How can I reduce the toxins that take a toll on my liver?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

While it's impossible to stay entirely toxin-free throughout your everyday life, that doesn't mean you can't take steps to help reduce the pollution that pummels your body.

Lessen the load for the liver, and you'll benefit from longer living. So what's that mean? Choose charcoal-filtered purified water over unfiltered tap water. Instead of wasting your money on bottled water, fill a glass pitcher with filtered water and add a small piece of cut fruit. No calories. No risks. No toxins for the liver to metabolize.

Also, choose unrefined and unprocessed foods over the ones that spend more times in a factory than in the earth. Choose fruit over sugary cereal. Choose protein like lentils, soy, beans, nuts and seeds over red meats and the accompanying animal fats to avoid consuming the toxins that those animals were exposed to.

And avoid eating any liver of any species that has been exposed to toxins. Your liver-not to mention your heart, your brain, and your waistline-will thank you. Also, have sex-but only protected sex as Hepatitis B and C are transmitted this way.

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