Here are my top 5 ways to prepare your liver for the upcoming holiday season so you can crush the Holiday social scene like the life of the party that you are!!!

If you haven’t already read the article I wrote yesterday, “How Getting Serious About Liver Health Helped Me Become Become A Better Socializer” I would also suggest giving that a read too!

I recommend giving yourself at least 14 days to detoxify your body before the holiday shenanigans begin (which means you should start today!).

#1: Eliminate the offenders. Practice saying no to wine, baileys, pumpkin ale or whatever your drink of choice is at this time. Avoiding alcohol (even tobacco and caffeine) gives your liver the ability to focus on detoxifying harmful substances produced on the daily through normal metabolism and other bodily processes. It’s just 2 weeks. Try drinking Kombucha, tea, or fruit infused water instead. You can do this!

#2: Maximize your Antioxidant status and take supportive supplements! Antioxidants help to reduce the damage done by free radicals in our body. If you think of free radicals like Borat in the antique shop, creating a path of destruction without apologizing, then antioxidants are like Borus, Borats manager who grabs him pulls him out of the shop before her can do any more damage. My faves are N-acetylcysteine (NAC), Vitamin A, C, E, Selenium & Zinc, and Milk Thistle (which actually helps your liver to regenerate) and Glutamine (which aids in gut healing and cell regrowth).

#3: Do detoxifying exercises everyday. Motion is lotion people! Exercises can consist or gentle yoga practices, deep breathing or meditation, skin brushing, sauna, massage, and even detoxifying your mind by letting go of the things that no longer serve you. Try to avoid heavy sweat sessions during this time, because although you are sweating out toxins, you are stealing healing energy needed for your liver to repair your muscles.

#4: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! We need proper hydration to help flush toxins out of our systems, maintain our energy, regulate our body temperature, dissolve minerals, act as a lubricant for joints, and regulate our bowel movements and so much more! Clean, room temp filtered water is the best. Try flavouring it with lemon juice, cucumber slices and mint, and drinking herbal tea if you aren’t a huge fan of plain water.

#5: Add these foods to your diet: seeds like sesame and pumpkin, greens like kale and spinach, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and brussel sprouts, sulphur containing foods like onions and garlic, and super fruits full of antioxidants like blueberries, and pomegranate.

If improving your liver health, and overall health interests you before the holidays kick in, try the 14 day Liver Reset program that we designed here at Refresh Natural Health.

It has all the tips and tools (plus so much more) bundled into a neat little package designed to properly support phase I & II of liver detoxification and supercharge your body with antioxidants and healthy healing foods. Plus it has been designed by nutrition experts, alongside Naturopathic doctors and a colon hydrotherapist so it takes the guessing out of your healing regimen.

Katie Israelson