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The liver is one of the largest (and most vital) organs in the body. It performs hundreds of functions, including processing nutrients from food, creating bile to flush out toxins from the body, and synthesizing and distributing protein throughout the body. It is imperative we keep our liver healthy and maintained! [1]

Unfortunately, due to the chemicals and pesticides sometimes found in the foods we consume, our livers can be overwhelmed with toxic buildup. If our livers are overtaxed, it can lead to digestive issues, PMS, headaches, indigestion, abdominal bloating, weight gain, liver spots, gallbladder issues, heartburn, and more. [2]

Turmeric Tea and Liver Aid

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One way to keep the liver healthy is by aiding its detoxification of the body. Turmeric tea is known to be one of the top liver aids — it stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which the liver then uses to eliminate toxins. [3]

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a plant that comes from the ginger family and is widely used in India for its medicinal properties. It has a bright yellow color caused by a phytochemical called curcumin. Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder’s production of bile. The liver will use that bile to eliminate consumed toxins and flush them out of the body. [4]

When the liver eliminates certain toxins, the cells of the liver are rejuvenated by the bile. It’s no wonder that turmeric has been widely used to treat digestion and liver issues. [3]

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Turmeric can also be consumed in liquid forms, like this delicious turmeric liquid extract from PuraThrive. This extract is made with liposomes, which are designed to deliver the nutrients straight to your cells, as opposed to running the risk of urinating them all out. You can enjoy it straight, or add a few droplets to a glass of water or to your morning smoothie to give you more energy for the day. To purchase a bottle, follow this link and scroll down to place your order.

Ingredients for Turmeric Tea

  • 2 teaspoons of fresh turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
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Directions: Turmeric Tea for One

  1. Fill your mug halfway with boiling water.Add the turmeric and ginger and stir.
  2. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, black pepper, and raw honey.
  4. Fill the rest of your mug with coconut milk and stir.

Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Below are some of the most common health benefits that you can get from drinking turmeric tea:

  • Aids the liver in detoxification [3]
  • Boosts overall health by improving liver function [4]
  • Improves circulation throughout the body [5]
  • Improves the complexion of your skin
  • Helps prevent internal blood clotting [5]
  • Reduces cholesterol [4]

This article was republished with permission from doctorshealthpress.com.

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Sources:

[1] Liver Function, Location & Anatomy | Body Maps. (2014, December 15). Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/liver

[2] The Liver and Detoxification. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver/the-liver-and-detoxification/

[3] Kang, Q., & Chen, A. (2009, December). Curcumin inhibits srebp-2 expression in activated hepatic stellate cells in vitro by reducing the activity of specificity protein-1. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19808779

[4] Prasad, S. (1970, January 01). Turmeric, the Golden Spice. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/

[5] Turmeric. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

 

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