Detox: 5 plants to cleanse your liver in the spring


“The liver, and especially the liver/gallbladder complex, has role of eliminating toxins, filtering the blood and eliminating waste from our body”, explains Myriam Amchikak, herbal naturopath and founder of Herbonata in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. This waste can be of two types:

  • the external toxins brought by food, pollution, drugs, cosmetics, etc.;
  • the metabolic waste : these are toxins produced by our body that come to accumulate in the first.

“It is important to help the liver to eliminate toxins by cleaning it”, advances the specialist.

Tired liver: how to recognize the signs that it needs to be cleaned?

“To know if it’s the right time, you have to listen to your body.” Fatigue, digestive disorders… Several elements can put us on the track. “In the short term, a engorged liver will lead to chronic fatigue problems (insomnia, nocturnal awakenings) and digestive disorders. In the longer term, this can lead to more serious problems such as metabolic problems (diabetes, cholesterol…) or gallstones”, she warns.

“Liver cleansing in the spring is particularly important because we are coming out of winter, we have eaten more fat, we have spent less, we have therefore accumulated more toxins that must be eliminated.” To unclog this organ as well as possible, the herbalist advises five particularly effective plants. “All are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 12,” she says. Furthermore, she recommends make synergies, that is to say the mixture of plants, in order to take advantage of the various associated benefits. “Some will be protective, others cleansing so with a synergy we can have all the beneficial effects.”

The editorial staff lets you discover these plants in pictures, to be tested as a three-week cure for prevention. “If you have metabolic problems, you can push longer but with a week break after the three weeks.”

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