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How Long Does It Take to Detox Your Liver from Alcohol and Other Toxins?

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People about to go on a digestive cleanse always wonder how long does it take to detox your liver. This is to be expected; after all, nobody enjoys a prolonged cleansing cycle of any sort. They just want to quickly get it out of the way, so they can return to their daily rhythm. Obviously, everyone’s body is different, and some people have more accumulated toxins than others. For this reason, we can’t give you a definitive number in terms of days.

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General Liver Detox Length

In our previous post, we explain how to do a liver cleanse. The methods we outlined involved seven-day cycles. Does this mean your liver will be completely flushed out by the end of the seventh day? We can’t say for certain. Again, it depends on multiple factors, such as the existing toxin buildup in your liver and other organs. If you’re a heavy smoker, drinker and junk-food eater, then you might need a lengthier or multiple flush cycles.

You need to go by how you feel. Do you feel more energetic, clear-minded and “lighter?” If you notice feeling better, then it’s safe to say your liver has at least gotten rid of some or most of the toxic waste. If you feel nothing, then you might need another cycle or two. Some liver detox programs, by the way, last as long as 30 days.

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Keep in mind that liver toxicity correlates with other health issues. If your liver is badly in need of a flush, then your overall general health probably isn’t that great. We wager that you probably also have a lot of internal inflammation. Your digestive health is likely less than optimal, and you need a colon cleanse as well. These conditions don’t reverse themselves in a day and probably not even in a seven-day cycle.

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How Long Does It Take to Detox Your Liver from Alcohol?

People have also asked how long it takes to cleanse the liver from alcohol. This is a concern for those who love their nightly booze. Alcohol liver disease, after all, affects about one in five heavy drinkers, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcohol greatly increases risk of fatty liver disease.

This is why we advocate prevention and limit alcohol intake to the weekends, if at all. However, if you’ve been a heavy drinker for several years, then we don’t need to tell you that your liver is begging for a detox.

A cleanse, though, is not just about drinking some herbal detox tea. You also need to get off the alcohol, or at least slowly wean off of it. When you do that, your body is going to experience withdrawal. You’re going to feel jittery, sleepless, nauseous and headachy. These are signs that your body has become dependent on alcohol. If dependency is severe, you might even feel withdrawal while still tipsy from your last drink.

For mild drinkers, expect withdrawal symptoms to last for about one week. A detox cycle will also last that same length. If you experience severe withdrawal and are unable to complete a detox cycle due to symptom intensity, then we suggest seeking professional help.

Can I Take a Supplement to Speed Up the Process?

A liver cleanse or any other type of detox may include a supplement as an aid. A product like Digestive Refresh helps flush out waste long stored in and around the organ. We recommend the supplement as part of a liver or colon flush. Suggested use is seven to 30 days, which is on par with the length of a typical detox program. You may also take it daily as a preventive measure.

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We can’t say for certain whether supplementation speeds up the detox process, but many users have reported more pronounced results compared to a detox alone.

Remember that Digestive Refresh and other detox supplements are just dietary companions. During detox cycles, you still need to refrain from the heavily processed foods that caused toxic buildup in the first place. This also includes alcohol. There is no supplement that is so effective that it keeps your colon cleansed even while you continue to binge on the booze and dine at greasy spoons.

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How Long Does It Take to Detox Your Liver? It Depends

General detox cycles last seven days, though that is by no means an ironclad number as we have pointed out. Only you can gauge how effective a detox is based on how you feel. If you’re in decent health, then you should feel a difference within a seven-day timeframe, especially if you use a natural supplement as a secondary aid. However, be prepared for a longer cycle if you know you haven’t been living the healthiest lifestyle.


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