Our liver is what helps get rid of all the toxins in the environment we breathe and absorb in our body as well as the toxic things we consume. When too many toxins build up in our body, it can put a lot of stress on the liver causing it to become sluggish, inflamed, and in some cases a fatty liver. We need good liver function to get rid of harmful substances and keeping our body clean of things it doesn’t need.
You can’t do a “liver detox” as such, as the liver is always detoxifying every minute of every day. What you can do though is improve its function and efficiency by supporting the specific detoxification pathways, while reducing the load and stress you put on it.
The liver also plays a big role in hormone imbalances. With the increased hormones in a lot of foods and products we use, the liver takes that function of metabolizing that excess. But, if the liver is over burdened, it may not be doing this function properly allowing an excess build up of hormones in the body.
Some symptoms you may experience with liver dysfunction are:
-Feeling sluggish, tired and fatigued constantly
-High hormone levels, PMS
-Blood sugar issues
-Feeling nauseas after fatty meals
-Intolerant to strong smells such as perfumes
-Pain in the right side of your stomach
-Skin breakouts; acne, rashes
Tips to support liver detoxification:
Remove foods that are harmful to your liver like refined and processed foods, refined sugar, soft drinks, cakes, white breads and baked goods.
Substitute poor quality fats and oils like canola oil, corn oil, margarine and trans fats for good quality fats such as olive oil, avocado, walnuts and other nuts and seeds.
Decrease animal products, especially red meat and processed meats.
Eliminate or greatly reduce alcohol.
Add foods into your diet to support liver function like fresh fruits and vegetables, a big cup of warm lemon water and foods like beetroot, turmeric, onion, garlic, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables, legumes, grapefruit, and lemon.
Some herbs to help support liver function are Milk thistle. It is the best herb to restore liver cells. The liver is the organ that can easily regenerate itself. Milk Thistle stimulates detoxification as its balancing for both phases of detoxification. It also helps the liver to deal with fat better. Research shows Milk Thistle is effective in treating fatty liver disease. It’s a potent antioxidant so protects the liver from harmful free radicals and chemicals.
Also Dandelion Root. Traditionally Dandelion root is used to clear a sluggish or congested liver. In modern medicine, it’s been shown to increase bile flow. Increased bile flow supports the removal of the packaged toxins through phase 2 to be eliminated from the body more efficiently. Increased bile flow also assists in strengthening digestive function and helps to relieve constipation.
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