Your liver's best hangover cure

The Good Life Letter

16th April 2010

  • A hangover cure for your liver
  • Herbs that detox your most overworked organ
  • The tea that contains more vitamin c than fruit

I'm not usually one to go on about the weather...

But how fantastic it was last weekend.... when summer poked
her head out of the clouds, and gave us a blast of sun.

We had some friends round to visit, and by Saturday
lunchtime we were in the garden, talking loudly, drinking wine
and tucking into cheeses, pate and salad.

I got a bit carried away with the whole thing... and by the time
everyone left, I was slightly, embarrassingly, worse for wear.

Or so my wife said.

I think it was something in the salad that made me dizzy...
maybe a dodgy tomato.

The next day, flushed with guilt about my liver, one of the first
things I did (that's after my usual spoonful of manuka honey in
hot lemon.... my muesli.... and fresh pot of coffee)... was brew
myself up a medicinal tea.

But not your English breakfast... not your Earl Grey.... and not
even your super-healthy green tea (although green tea could
have helped me).

No instead, I made a dandelion and fennel tea.

Why? Well let me explain....

Nature's best liver protector

Your liver is the organ which processes nutrients, drugs,
toxins, and any other substance entering your body through
the intestines, lungs, or skin. It's one of the most overworked
organs we have, and often the most overlooked.

It particularly doesn't like dealing with the processing of too
much alcohol. However, there are steps you can take to
protect your liver when you indulge a little too much...

And you don't have to look any further than Nature's medicine

One the most powerful liver remedies is Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle is a natural liver detoxifier that contains a powerful
compound called silymarin.

This defends the liver from many industrial toxins such as
carbon tetrachloride - a nasty substance that good old big
business has pumped into the air and our water supplies. It
also protects against the effects of common substances like

Here's how it works...

A remedy so powerful, it can beat one of the deadliest
liver toxins in the world

Milk Thistle prevents toxins from entering the liver by guarding
the organ's numerous doorways-the membranes of liver cells.

Milk Thistle acts as a bouncer, refusing the rowdy toxins entry
into the liver. Of course, the toxins don't just give up. They
fight to get in. But Milk Thistle can slow them down until the
kidneys swing into action and throw them out of the body.

And if you're wondering just how powerful Milk Thistle is, just
listen to this little story...

The deathcap mushroom is one of the most notorious liver
toxins known to man. If you eat this little fella, you're in big

But listen to this...

A group of 49 patients with deathcap poisoning were given
injections (20 mg/kg daily) of silymarin, a major ingredient in
Milk Thistle.

Now, the death rate from deathcap poisoning usually stands
somewhere between thirty and forty percent.

But after taking silymarin, ALL 49 patients survived!

And study after study shows that Milk Thistle is a truly
powerful protection against liver disease. It's important to find
versions of this that contain at least 70 per cent silymarin.
Then take 150mg three times a day

It isn't the only remedy, however...

More natural herbs that care for your liver

There are quite a few herbs that target the liver. They include
aloe, barberry, celery, dandelion, fennel seed, golden seal,
horseradish, mountain grape, motherwort, prickly ash, wild
indigo, peppermint leaf, chamomile flower and yarrow.

The most easily available herb you can try is the common
dandelion. This not only gives your liver a boost, it helps
cleanse your blood too.

To give your liver a natural detox, take a selection of some of
the herbs I've mentioned. In my case last weekend it was
fennel seed, dandelion (I also chucked in a bag of chamomile
tea from the cupboard). Boil up some water in a pan, then
bring it down to a simmer. Add the herbs and simmer gently
for ten minutes.

Now let it cool for another ten minutes, leaving the herbs
steeped in the water. Strain, then drink as you would a regular
herbal tea. Sweeten it with some really raw manuka honey for
a super heavyweight punch of good time health!

I recommend you sweeten it when it's warm-lukewarm so that
the delicate enzymes in the honey aren't destroyed.

And don't forget this important vitamin...

Getting the right levels of Vitamin C is crucial for a healthy

Green tea, which I mentioned at the beginning of today's letter
is a good option. It has high levels of an antioxidant called
EGCG, which is 100 times more powerful than vitamin C

Another essential daily liver medicine is the kiwi fruit, which is
packed with vitamin C. When it comes to your liver, vitamin C
also works well in combination with the vitamin E found in
wheatgerm oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts and

All these foods are said to help protect your liver cells.

As for me, I'm a big fan of a daily glass of wine as a
restorative preventative medicine. But perhaps next time I'll
decide on some summertime lunchtime drinking, I'll stick to
ONE glass.

It's not really my liver that worries me, it's the long rants about
food and health with which I regale my long-suffering friends
(and even my kids)... slightly undermined by a slur and a
gleaming eye!




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