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How to Cleanse Your Liver | Dr. Josh Axe

August 28, 2019

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and founder of Today I wanted to talk about how to cleanse your liver
and the top ways to detox your liver. Your liver is your second largest organ, and it
is so important for detoxification, for cleansing, for your overall health. So I’m going to go
over my five top ways that you can detox your liver on a regular basis. And number one is start by removing all the
toxic stuff in your diet. Listen, you can take all the pills, all the supplements, all
the potions. And you know what? They will not do any good until you start getting the
junk out of your diet. So step number one in doing a liver cleanse is to remove the
processed grains and sugars and fast foods and packaged foods. Get rid of it all and
just eat real food. Fruit it in its whole form, vegetables in its whole form, organic
grass-fed meats, sprouted whole ancient grains, stick with those types of foods if you want
to naturally cleanse your liver, and stay away from packaged, processed foods, especially
conventional meat and dairy. Conventional meat and dairy are loaded with
pesticides, herbicides, GMO residue, antibiotic drugs, steroids, hormones, other medication
residue. Those are all stuck in those meat products that you consume. So again, stop
consuming conventional meat and dairy is the number one step to detox your liver for good. Step number two is start consuming liver-detoxifying
herbs. There’s three specifically — milk thistle, turmeric, and dandelion. Now, milk
thistle is known as the king of detoxifying herbs, and it’s been shown to specifically
boost an antioxidant in your body called glutathione, which helps detox your liver and your cells.
So milk thistle, again, the number one herb, typically 150 milligrams twice daily of milk
thistle will play a huge role in supporting liver detoxification. The second herb is turmeric. Turmeric has
been shown to be very high in antioxidants that helps both the liver and the gallbladder.
So turmeric, you typically want to do about a tablespoon daily in your food or supplementing
with two capsules daily of about 1000 milligrams. That’s also going to help. The other great
thing about turmeric is it reduces liver inflammation. So it reduces inflammation of your GI tract,
so your colon as well as of your liver. So again, 1000 milligrams of turmeric daily,
great for reducing liver inflammation and cleansing the liver. The third herb is dandelion. Dandelion is
packed with potassium and other herbal compounds that have been shown to act as a diuretic
and causing your liver to release toxins and also support the gallbladder in releasing
bile. That’s really what’s going to cause that liver to dump the toxins. So there’s a great benefit of taking milk
thistle, turmeric, and dandelion in a combination in a cell detox or a liver detox supplement.
But again, those three herbal extracts are the most effective herbs at naturally detoxifying
the liver. Not to say there’s not others, like bupleurum and a few others that are great
for the liver. But those are some of my favorites. The third thing you need to do to detox your
liver is to work on your body emotionally and detox your emotions. According to ancient
Chinese medicine, the emotions you experience directly affect certain organs. When it comes
to your liver and cleansing your liver, there are specific emotions of number one would
be frustration. The other one is resentment, unforgiveness, and anger. Those are the four
emotions that directly affect your liver. So if you know you struggle with frustration,
if you tend to get frustrated easily, if you have anyone in your life, including your spouse
or coworkers that you tend to have resentment towards them, know that you’re not hurting
them, you’re hurting yourself. You’re hurting your liver. Those toxic emotions are literally
shutting down your liver and your body, creating disease in your system. And what I’d recommend you to do is get out
a sheet of paper, write down all the people you haven’t forgiven, all the people you feel
any ounce of resentment towards, your parents, spouses, coworkers, and really work to absolutely
forgive and forget. I also just recommend as you do that, you may want to work with
a counselor on this. You may want to work with a dear friend that’s close to you. But listen, those toxic emotions aren’t hurting
them, they are hurting you. So you really want to make sure that you work on healing
and detoxing those emotions. Another great way to do that is practice gratitude. One
of the things I do every morning is I get up and say what I’m grateful for. But practicing
gratitude, forgiveness, building joy into your life, reading personal growth books,
reading your Bible and reading scripture and memorizing verses, those types of things really
will help you become free. But listen, don’t keep it inside. You really
have to talk and work with somebody on this as well. So again, a best friend, a counselor,
a church, those things can all help. But again, if you truly want to detox your entire system
and liver, you’ve got to work on that emotional aspect as well. Step number four, eat real liver. That’s right.
I’m telling you to eat liver, like chicken liver or beef liver. In fact, ancient practitioners
or practitioners from the past 100 years really used liver supplementation to help overcome
liver toxicity and other diseases. If you look at men like Weston A. Price, the famous
dentist who traveled the world and found what really caused disease, gum disease and liver
disease and disease in the body. He recommended liver supplementation. Dr. Royal Lee, who
started the company Standard Process, recommended raw liver supplementation and liver capsules
and had great results with patients. Dr. Gerson, who started Gerson therapy, recommended beef
liver in overcoming cancer. So you can see here real liver is great. So what I do is I do a chicken liver. You
can make a chicken liver p�t�. I’ll do a chicken liver Crock-Pot, where I’ll do two-thirds
chicken, two pounds of chicken and maybe one pound of chicken liver I pick up at my farmer’s
market or health food store. Do that with celery and onions and carrots and make it
into a big Crock-Pot. That’s another way to do it. Or hey, if you just can’t eat liver,
you can buy desiccated liver tablets online. Another easy way to do it is getting liver
in your diet. And then step number five for a natural liver
cleanse is consume foods that cleanse the liver and specifically think spring. Think
sprouts, salads, sour foods. In fact, sour foods, according to ancient Chinese medicine,
are the foods that are most nourishing to the liver. So think about this, again, a big
spinach salad with sprouts, maybe some tomatoes, some cucumber and then sprinkle a little bit
of olive oil. Then along with that, some apple cider vinegar.
Again, you’ve got the sourness, you’ve got the fresh sprouts. But again, apple cider
vinegar, sprouts, vegetables, vegetable juices, all of those foods are very cleansing to the
liver along with sour foods, including most probiotic-rich foods, things like kefir. Also,
sauerkraut, kimchi, beets, artichokes, dandelion greens, all of those are fantastic for naturally
cleansing the liver. So guys, I hope you’ve learned a lot. This
has been my five tips for naturally cleansing and detoxifying the liver. Hey, if you’ve
liked what you’ve learned, make sure to subscribe here to the YouTube channel. I’ve got a lot
more great information coming out on how to cleanse other organs in your body. Also I recently wrote an article on my six-step
liver cleanse. If you want to learn what the sixth one is, you can go online, search “”
and find out what my number six tip is to cleanse the liver. Hey, guys, hope you’ve enjoyed this video
on natural ways to detox the liver.


  • Reply Anne Ace March 7, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Thank you ?

  • Reply Lorry Buehler March 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Thank You ?❤️????????

  • Reply Gerald Fields March 11, 2019 at 1:42 am

    to make my liver better I supposed to eat liver?..
    reminds me of the cannibal who showed up late for a luncheon, his buddies gave him the cold shoulder! in all seriousness. Great info.

  • Reply Be creative with Naomi March 11, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Can we cure cirrhosis and hepatitis B. Please can you make a video?

  • Reply christine ojok March 12, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Hello Dr.what about how to reduce water retention on legs..beside that how to cure goeiter (thyrorid)

  • Reply Antonio Fiammelli March 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    My ancestors did it with lots of wine it was biological ,,???????????

  • Reply Morning Star March 18, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    don't forget to forgive your self

  • Reply Tom Lay March 19, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Dr Axe, Thank you so much for your video. I believe that you are a christian. Our health is really from our spirit inside out.
    It is true that we have be spiritually healthy in order to have a healthy physical body.

  • Reply mobileacula March 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Great stuff Dr. Axe and always appreciate that you understand and mention Chinese medicine principles

  • Reply da ne March 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    If your detoxing your liver and after you clean them your cheeks get rosy, your getting clean.

  • Reply Bill Bates March 23, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Schisandra is always overlooked as a liver support and detoxifier. I have no idea why. The Chinese have been using it for 3 thousand years to support the liver and detoxify. They have even produced a medicine which contains schisandrins.

  • Reply Bella Tindale March 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Nice baby pink shirt.

  • Reply Bella Tindale March 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    To eat liver? Yuck – I will stick to my vegetarian diet.

  • Reply r alvarez March 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    thank you dr axe

  • Reply Gloria Corralez March 27, 2019 at 2:28 am

    What if I do not have my gallbladder

  • Reply Abseiduk March 31, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Where can i get information on how i can do a complete liver detox?

  • Reply BornFor Light April 1, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Finally, somebody, who advises the healing body and emotions cause this is number one. The thoughts emotions and physical health. We can't just do one but all. I am dealing with this right now and trying to understand my liver and kidneys to help digestive system I will post my development later on but a great video doc 😉

  • Reply jackzou yu quan April 4, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Talk a lot

  • Reply latina Hanson April 5, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I've been detoxing within the past year. Mental, physical it's definitely something to get used to but I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel as long as I keep going strong. I'm also in full surgical menopause. Wow has this been a rollercoaster ride. I appreciate your educating on not just health but the spiritual aspect of it as well.

  • Reply Bobo TheCat April 6, 2019 at 7:23 am

    what kind of dairy is not too bad? im too addicted to cheeses and milk so im trying to find a compromise to solve the cravings..

  • Reply Ossian Haddod April 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Row liver ?

  • Reply Србомбоница April 11, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Artichoke is also great for liver 🙂

  • Reply Tommy Jedi April 11, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    The best doctor! Hands down! Love his Biblical use, and his natural healing remedies

  • Reply Houda Gorman April 12, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you ?

  • Reply floydglenn April 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    4:43 – Dr. – you are absolutely .. an outstanding individual. yes you are.

  • Reply Master Cheif April 16, 2019 at 2:34 am

    thanks for Dr. josh , in korea. your video made me more healthy

  • Reply Adorn Scott April 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Will you do a video on what a healthy grocery list looks like or what's in you frig….veggies, fruits and supplements… Thank you! ❤ your channel!

  • Reply Xxx April 22, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I love you and so grateful for your knowledge!! Thank you ❤️❤️

  • Reply Linda Hellinger April 23, 2019 at 2:12 am

    What can i eat if im allergic to acidic foods?

  • Reply Basma El-Gaouni April 24, 2019 at 12:56 am

    What about Moringa?

  • Reply Ashanty Awosope April 28, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Thanks Doctors for sharing, natural is better- take out all
    Process food..sugar… tske in lots of herbs

  • Reply Wendy Martinez May 7, 2019 at 12:38 am

    what about raw milk?

  • Reply anne dama May 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Hello Dr axe

  • Reply LipstickGangsta May 9, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Late to this party great video doc

  • Reply Sasha Lewis May 10, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Excellent video! Short, to the point and easy to understand! Thank you!!

  • Reply Jennifer Doyle May 11, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Great channel ?

  • Reply Hank Mccoy May 14, 2019 at 3:17 am

    No lemon?

  • Reply jay double U May 17, 2019 at 4:40 am

    what about organic meat

  • Reply Diana Cortes May 18, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Thank for such a piece of important information, it certainly is about our body, but our spiritual well being is definitely key too. I love the advice of forgiveness. Praying and reading the Bible makes a huge impact on our physical and spiritual lives.

  • Reply Aline Santos May 19, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Great video ???

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  • Reply Elvira Garcia May 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Thank U dr. Josh Axe, you are right. U the best.

  • Reply khandi pwens May 28, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for your words of wisdom physically, mentally and especially, spiritually.

  • Reply Nick Klaus May 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

    the problem with super healthy diets is getting enough calories, i try to eat a lot of veggies, but they dont provide enough calories, so i also need to add in meat and carbs and some healthy fats.

  • Reply Mona Nobee May 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you Dr Axe .I do enjoy your videos. I'M learning alot.

  • Reply Tara Jade May 30, 2019 at 6:15 am

    wont eat liver! everything else I will do THANKS

  • Reply James Sieker May 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    What are the indicators that my liver is being detoxified, how will I know?

  • Reply Pann Cashdollar June 2, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Is it harmful to your liver if one eats white bread and fresh milk ?

  • Reply Снежана Нежная June 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    а на русский?

  • Reply Joseph Tiyang June 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Very informative…tnx

  • Reply Brian Blankenship June 7, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I take 1 ,1,000 mg milk thistle 2 liver rite and a multi vitamin in the morning I do the same at night I drink apple juice I've cut out Coke and all soft drinks and I'm feeling better

  • Reply Amira Issa June 10, 2019 at 12:03 am

    This's the best I've heard about this topic, especially the emotional and spiritual components. You've earned a new fan.

  • Reply Linda Petty June 12, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Fantastic information!

  • Reply werm June 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I used to love liver as a kid, we ate it a lot because we couldn't afford much. I had no idea it had the ability to cleanse your own liver. Im adding it back to my grocery list!!

  • Reply maria Vasquez June 22, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Hi dr. Axe! Can I get powder? I don't like tea..

  • Reply Second Coming June 23, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    By eating chicken or beef liver ?
    Has somebody already tried ?
    Pls share.

  • Reply Joe town June 25, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Hi, Dr Josh, Excellent video. I had to do a liver gallbladder flush, it felt like a horse kicked me in the stomach. I follow the videos I saw online. I need to do another one its been 5 years since the last one. I lost about 20lbs in two week after the flush. I need to work on forgiving people. My dad gave away my Afghan hound when I went on vacation forty years ago. I have forgiving my dad. My brother told me 2 years ago at Thanksgivings that he was the reason my dad gave away my dog. Now I'm back to square one. My dog help get over losing my Mom to cancer. It seems like everyone I'm close to, hurts me the most! I honestly don't know how I've made it to be 64 years old. I still miss my dog forty years later, my dad not so much! I can't believe my brother waited 38 years to tell me, he was the reason my dad gave my dog away. Now I don't want nothing to do with my brother. He didn't even say he was sorry for doing that. He just wanted to get off his chest to free his conscience.

  • Reply George Evangel June 29, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I had elevated liver enzymes Doctors have no idea what they are doing.On recommendation from friend in a health food store I started taking milk thistle.Enzymes were back to normal in a few weeks.

  • Reply Natasha Anderson-Hunt June 30, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Would Golden milk be a great method to also detox the Liver?

  • Reply KRIsHNAKALI Das July 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Body n mind r co-related.

  • Reply cydney haynes July 6, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Great information , but I was told to eat NO spinach because of the oxalates, any comment ?

  • Reply houstonlady1 July 7, 2019 at 1:41 am

    How often should we do a liver cleanse?

  • Reply Mindy Sweet July 7, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Thank-you for that information! I truly appreciated your points on forgiveness and reading my Bible. Letting go of someones offenses, is not only biblical but also healthy. Again thank-you!!

  • Reply Anna Ket July 8, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I don’t know what to do with my anger

  • Reply Rosie Morales July 10, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Great Advice Dr. Axe ?keeping up with liver detox????????????☕?

  • Reply Claribel Maysonet July 11, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Dr.Josh I agree !! We have to forgive others that hurt us in the past ! That will definitely help ! Lord help me to forgive myself and others especially to have a grateful heart ❤️ our bodies are the temple of the Spirit and we have to eat well too! Thank you ?

  • Reply LIFE RENU July 14, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    It's really amazing, I have researched and got a satisfying result.

  • Reply TheVicdub July 16, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Thank you God for MY life and my health ????????????.
    Next thing go and murder another life ??? ? ? ? ???

    My liver became so healthy ?

  • Reply ThomLin July 23, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Thank you so much; I appreciate this information and your effort to get it out to those of us who are actively searching. ☺

  • Reply Maria Ortiz July 27, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Super, thank you. I’m on my way to get it all. So true about the emotions, I’ve got to change. This has been the best educational video for me ever, thanks again!

  • Reply Claudia Joy July 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Thankyou I really love and trust all your advise
    Only one i listen to for my health advise?

  • Reply Telugu factory July 29, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Thanks sir for giving us great suggetions

  • Reply Barbara Bray July 29, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Dr. Axe can I take turmeric if I’m on Xarelto blood thinner ?

  • Reply Ani Cole August 1, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply gala76 August 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Dr …my liver enzymes are at 36 can i lower them or what can help …. Dr didnt give me any medecine just told me dont drink but i dont even drink at all

  • Reply Sherry Ann Todd August 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Everything you said is a go for me except the eating the liver,i definitely wont get that eaten

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  • Reply TATTOEDVEGAN August 9, 2019 at 2:51 am

    "eat liver". FAIL

  • Reply King 1hundred August 12, 2019 at 1:06 am


  • Reply Rachel Lachamawi August 12, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Does cooking effect the benefits of milk thistle? Thank you

  • Reply Jenny malik August 12, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I love your channel… ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Jenny malik August 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Very informative ❤️

  • Reply kalkeikuu kalkeikuu August 13, 2019 at 9:01 am

    If Tumeric reduces inflammation, then why does it irritate my GI tract and aggravates my gallbladder stones and kidney stones? High histamine and oxalates?

  • Reply Mary Smith August 13, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Really? Your liver detoxes itself. Treat it well and it will completely regenerate itself without all this bla bla bla.

  • Reply Flip Flop August 15, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Don't you need black pepper with turmeric

  • Reply Ismael Solomon August 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    I HATE liver. Now, I'm frustrated. Great.

  • Reply Phillip Loco August 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you Dr Axe.

  • Reply Torok Akos August 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Hi doc, tell to the people and doctors , Is a good terapeutic diet, the carnivore diet with waterfast. Not only for sibo, its good for gallbladder sludge to, to prevent the gallstones. And for fatty liver! 3 days waterfast cleans the bile sludge. This is another huge misunderstanding by today's doctors, the bile sludge. The Bile sludge is a much more complex problem. Bile sludge is a disease of the fatty liver and the injured gallbladder wall complex. Bacterias fungus adhere to the damaged gallbladder wall because the bile is not sufficient quality and quantity. If the patient eat any sugar , carbs, or soluble fiber, the gallbladder gas because of the microbes in the gallbladder wall, inflates the gallbladder, leading to further damage to the gallbladder wall.

    The only cure for gallbladder sludge is , a carnivorous diet with the sometimes 2-3 days waterfast, and the daily jogging, nothing else! Thanks for watching.

  • Reply Sarah Smith August 17, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Eat real liver? I don't think that would work.

  • Reply Lisa Truelove August 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Gerson's therapy. . . Thanks for all you do Dr. Axe ????????

  • Reply Dustin Collett August 20, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Wrong. The emotions come from defective liver – not the other way around.

  • Reply Ralph Mckellar August 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    How much dandelion? How much liver per mth pls. Pls also link or mention the brands u would buy.theres so many fake ones out there ❤️jenn

  • Reply saki shredder August 20, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you very much Dr.Axe I finally found the only person who aided me in my life to free myself from these bad emotions

  • Reply Sibyl Cook August 21, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Great video!

  • Reply Annette Rich August 22, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Thank you Dr Axe very informative

  • Reply Carolyn McCollum August 22, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks Dr Axe! U r My go to guy!!1

  • Reply Beatrice FRASK August 23, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply Robdrums Studios August 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Does the fruit not convert to fructose in the body? I think the toxic thoughts come from a fatty liver issue.

  • Reply mohamed kargbo August 24, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks but you have to show the items

  • Reply nett Dau August 26, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    What can I eat

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