Gentle Liver Support

This post is adapted from the Essential Thyroid Cookbook Companion Guide, which is a free download with the purchase of our bestselling Essential Thyroid Cookbook. Enter your name and email to the left (scroll down a bit) for a sample cookbook.

It was originally published in November of 2021 and received a few updates in November of 2023.

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Liver health. It’s a thread that’s woven into all of my clients’ coaching programs.

Low metabolized cortisol? Liver.

Estrogen dominance? Liver.

Poor estrogen methylation? Liver.

Poor thyroid hormone conversion? Liver.

Our liver is one big filter—it’s our body’s largest internal organ of detoxification. (Our skin is our largest external organ of detoxification, given all of our sweat glands.) Not only does the liver filter toxins from food, water, pharmaceuticals (including supplemental hormones), air, and what our skin comes into contact with, but again, much of our thyroid hormone conversion (T4 to T3) takes place in the liver.

Dr. Susan Blum, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan, states, “Think of your detox system as a little engine that is inside every cell, with the biggest engine in the liver.”

Not only is it important to keep the liver working optimally for proper hormonal pathways, but also, this multi-tasking organ manages hundreds of our body’s functions, including regulating fat storage, supporting metabolism, supporting digestion, and managing blood sugar.

I believe that the body has a great capacity to detox/cleanse itself, given the right support. I’m not a fan of the liver and intestinal “detox in a box” products that you often find in health food stores. They can be expensive and some are downright dangerous.

Gentle, everyday liver support:

Please consult with your doctor or other qualified practitioner before starting any supplements, including phytomedicines (herbs).

  • Prior to breakfast, drink a cup of warm, filtered water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed in. 
  • To reduce your overall toxic body burden, heed the recommendations in the Addressing Toxic Body Burden section of our Essential Thyroid Cookbook Companion Guide (a free download when you purchase our cookbook.)
  • Take a B-complex, Vitamin C, and multi-mineral. Zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper are particularly liver-supportive. You’ll also see in the educational component of our cookbook how these minerals are uniquely thyroid- and immune-supportive. See the bottom of this post for getting quality supplements at a discount.
  • Take turmeric. Read this to see just how magical this “holy powder” is for many conditions. This turmeric product is the only one I’m now recommending. A little goes a long way.
  • Do an Elimination Provocation experiment.

Liver-supportive foods contain key nutrients that are directly involved in the biochemical pathways responsible for detoxification.

These foods include:

Hemp seeds
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Olive oil
Green tea
Sea vegetables
Coconut oil
Fermented foods
Dark leafy greens
Broccoli *
Cauliflower *
Brussels sprouts *
Cabbage *

* Go here for the reasons why you don’t need to fear these vegetables (so-called “goitrogens”).

Advanced liver support:

Below are some effective and economical strategies that will help your body detoxify harmful substances from your system.

Please consult with your doctor or other qualified practitioner before starting any supplements, including phytomedicines (herbs).

  • I have to mention this one again…turmeric. If you choose this extremely bioavailable form of turmeric, remember, a little goes a long way.
  • Take the liver-supportive herbal combination, dandelion root and milk thistle. It’s even been used as a treatment for fatty liver disease. My high recommendation is the Liver Health tincture by Herb Pharm. See the bottom of this post for getting quality supplements at a discount.
  • Consider supplemental fiber for 30 days only. My recommendation is to drink 8 oz. of filtered water with a heaping teaspoon of powdered fiber—psyllium, triphala, or acacia fiber.
  • Consider NAC (N-acetylcysteine).
  • Support estrogen metabolism with Di-indolylmethane (DIM). Work with a qualified practitioner to determine if you’re estrogen dominant. If so, take Di-indolylmethane (DIM) to help your body metabolize and detoxify excess estrogen from your system. It’s not recommended to take DIM when estrogen dominance is not a concern.
  • Do a gentle heavy metals detox protocol. Read this and please know that this product is very likely the only thing you’ll ever need to remove heavy metals from your system. For real. A little goes a long way…go low and slow. (See first link/document in this bullet for a link to a dosing guide.)

As I tell my clients, giving your liver some gentle love will have a far-reaching and oh-so-positive impact on so many of the body’s systems. And given that so many of these systems work together, it’s truly a beneficial feed-forward cycle!

*  You can get 15% off retail on high quality products through our online dispensary, Fullscript. You can create a Fullscript account here. You can also create a Root account here (for above-mentioned, highly recommended turmeric and clinoptilolite zeolite).


I have purchased your book off from Amazon.    May I have your free Companion Guide?    Thank you.

Hi Candise, thanks for asking. There's a link/URL in the cookbook for the free download. If you need further help, you can email me at - Ruby, Jill's assistant

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