Reverse Liver Damage: 3 Tips to Detox From Pain Medication Side Effects

Angela Watson Robertson
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Angela Watson Robertson Nutrition

Reverse Liver Damage Caused by Pain Medication & Toxins

If you’ve had joint pain or chronic pain, it’s likely you’ve used prescription and over-the-counter pain medications to find relief over the years. After years of use, you may have been told that prolonged or overuse of these pain medications, supplements, or prescriptions have now damaged your liver. According to Mayo Clinic, this is a possible reality for so many dealing with pain since too many pain management therapies can lead to liver problems. 

Why is having a healthy liver important?

Your liver is the organ in your body responsible for filtering out toxins. These toxins can come from pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals in our water, air, and food, or from the excessive use of medications and supplement or alcohol consumptions to name a few.

It’s impossible to prevent all toxins from entering your body, so the liver’s job is very important. Exploring holistic and natural treatments to supplement your pain management options can possibly help reduce the amount of pain medication you use, which will reduce the negative effects on your liver. 

Luckily, your liver is the only organ in your body that has the ability to regenerate itself- so there are things you can do to help your liver heal and prevent your liver from becoming extremely damaged in the first place.

3 Steps to Detox Your Liver

  1. Hydrate first thing in the morning (and throughout the day
    When you first wake up in the morning it’s important to hydrate your body and liver right away. Your liver has been cleansing itself while you sleep, and it is thirsty from all of its hard work.

    For a healthy, immune-system boost, squeeze half of a lemon in 16oz of water as chemicals in lemon have antioxidant properties that can also help protect the body from disease.

  2. Reduce your overall fat intake
    A small research study found that even one high-fat meal can harm your liver. Your liver gets overloaded if it’s asked to process too much fat all day long, and it needs a break. A diet too high in fat can lead to fatty liver disease over time.

    One way to reduce your overall fat intake is to work your way toward a more vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based way of eating. Even if you keep animal protein and dairy in your diet, but you reduce it to just once per day, you’ll see improvement in overall liver health. If you must eat animal meat, focus on lean meats like salmon, chicken, and turkey, but keep pork and beef to a minimum.

    Regardless of if you cut out meat from your diet, avoid greasy foods, processed foods, and sugar. Instead focus your diet around vegetables and fruits, such as:

    Recommended Vegetables
    Green leafy vegetables
    Sweet potatoes

    Recommended Fruits

    I recommend that clients have a fruit and greens smoothie each morning for breakfast and a large salad with healthy plant-based fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, beans) and vegetables for lunch each day. Then, keep your dairy or meat consumption to dinner, if at all.

    It’s also helpful to keep your alcohol and caffeine consumption low to protect your liver.

  3. Try celery juice
    Although drinking celery juice is really trendy right now, the benefits of celery have been known for a long time. We do know that celery is rich in Vitamin C and K, folate, potassium, and antioxidants, and studies have suggested it may help reduce inflammation and improve high blood pressure. We don’t yet know if drinking celery juice can be attributed to improving the liver, but many of my clients (and myself) have experienced improved digestion and elimination, as well as improved liver enzyme levels on lab tests after drinking 16 oz of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach for at least 2 weeks. 

Angela Watson Robertson
Written by
Angela Watson Robertson Nutrition

Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, CIHC, INHC is a well-known nutrition and wellness blogger and board-certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who teaches you how to reinvent your life starting with the food you eat. She specializes in helping women 35+ thrive despite chronic pain and illness, endometriosis, perimenopause, and anxiety. Learn more about her at and connect with her on Instagram @6foothealthcoach.

This article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice from your physician or health provider for your specific needs.

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