How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Update to the Two-Month Liver Detox Challenge
As of today, we’re a month and a few days (give or take, depending on when you started) into the Two-Month Liver Detox Challenge. That means about three more weeks to go. I just want to offer a few reasons to keep at it, for those who are participating. For those who aren’t, it’s never too late to get on the detox bandwagon. Let’s remember why we’re doing this in the first place and why we, as thyroidians, even give two shits about the liver: it processes thyroid hormone. , A weak liver, or a liver too busy and distracted by chemicals and toxins in the body won’t be able to ensure our thyroid hormones are distributed properly. That’s a big deal because no matter how many times Mr. Endocrinologist ups the dose, a toxic liver still won’t be able to distribute that pill’s contents.
The past month, for me, has been spent eating healthy (whole and organic) detox foods; things like avocados, onions and garlic, lettuce, celery, parsley, ginger, squash, peas, broccoli and cabbage (sparingly and/or cooked thoroughly), wild-caught fish, seeds, sea salt and herbs and spices, anti-inflammatory oils like olive and coconut and palm, and tons of purified water and lemon. I’ve also included an herbal tea that supports liver function, as well as a supplement that contains liver-stimulating herbs and amino acids.
The first two weeks, the noticeable difference was that, apparently, detoxing makes you have to use the bathroom alot (in more ways than one). It also ended up making me extremely thirsty. But, once I got over those difficulties (they did go away), I actually have ended up with more energy. Trust me, it’s not miraculous; I’m not running marathons or drafting my memoir. But, there has been an increase in my mental and physical energy. I have been able to concentrate more, and I don’t get tired as easily in the mornings and afternoons. Even if the improvement has been small, it is still worth celebrating in my book. , And if I had to make a judgement about the future, I have a feeling I may even stay at this after the two-month marker, just because I will take all the mental and physical stamina I can get. , Also, since most everything in our food supply and environment and personal beauty products contain toxic chemicals (and don’t forget the untested synergies), I’m pretty convinced that one can never do enough purifying — our immune systems, organs, and brains are constantly bombarded with these toxins. (Side note: a great book that addresses this very issue of toxins in our food, water, environment and homes, and the chemical synergies that result and damage our bodies is The Hundred Year Lie. I would highly suggest buying it. I own it. It’s amazing. It’s loaded with info on endocrine disruptors).
For those who are partaking in this challenge with me, and even for those interested in learning more, here are some great resources on detox and the liver — great incentives to keep at it. These are taken directly from the Two-Month Detox Challenge blog:
- Probiotics May Protect Your Live
- Foods to eat and avoid on a detox diet
- Ten Alternative Plants that Cleanse the Liver, Part I
- What are Toxins in my Body? Detox 101. Facts and Myths.
- Fast Track Liver Detox: Part One
Until Next Week,
Have a question, comment, story, love letter, or rant/rave to send me?: Liz@DearThyroid.com