Always listen to your liver. Health symptoms are the way your liver is talking to you.
Your liver is the largest internal organ in your body, and it holds more blood than your heart. A threat to your liver means a threat to your overall health. When your liver is sick, your body will be, too.
Your liver is its own complex system. It performs a wide variety of vital life functions. Your liver removes toxins and waste from your blood at the same time it releases nutrients into your blood.
At this very moment, your liver is converting nutrients from your diet into chemicals that your body can use, and store for future use. Your liver is regulating the composition of your blood by providing a doorway into your bloodstream.
What an organ! You’ve gotta love your liver!
What Harms Your Liver
Modern living can overload your liver with toxins, and that’s an understatement!
Chemical pollutants in the environment and chemicals in your FOOD, poor dietary habits, pesticides, artificial hormones in both medications and in processed meats, and stress all affect your liver.
This can result in a poorly functioning and highly congested liver, which in turn, results in fatigue, loss of appetite, skin problems, blood problems, high cholesterol, and a weakened immune system.
If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, try cleansing your liver before you commit to lifelong medications.
Be good to your liver.
- Detox your liver by doing a periodic liver cleanse.
- Eat whole foods;
- Drink lots of spring water and pure liquids that do not have man-made chemicals added;
- Supplement your diet with key nutrients (such as Dong Quai, vitamin B3, and dandelion) that aid liver health.
Taking care of your liver can regenerate your liver tissue, protect your liver from free radical damage, reduce liver congestion (which supports other organs directly linked to your liver, like your gall bladder), and this improves your immune function.
Healthy Liver Supplements
- Amino acids are very important in neutralizing toxins in your liver, and they are important in the detoxification process, too. Aminos have been found to reduce toxins to harmless substances and assist in their removal from the body.
- Some amino acids are key components in the formation of bile acids, which are required for the removal of toxins, fats, and metabolites. Don’t forget that amino acids should be consumed in a group, specifically a minimum of eight, and are found in meats, dairy, nuts and lentils.
- Many herbs promote liver health, such as chicory root, yarrow flower, milk thistle (silymarin),and senna extract. These herbs suppress oxidative degradation and enhance detoxifying enzymes.
- The natural compound calcium D-glucarate, found in many fruits and vegetables, has been shown to support the liver’s natural detoxification mechanism called glucuronidation.
- Calcium D-glucarate removes various carcinogens from the liver such as hormones, xenobiotics, the toxins in diet sweeteners, and fat-soluble toxins. When the liver is overly exposed to these types of toxins, a dangerous enzyme called beta-glucuronidase forms in the body, and this reverses the glucuronidation process and releases toxins (carcinogens) back into the bloodstream. Calcium D- glucarate has been shown to inhibit beta-glucuronidase activity.
- The dandelion has long been recognized as a liver tonic because it promotes detoxification and reduces liver congestion. Dandelion relieves liver stagnation from hepatitis, jaundice, and gallstones by stimulating the output of bile.
- Dong Quai strengthens the liver by improving oxygen utilization. It has been shown to increase the activity of enzymes in the liver and to protect it from damage from pain relievers such as acetaminophen, found in Tylenol®.
- Lecithin has the ability to make fatty substances more water-soluble, and this helps the liver process fats by efficiently transporting them in and out of the liver. The liver’s cell membranes are composed of lecithin, and these membranes regulate the passage of nutrients in and out. Not only does this enhance resistance to infections, but it also assists in the elimination of cholesterol and other blood fats.
- Milk thistle is the most researched herb used for liver health. Acting as an antioxidant, silymarin is the flavonoid found in milk thistle, and it protects the liver from damage by increasing the synthesis of amino acids and the rate of liver regeneration.
- Slippery Elm produces a protective lining for inflamed and ulcerated mucosal surfaces common in people who suffer from toxic livers and from abnormal bile production, gastritis, and stomach ulcers.
- Zinc deficiency has been connected to liver disease. Enzymes in the liver necessary for the metabolism of alcohol are dependent on zinc. Zinc has also been shown to reduce levels of immunoregulatory protein associated with inflammatory reactions in the liver.
If your liver is telling you that it’s getting sick, I recommend removing all food chemicals from your diet, particularly the diet sweeteners and most food preservatives.
You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if this is relieving stress on your liver.
Limit your alcohol consumption, and make sure to eat a balanced daily diet with ample protein. Eat more meals made at home than eating out, eat smaller portions of food more often throughout the day, and avoid eating a large meal after 6:00 PM.
This is the best way to be good to your liver, and when your liver needs a nutrient adjustment – believe me, you liver will let you know.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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