Clean your liver

Chinese Breath Exercise – Lisa McLellan

It is time to clean your liver. The liver’s job is to eliminate the toxins or harmful agents found in the environment which come from trace amounts found in our food, water and air. All of our livers need an overhaul! The liver sits right between the digestive tract and the bloodstream. Nothing can get into the bloodstream from the digestive tract (unless you have a leaky gut) without first passing through the liver. The liver’s job is to trap what is undesirable, try to detoxify and eliminate it. That is why Trans fats are so dangerous; they are very difficult to eliminate. What we don’t eliminate stays trapped inside us, slowly contaminating us. If the body is not detoxifying properly due to an accumulation of toxins or a lack of the necessary nutrients to neutralize or transform these toxins, harmful substances accumulate causing symptoms such as fatigue or chronic fatigue, pain, chronic hormonal problems (including PMS), fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding and of course, serious illnesses.

Toxicity often affects the liver and interferes with the brain’s functioning and moods. The reason the effects of alcohol or caffeine eventually wear off is that the liver has cleared the substance out of the bloodstream. The same is true for the effects of medications, harmful poisons, carcinogens, or other toxins. By supporting the liver and reducing its burden of detoxification, we can promote its long-term healthy functioning. The liver is one of the organs of longevity. By supporting the liver with the nutrients it needs for optimal functioning we help to prevent many illnesses and diseases from developing.

The Liver Cure – Simple Recipe


  • Juice of 1/2 lemon,
  • 1 inch chunk of peeled ginger,
  • 1/2 cup of organic apple juice.
  • Blend in blender.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of organic olive oil.

Drink first thing every morning for two weeks.


The liver needs bitter foods and herbs to eliminate the bile. If the bile is not eliminated, it can harden into gallstones.

In the natural food stores you can find a 10 day cure in the form of ampoules that contain artichoke, black radish and Boldo. i.e. Flex-o-bile. Take the ampoules with water and lemon juice every morning before breakfast. We can sometimes experience some unpleasant side effects from doing a cleanse. These side effects may include increased bowel movement, temporary diarrhea, headaches or other symptoms.

Liver Maintenance

  1. It is a good habit to start the day first thing with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a glass of warm or hot water.
  2. Try a mesclun salad mix. Add endives, radicchio, chicory and watercress. Rapini, lemon and artichoke are also in the bitter food family. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables daily (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, bok choy).
  3. Eat high-quality sulphur containing foods: eggs, whey protein, garlic and onions.
  4. Try fresh vegetable juices including carrot, celery, beet, parsley and ginger.
  5. Try dandelion greens, which help liver detox, improve flow of bile and increase urine flow.
  6. Add cilantro to meals; it can help remove heavy metals. Add dark green leafy vegetables which contain chlorophyll, a helpful detoxifier.
  7. Certain exercises found in Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong are specifically for the liver. Join a class and enjoy the benefits of the body/mind approaches.

Go on. Take care of your liver and enjoy a long, healthy life. I have provided you with a wide variety of possible actions. A few must be just right for you!


This video is a part of a serie of 10 that can be purchased through the Video Online Fitness Classes page Here. Or by purchasing the Breathing DVD Here


About The Author


Lisa McLellan founded Age Smart Fitness in 2006. Age Smart Fitness is dedicated to the health, fitness and mental well-being of people age 40 and over.


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