Beauty expert Liz Earle has an easy homemade (and totally free!) solution to help your liver get to work on cleansing your body. After a heavy weekend, it's just the thing to put your spring health kick back on track...
The liver wrap
'If a little overindulgence has left you feeling a little 'liverish', you might like to try a 'liver wrap' - a simple but highly effective way to stimulate the detoxification process in the liver. You will need: A hot water bottle, a flannel and a small fluffy towel.
Wearing just a dressing gown, gather everything together and lie down somewhere comfortable. Start by applying the cold damp flannel to the right-hand side of your body just beneath the ribcage to cover the liver area.
The coldness felt by the skin briefly lowers the temperature of the tissues beneath and your body's reflexes respond by increasing circulation in that area. Next, place a really warm hot water bottle on top of the damp flannel to retain moisture and stimulate the autonomic nervous system.
This in turn boosts blood flow to the liver and supports its detoxification activity. Cover the hot water bottle with a soft towel and rest on a sofa or go to bed. This is a useful therapeutic treatment to carry out at bedtime and you can even fall asleep with the hot water bottle in place. Otherwise, simply put your feet up and rest for 30 minutes (the longer the better).
Three things to love about the liver wrap – it's inexpensive, simple and it works.'
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