We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love our liver

The liver supports metabolism, immunity, digestion and detoxification, and interacts with your hormonal and digestive system. It’s one of the most important organs in your body! So, with the holiday season well underway, we’re sharing a few pointers on how to give some love to your liver!


Consider your alcohol intake

We’re not saying don’t drink - where’s the fun in that? But the liver is the first organ targeted by heavy drinking, so excessive consumption can be damaging.

Consider going for a kombucha or soda water and lime instead...or if that’s TITF**, stick to clear spirits or a glass of wine to avoid excess sugars and horrific hangovers...Ain’t nobody got time for that!


Supplement with Detox + Debloat

The three main ingredients in our beloved Detox + Debloat formula are: 

  • Turmeric, which protects the liver
  • Milk thistle, traditionally used to support the liver’s detoxification process
  • Dandelion root, which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components as well as inulin - a soluble fibre which benefits digestion. 

Tonnes of liver love in there! Goes without saying really, this formula is a miracle worker!


Eat your beets

Beetroot can help protect the liver, and can actually prevent fat from building up thanks to its miracle compound, Betaine. This reduces inflammation, protects against toxins and minimises the risk of liver damage. We love beetroot raw, shaved in a slaw, roasted or pickled... Just don’t wear white!


Fill up on fibre

Fibre can improve gut function, which helps protect the liver and kidneys from inflammatory bacteria. This means the liver can focus on its metabolic processes, rather than worrying about reducing inflammation. So enjoy your oats, lentil curries, chickpea salads, fruit and veg (Top tip: Keep the skin on! This is where most of the fibre lives). 


So de-liver some love to your liver this silly season!


**PS: Still wondering what TITF means? Don’t worry, if you’re not cool enough to know either, the Millennials tell us it’s “Taking It Too Far” (crying/laughing emoji)


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