple cider vinegar.
Again, you’ve got the sourness, you’ve got
the fresh sprouts. But again, apple cider
vinegar, sprouts, vegetables, vegetable juices,
all of those foods are very cleansing to the
liver along with sour foods, including most
probiotic-rich foods, things like kefir. Also,
sauerkraut, kimchi, beets, artichokes, dandelion
greens, all of those are fantastic for naturally
cleansing the liver.
So guys, I hope you’ve learned a lot. This
has been my five tips for naturally cleansing
and detoxifying the liver. Hey, if you’ve
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more great information coming out on how to
cleanse other organs in your body.
Also I recently wrote an article on my six-step
liver cleanse. If you want to learn what the
sixth one is, you can go online, search “DrAxe.com”
and find out what my number six tip is to
cleanse the liver.
Hey, guys, hope you’ve enjoyed this video
on natural ways to detox the liver.