Our liver, a vital organ is working hard everyday to filter out toxins and waste from the body, as well as conducting hundreds of other functions. Your liver’s primary action is to convert toxins into a safe waste that can be excreted from the body through the means of elimination (in the form of urine and your #2’s).
Liver has over 400 functions in the body, from storing essential vitamins and minerals like iron, digesting fats with it’s pal the gallbladder, processing nutrients that have been absorbed in the intestines and breaking down drugs and alcohols. I’m sure you can already see, with only naming a few functions the importance of it’s role in your health.
We wouldn’t want to burden our liver, yet if we are not providing the body with the right nutrients our hardworking friend becomes sluggish and backed up with loads of toxic work.
How The Liver Deals with Toxic Substances
The liver has two pathways for detoxification:
Toxins, a poisonous substance that cause damage to cells are taken on by Phase 1 of Liver Detoxification, which involves using enzymes to transform these lipid-soluble toxins into less harmful substances that Phase 2 can now handle.
Phase 2 of Liver Detoxification involves pairing these toxins with other molecules that increase their water-solubility so they can be safely removed from the body through the means of elimination.
Efforts in Proactive Liver Support are for Everyone
Even for those who make a concentrated effort to follow a healthy lifestyle which revolves around organics, regular exercise, use of toxin-free personal care , pure water, and cleaning products.. We are still exposed to toxins from our environment (cars, factories, plastics, air, soil, water, ) and these factors, while we cannot control them – affect us!
Is Your Liver Feeling Sluggish
Toxins are no longer able to leave the body when the liver becomes sluggish and are instead stored in fat tissue (since they are lipid-soluble) and they will hang out there until liver function improves and they can be safely eliminated. This can be a huge factor as to why you aren’t shedding extra weight even with exercise and a healthy diet.
There is a variety of tell-tale symptoms of a stressed out liver, regardless of the degree of your symptoms, by taking holistic approaches and preventative steps you have the ability to improve your quality of life (because you deserve to feel good) and improve your liver function.
Don’t stop reading if you experience the following symptoms– there are some tips to follow for improving liver function which I encourage you to practice in your daily routine.
- Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea, Bloating, Abdominal Pain,
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Depression and Anxiety
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Chronic Fatigue
- Negative Emotions
- Feeling Drained/Brain Fog/Lethargy/
- Migraines Behind Eyes/Dull Headaches Improved with Rest or Headaches/
- Chronic Joint or Muscle Pain
- Excessive Perspiration
- Trouble Digesting Fats
- Gall Bladder Removed
- Skin Conditions or Acne
- Chronic Stinky Breath
- Unexplained Weight Gain
Tips for the Kitchen (where the magic happens)
In the kitchen, your health begins you cannot expect your body to thrive on supplements alone. Through healing meals and habits we need to create a healthy body. You don’t need to diet, restrict or eliminate entirely – the key here is balance.
First begin by eliminating your exposure to fraudulent “health” foods (starch products, aka “gluten-free” high sugar)and processed foods and switch to healthy substitutions, if you’re craving a brownie, give a black bean brownie, made with cacao and coconut sugar a tryrefined sugar “traditional” version instead of reaching for the white flour. Make your meals with high-quality ingredients at home, instead of dining out.
Focus on the following steps to get on the right track of eating healthy:
- Avoid GMO and Shop Clean using the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15, Buy Organic
- Consume a balanced diet which consists of whole foods, high quality animal and plant proteins, fermented foods, healing fats, raw nuts , sprouted ancient grains and seeds
- Eliminate inflammatory oils: canola, corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, vegetable oil, cottonseed
- Drink Enough Pure Water: If this is The amount of water you should be drinking in ounces (150lbs = 75oz) is when you take your weight in pounds, and divide it in half . Source out your best pure accessible water, whether it be reverse osmosis (remineralized) or self harvested spring water.
- Increase consumption of healthy healing fats: coconut oil, avocado, hemp, sustainable red palm oil, ghee, grass-fed butter,
- Get in enough fibre: 35g daily minimum – coming from whole food sources such as artichokes, golden flax seeds, avocado, broccoli , chia seeds, and brussels sprouts
- Eliminate refined sugars: brown/white sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, cane juice crystals
- Restrict fructose Consumption to 20g – 25g Per Day: agave, high glycemic/fructose fruits, glucose-fructose (high fructose corn syrup)
- Increase Leafy Green Vegetable Consumption: for their magnesium, B-vitamin content, folate, vitamin C
- Include Animal-Based and Plant-Based sources for Amino Acids: collagen, pasture-raised chicken & eggs, bone broth, raw spinach, parsley, cabbage, beets
- Focus on Food Sources of Sulfur: pasture-raised eggs, onions, asparagus, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, garlic
- Limit or Eliminate Alcohol: if you are experiencing 3 or more of the above symptoms find a healthy replacement for this (toxic) habit, such as grape kombucha.
The 3 Superstars for Your Liver
This vegetable is a member of the thistle family. Look up an “artichoke flower”if you want to see something very pretty. This veggie is in the same family as Milk Thistle, with the main difference being that you can include this in your diet! Beneficial properties include supporting and protecting liver function and increasing bile production, their high fibre content also promotes reducing LDL cholesterol and flushing out bile.
Artichokes even when cooked, contain more antioxidant potential than raw asparagus , garlic, and broccoli.Steam your artichokes and pair them with some coconut oil or ghee , Himalayan salt and raw garlic or a liver supporting meal.
This is herb for inflammation. It’s ingredient, curcumin has been linked to many benefits which include assisting the enzymes which are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens! This results in enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
For maximum absorption pair turmeric with a source of healthy fats and black pepper , also look for these two keys for best absorption in a supplement.Take a high quality turmeric/curcumin supplement and give golden milk a try, a beverage with freshly grated turmeric root, black pepper, warming spices, plant milk, coconut oil, .
By far the most suggested herb for liver health, in fact this herb has gotten so much attention in the health food world that I put it third just to give the other superstars a chance. Siymarin, which is the active component in milk thistle has anti-viral, anti-fibrotic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (which explain it’s fame). Milk thistle protects the liver cells from damage which can be caused by viruses, drugs , toxins, alcohol such as acetaminophen.
Take a high-quality milk thistle supplement that is free from GMO, unnecessary fillers and binders . You can also find fermented milk thistle in a liquid form which can be added to a cold-pressed vegetable juice or taken as is.
Your liver does a lot for you, and these are just a few things that you can do to support its function. Be mindful of how you are feeling throughout your day, remember that a symptom is your body telling you that something is wrong and make the appropriate preventative steps.
I recommend cleansing with the change of seasons, as the colon stimulating component of cleansing is of much value to the liver and for your other systems of detoxification. Remain aware and be in control, you can’t live without your liver, so give it some love!
source : theheartysoul.com