Liver detox – These methods and home remedies can relieve liver stress

from Mag. Margit Weichselbraun
on 11.01.2024
Liver detox – These methods and home remedies can relieve liver stress Liver detox – These methods and home remedies can relieve liver stress

After the feast comes care for the liver. While many of us retreat indoors to hibernate in the winter months and spend the cold days enjoying heavy food, lounging on the sofa and spoiling ourselves with a few glasses of alcohol, others of us feel energised by the approaching spring and summer and want to throw off the physical torpor of winter. But even in the middle of the year, detoxing the liver can feel the right thing to do for some people too. For this self care, selected plant substances can be the ideal addition; they gently calm our liver so that we can start the spring refreshed.

The liver is the largest gland in the body and our most important metabolic organ at the same time. Every day it does a most amazing job, metabolising, controlling, storing, detoxifying and eliminating. All these tasks are vital. However, although the "heroic" liver is about five times as heavy as the heart, its role and function are often underestimated.

How do we know when the liver needs a bit if time out?

The health of our liver is incredibly important for our vitality and our well-being. However, we don’t always remember this. For example, lots of sweet and fatty fast food, alcohol and nicotine all take a toll on the ceaselessly working metabolic organ. What we consider to be indulgent days of relaxation and feasting are actually highly stressful work days for our liver. However, its efforts generally go unsung, because our liver very often suffers in silence. Nevertheless, every so often. our liver gives us a little pointer that it would like a bit of time off. These pointers include fatigue, malaise, a feeling of fullness and a feeling of pressure in the right upper abdomen.

How to detox the liver?

Our liver is multi-talented and actually does a lot itself. It can usually take good care of itself, but even the liver has its limits. In order to prevent it from suffering burnout, we should grant this hard-working organ some well deserved time off, by protecting it from the range of metabolically demanding substances that we generally ask it to deal with. The first step for liver detox is a conscious reduction in fats, sweets and fast food as well as avoidable toxins (e.g. alcohol, nicotine and medications – unless prescribed by your doctor).

If you want to eat a diet that is aimed at being gentle on your liver, the general recommendations for a healthy diet – varied, unprocessed, organic, local and plant-based – couldn’t be better. In addition, slowing down and destressing in everyday life is also good for the liver, because the stress hormone cortisol is a bitter pill for our liver to have to deal with in the long term.

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In addition, there are also micronutrients (vitaminsmineralstrace elements) that help to keep the enzymatic movement in focus. As so-called co-factors, they ensure that the liver enzymes can go about their work smoothly. For example, zinc supports fat and carbohydrate metabolism and, together with other micronutrients such as vitamin B (riboflavin)and selenium,helps protect cells from oxidative stress.

Other home remedies for liver care

Alkalis & liquid

A good acid-base balance is an ongoing balancing act for our body. Especially after longer periods of heavy meat, fat and sugar consumption, our organism is ready for a nutrient-rich, alkaline-generating diet with fruits, vegetables, algae and herbs. In addition, special preparations can also supply valuable base compounds. In addition to a healthy diet, sufficient fluid supply is required. At least two liters of liquid in the form of water or unsweetened organic herbal teas should be on the menu daily.

Hepatic wrap

The hepatic wrap is considered a tried and tested home remedy. It improves the blood circulation of the liver and thus stimulates the liver processes. A small towel (e.g. guest towel) is immersed in hot salt water, squeezed and placed twice folded on the skin above the liver. Then a hot-water bottle is placed on the towel, a larger towel is wrapped as tightly as possible around the abdomen and the wrap is left on the abdomen for 30 minutes (Note: Do not use in the case of bleeding and/or ulcers in the digestive tract!).


Physical activity not only keeps us fit, it also proves to be extremely useful when disposing of bodily contamination. In addition to cooling the body, sweat is used to remove salts and waste materials. In addition, exercise stimulates the metabolism and thus also liver activity.

Reduction in pollutants

It is naturally best for our liver to avoid harmful substances. Plant-based foods such as rice, vegetables or fruits, whether organic or not, should always be washed before consumption. We should walk or exercise away from busy roads in the fresh air and we should use natural variants for cosmetics and cleaning agents.


Long-term stress is not only a burden on our mind. In fact, our liver also suffers when we are stressed. It is therefore all the more important to let go not only physically, but also mentally. Relaxing alkaline baths, long walks or gentle yoga exercises, for example, help us to de-stress in everyday life and serve the purpose of holistic cleansing.

How often and for how long should we de-stress the liver?

How often and for how long we should treat our liver to some time out depends on factors such as individual diet, lifestyle, pollution and predisposition. However, an annual or semi-annual break definitely does this organ good in its detoxification mission.

And free the liver: If we regularly consume alcohol, eat fat or take medication, we should treat this high performing organ more often to a regenerative break. The liver always accepts with thanks such liver-friendly days, which are heavy in simple food and substances that support the liver.

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