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4 Ways to Protect Your Liver

Here are four natural ways to protect your liver.

Your liver is one of the largest and most important organs in your body. According to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, the liver converts the nutrients in foods you consume into beneficial proteins and substances for cells when they need them. Additionally, it takes unnatural, toxic substances – such as alcohol – and turns them into harmless materials before they disperse throughout the body.

Unfortunately, 3.9 million adults were diagnosed with liver disease in 2015 according to a national health survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those diagnoses, deaths totaled 40,326. Common causes of the disease include viruses, alcohol use and obesity.

"Common causes of liver disease include viruses, alcohol use and obesity."

Because the liver plays such a vital role in keeping your body in top shape, it's important to give it the same love and care it provides for you. Here are four natural ways to protect your liver:

1. Cut the Unhealthy Habits
The liver is the body's natural filtration system. When you follow bad habits, this critical organ becomes overworked and may not be able to process toxins efficiently. Drinking alcohol, for example, can disrupt the metabolism of the liver and lead to inflammation that causes scarring, also known as cirrhosis. Cutting this unhealthy habit will put less pressure on your liver and keep it in better shape.

2. Drink Coffee
Drinking a cup of coffee can give you that jolt of energy you crave in the morning, but did you ever consider it a liver savior? According to a report by Reuters Health, drinking coffee can reduce liver damage caused by food or alcohol, potentially lowering one's risk of developing liver cirrhosis all around.

While coffee may help take care of your liver, we don't recommend solely relying on it for energy. You can get a natural energy boost by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet and using some of our supplements such as our best-selling BarleyMax!

3. Exercise Regularly
Exercising reduces your risk for becoming overweight or obese – one of the common causes of liver disease. Make it a priority to spend at least 150 minutes every week dedicated to moderately intense aerobic activity, plus a mix of muscles strengthening exercises.

Girl doing yoga on the beach.Regular exercise reduces your risk for liver disease.

4. Follow a Healthy Diet
Much like all of the other systems in your body, a healthy diet can go a long way when it comes to protecting your liver. Liver disease can be caused by a buildup of fat deposits that leads to inflammation, which makes avoiding obesity a must. Following our primary raw, plant-based diet made up of nutritious vegetables and fruits that are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants cleanses the liver and ensures optimal function.

Need more convincing? Read some of the testimonials we've received over the years about how the Hallelujah Diet helped our followers eliminate cirrhosis of the liver with plant-based eating!


  1. Carolyn B, Calhoun May 19, 2018

    BABY your liver. It does so much work to keep your body healthy. Good raw diet….Exercise..Cut the alcohol intake. Good to know coffee in this instance is not frowned upon…but most important EAT RIGHT!!

  2. gloria June 4, 2018

    Personally, I think addictive substances (caffien, sugar, etc.) should be avoided.
    De-caf coffee can raise cholesterol levels, caffeinated coffee ups blood pressure. …
    Numerous studies show that decaffeinated coffee raises the risk for heart attack similar to regular coffee in spite of the lowered levels of caffeine. And the National Cancer Institute’s list of chemicals labels it as a possible human carcinogen.

    Coffee may have antioxidants which are good for you but I would rather get them from a different source.

  3. I love you promote a vegetarian diet. I just downloaded the anti-cancer recipes and It’s impressive.
    About the coffee I would like to contribute with this research, which promotes coffee as enemas and not by drinking it:
    M.D. Nicholas Gonzalez who has treated cancer patients in NY for years, said that coffee intake are detrimental to the overall health, and coffee in enemas are a great treatment for cancer. He literally says: In terms of its physiological action, oddly enough when you drink coffee it stimulates the stress nervous system and also suppression of liver function. The coffee enemas help the live work better, stimulating to release toxins.

  4. Connie June 29, 2020

    Not drinking alcohol puts less pressure on the liver. Alcohol can disrupt the metabolism of the liver and lead to inflammation and cirrhosis. I appreciate this explanation. When I tell people alcohol is not good for them, they think I’m giving them wrong information since they’ve been told by their doctor and the media to drink it for their hearts.

  5. Jerry Hudson June 30, 2020

    I’m recovering from a very mild stroke since last October. My liver responds immediately, within 30 minutes, when I take in a toxic “food”. I break out in angry red, very itchy whelps all over my 75 year old body. This condition lasts until at least 5 kidney/bladder dumps throughout the night. I go to bed about 8:00 or so and by 5:00 am the whelps all over my body are totally gone. When I don’t take in toxins, my skin stays perfectly white and smooth.

    • Melody Hord June 30, 2020

      Jerry, Your body’s response is fascinating. And it happens so quickly. If I eat MSG, my heart palpitates and I can’t sleep. That has not happened in years, as I make sure to avoid it. Is there anything particular you have noticed that makes your body get whelps? Thanks!

  6. Jennifer July 13, 2020

    Thank you for the information. I never knew drinking coffee could help keep my liver healthy.

  7. Thanks for the great tips in this article. I knew that the liver is essential to helping flush toxins from our bodies, but never knew coffee, in moderate amounts, could be beneficial for our liver.

  8. Annette Whitworth June 21, 2022

    This was great tips about keeping your Liver healthy. Im very please to learn all about the liver. I had a sister in law pass and she had problems with her liver. I will continue to keep in mind all about the liver and keep may liver cleanse. Thanks again

  9. Connie,
    Small amounts of alcohol-wine specifically raises good cholesterol. My mom was prescribed 2 4 ounce glasses of red wine a week because her good cholesterol was very low. It raised her numbers significantly. Any doctor who’s seen the effects of cirrhosis, would NOT recommend indiscriminate amounts of alcohol…the pain in the end, is excruciating and the added fluid that results (my brother had TWELVE LITERS—think 6 two liter bottles of soda) removed from his abdomen) in trouble breathing. A glass of wine now and then doesn’t hurt….I personally don’t like coffee, but do drink tea.

  10. Connie June 22, 2022

    Very interesting. Thanks so much for your first hand information!

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