What helps to detox from alcohol? The liver is a very important organ in the body. It is responsible for metabolizing and building amino acids, hormones, and other substances. Unfortunately, alcoholism and drug abuse deplete liver function to unhealthy levels. As well, alcohol use and abuse increases cravings, which further deplete liver function. In addition to adding burden to the liver, constant use decreases the user’s tolerance for alcoholic beverages, decreases the user’s ability to effectively break down sugars, and decreases overall bodily energy.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases of the liver. The first step to detoxing from alcohol is to address the damage caused to the liver by alcohol and/or drugs. A detox diet can be administered to the user to force the body to begin the process of detoxification. Some herbs, such as Milk Thistle, are traditionally used for this purpose. Other herbs that can be used are Astragalus, and Milk Liver. In addition, herbal teas can also be used during detoxing.
The liver is separated into three compartments: the follicular unit (also called the hepatic bile), the parenteral cavity, and the tunica albican. The liver produces bile, a substance that helps digest and process fats. When there is an excessive amount of consumption of alcohol or drugs, or when there is a chronic abuse, the liver can be permanently damaged. The damage caused to the liver can result in the following conditions: cirrhosis, portal hypertension, hepatitis, and even cancer of the liver. As well, excess weight gain, weakness, nausea, and brain function can occur.
How does the liver eliminate toxins? Excess alcohol, whether through drinking, drug use, or eating excessive amounts of food and protein, will have an adverse effect on the liver because it removes toxins from the blood, causing the liver to produce more catechins (reducing liver function). When there is too much catechin in the blood, there is too much damage caused to the liver cells, resulting in less bile production and reduced blood alcohol level. When blood alcohol level is too high, there is no where for bile to go but back into the liver.
If the liver has been overworked due to excessive drinking or drug use, it may fail gradually. This can result in failure, which is irreversible. Severe liver disease, when left untreated, can cause liver failure. So, treating the condition and avoiding further damage to the liver is very important.
Some herbal supplements are recommended for treating and improving liver health. Herbs can reduce liver inflammation and can detoxify the liver at the same time. Aloe vera, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and chamomile are common ingredients of herbal supplements that help with detoxing. As a matter of fact, many herbal supplements have anti-fever properties, which can help improve liver functioning. Some of these herbs can cause mild symptoms of nausea, which dissipates once liver function is restored. They are safe, inexpensive, and effective.
Vitamin C is another important element in helping the liver is functional. When vitamin C is not properly manufactured and used by the body, it can create toxicity. It produces free radicals that attack healthy cells and tissues. This can cause scarring in the liver.
It is important to note that alcohol detoxing should be done under the supervision of a professional. Consulting your doctor is a good idea if you have any questions about what herbs you should take. Liver detoxing should only be performed by people who are trained to do so. Harmful side effects can occur when herbs are taken in combination with alcohol. This is why consulting a professional is advisable.