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Could my liver be affected by my long-term regular intake of medicinal drugs, and need a detox ?

Yes, medicinal drugs can be a burden on your liver and you may need to assess your liver function and perhaps undergo a detox. Here is a typical diet for a one week detox:


DOs

  • Begin your detox at the weekend or during a time when you do not have too much going on.
  • Walk at least 15 minutes every day.
  • Drink at least 2 litres of purified, distilled, filtered or bottled water a day. You can also drink dandelion coffee or herbal teas.
  • Every day have a pint of fruit or vegetable juice - either carrot and apple juice (you can buy these two separately and combine with one third water) with grated ginger, or fresh watermelon juice. The flesh of watermelon is high in beta-carotene and vitamin C. The seeds are high in vitamin E, and antioxidants minerals zinc and selenium. You can make a great antioxidant cocktail by blending watermelon flesh and seeds in a blender.
  • Eat in abundance:
  1. Fruit - the most beneficial fruits with the highest detox potential include fresh apricots, all types of berries, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwi fruits, papayas, peaches, mango, melons and red grapes.
  2. Vegetables - especially good for detoxification are artichokes, peppers, beetroots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflowers, cucumbers, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, watercress, beans and seed sprouts.  
  • Eat in moderation:
  1. Grains - brown rice, corn, millet or quinoa, not more than twice a day.
  2. Fish - mackerel, sardines, or organically farmed or wild salmon, not more than once a day.
  3. Oils - use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking and in place of butter, and cold-pressed seed oils for dressings.
  4. Nuts and seeds - one handful a day of raw, unsalted nuts and seeds should be included. Choose from almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds.

DON'Ts
  • Avoid all wheat products, all meat and all milk and dairy products, eggs, salt and any foods containing it, hydrogenated fats, articial sweeteners, food additives and preservatives, fried foods, spices and dried fruits.
  • Limit potatoes to one portion every other day and bananas to one every other day

Do not be surprised if you feel worse for a couple of days before you feel better. This is especially likely if you are eliminating foods to which you are allergic/dependent.

Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) may also have been damaging your gut lining, so you may need to detoxify your bowel. You can help restore the health of your gut lining by supplementing 5g of glutamine powder before bed. It is also recommended you work under the guidance of a nutritional therapist, who could assess why you have needed to continue taking medications long-term, and explore ways of improving your overall health.

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