Friday – Try TRF.
It’s time to show your hard-working liver some love. ‘It performs numerous vital functions, one of which is detoxification,’ explains Claire Barnes. ‘The liver converts harmful substances so that they can be excreted in the urine, or through bile back into the digestive system and excreted through the bowel.’
‘Damage to the intestinal lining can allow toxins, by-products from bacterial fermentation and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream and make their way to the liver,’ explains Claire. ‘An overgrowth of harmful bacteria increases the liver’s exposure to toxins.’ Heal the gut by taking live bacteria supplements and eating fermented foods. Try sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha and a supplement like Bio-Kult Advanced (£9.48, bio-kult.com).
Been over-indulging? Nutritional therapist Claire Barnes reveals the steps to give your liver a helping hand, ahead of Love Your Liver Month in January, and the beginning of a post-festive detox.
Wednesday – Heal the gut.
Saturday – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
‘Our bodies operate more efficiently when we’re in a routine,’ says Claire. ‘This means waking up at the same time each morning, eating our main meals at the same time each day, exercising earlier in the day while relaxing in the evenings and going to bed at the same time each night.’ A consistent schedule may not be doable for everyone all the time, but it’s important to maintain a routine as much as possible, which will enable your liver to function better throughout the day and night.
Liver cleanse: How to detox your liver in seven days.