The liver is a vital organ and it constantly works hard in order to eliminate waste and toxins from the body. The liver’s main function is to convert toxins into waste, which can then be eliminated through the urine.
Moreover, the liver is responsible for more than 400 functions in the body, including digesting fats, processing nutrients, storing essential minerals and vitamins, and breaking down alcohol and drugs, to name a few.
If the body lacks some of the essential nutrients, the liver may become sluggish.
The Liver Deals with Toxins in This Way
The liver performs detoxification in two phases.
The first phase of liver detoxification is when the liver with the help of enzymes transforms the toxins, which are poisonous substances that damage the cells, into substances which are less harmful.
The second phase of liver detoxification is when the liver pairs the toxins with other molecules so as to make them more water-soluble. Then the toxins can be safely eliminated from the body.
Proactive Liver Support
Even though there are some people who maintain a healthy lifestyle, they drink pure water, eat organic foods, use toxin-free cleaning and personal care products, they are still exposed to toxins. Those toxins are from the environment, like factories, cars, water, soil, air, plastics, and these factors cannot be controlled.
Is Your Liver Sluggish?
Once the liver becomes sluggish, the toxins remain in the body and they get stored as fat tissue. These toxins remain in the body until the liver starts functioning properly again, and eliminates them from the body. This can make it impossible for you to lose weight even if you are doing exercise and eating a healthy diet.
There are a number of warning signs of stressed liver, but taking some preventive steps and holistic approaches can help you boost the liver function and improve overall health.
Some of the symptoms of sluggish liver are:
- Negative emotions
- Chronic fatigue
- Migraines/headaches behind the eyes
- Dull headaches improved with sleep
- Feeling drained/Lethargy/Brain Fog
- Chronic Muscle or Joint Pain
- Difficulty digesting fats
- Excessive perspiration
- Removed gall bladder
- Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, gas
- Skin conditions or acne
- Depression and anxiety
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic stinky breath
- Sudden weight gain
- Chemical sensitivities
Advice for the Kitchen
The kitchen is the place where your health begins. You can create a healthy body by healing habits and meals. You do not need to eliminate, restrict or diet completely, just balance.
What you need to do first is eliminate or reduce the intake of processed foods and some foods which are labeled healthy, but are not, and instead start consuming healthy foods.
In order to eat healthy foods, you need to:
- Avoid GMO and purchase organic foods
- Make sure that you diet is balanced and consists of high quality plant and animal proteins, whole foods, sprouted ancient grains, healing fats, fermented foods, seeds and raw nuts.
- Stay away from inflammatory oils like corn, canola, soybean, cottonseeds, vegetable oil, sunflower, safflower
- Make sure to drink plenty of pure water
- Consume more healthy healing fats like sustainable red palm oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, hem and avocado
- Consume at least 35g of fiber a day. It needs to come from whole foods like artichokes, chia seeds, avocado, golden flax seeds, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
- Stay away from refined sugars like cane sugar, white/brown sugar, cane juice, beet sugar and cane juice crystals
- Do not consume more than 20-25g of fructose per day.
- Eat more leafy green vegetables since they are rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, folate and magnesium
- Incorporate Plant-based and Animal-based sources for Amino Acids like collagen, bone broth, pasture-raised eggs and chicken, parsley, raw spinach, beets and cabbage.
- Get sulfur from food sources like broccoli, pasture-raised eggs, garlic, Brussels sprouts, kale, asparagus and onions.
- Eliminate or reduce alcohol consumption.
The Powerful Threesome for the Liver
Globe artichoke comes from the thistle family and it is excellent for protecting the liver and improving its function. Moreover, it increases bile production, and reduces the LDL cholesterol. Artichokes contain more oxidants than broccoli, asparagus and raw garlic even when cooked.
Turmeric’s active ingredients, curcumin has a number of benefits. It protects the liver from damage and also regenerates damaged liver cells thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric should be paired with black pepper and healthy fats for optimal absorption.
This is by far the best herb for liver protection. Milk thistle’s active compound, siymarin has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-fibrotic properties. It protects the liver from damage caused by toxins, viruses, drugs and alcohol.
The liver is very important and you must do everything to protect and support its function.