A Note to Women

Women may want to avoid the liver cleanse during their menstrual cycle if they hope to see the best results. The liver is working overtime during a woman's period in order to rid the body of excess fluids, and a liver cleanse would only pile more work in the liver's inbox [source: The Natural Path].

Liver Cleaning Benefits

The goal in cleansing your liver is clear: to rid your liver of toxins and leave it healthy and fully functional. By boosting your liver's health, your digestive tract and immune system are said to benefit [source: Morgan]. You may even feel relief from allergies, hepatitis and gall stones all while lowering your cholesterol. Also, the cleanse may regulate blood sugar levels and body fats while increasing the amount of amino acids that reach your cells [source: The Natural Path].

Aside from maintaining your overall health, proponents of the liver cleanse claim it offers relief from fatigue, body aches and nausea. And those who support liver cleanses put a lot of emphasis on the idea that it results in higher levels of energy [source: Hoffman].

But is it really the liver cleanse bringing about all these great health benefits? Some critics suggest it's not a healthier liver that provides all these benefits but the reduction of alcohol, caffeine, fat, refined foods and processed foods [source: Hoffman]. Like many diets, it's not the specific plan you're on that's giving you results, but the act of ridding yourself of unhealthy habits.

Though the benefits sound good, be sure you understand the possible side effects. Nausea, vomiting and illness could result from fasting and the general detoxification process [source: Weight Loss Guide].

Don't try the liver cleanse if you have certain health problems or ailments that might react badly to the process, and remember that fasting isn't a healthy option for all. Keep away from the cleanse if you have any chronic conditions, such as a heart problem, eating disorder, low blood sugar or diabetes [source: Hoffman]. And it's a good idea to check with your physician before embarking on new dietary regimen -- including the liver cleanse.

Read the next page to discover what kinds of foods are appropriate to eat while on the liver cleanse.