Loving Your Liver

June 2020 - Health & Wellness

The liver is a marvel!

Vitally important, our largest internal organ is a tireless workhorse that governs the removal of toxins from the body. Detoxification is the name of its number one game.

The liver is a multi-tasker and a brilliant communicator.

It chats with your digestive system, for example, to sort out the body’s state of affairs regarding its load of dietary nutrients versus toxic substances like prescriptive medications, heavy metals and other anti-nutrients threatening the immune system. The liver then gets to work, converting toxins into harmless material that can be safely released from the body.

It also takes on the role of major metabolizer, processing the macros – protein, fat, carbohydrates – and nabbing their nutrients for the body to use.

What a job description!

The liver’s role within your body’s business is complex and demanding. The list of job duties covers the gambit: from proper metabolism to healthy circulation to balanced hormones to clean blood to strong digestion. And in order for your liver to successfully achieve these tasks, it is your responsibility to offer support. That is, you must deliver to your liver!

How so?

Give your liver a hug with supplements.

Here are 3 top supplements you may wish to consider to jump-start a sluggish liver and best support ongoing, healthy detoxification:

  1. Milk Thistle – one of the most-researched, most-promising natural remedies to bolster your liver function. The antioxidant silymarin is dominant in milk thistle, and helps prevent the depletion of glutathione in the liver (a good thing!) and works against liver disease. Take as a capsule or tea.
  2. Dandelion Root – a natural diuretic to support optimal liver function. Dandelion root helps balance fluid levels and boosts the liver’s efforts to eliminate toxins, thus strengthening the immune system, balancing blood sugar and improving digestion. Take as tea.
  3. Chlorella – algae that acts as a powerful chelator, meaning it binds to and removes heavy metals and other toxins that tax your liver. Chlorella is a nutrient-dense ally, also providing vitamin C, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. Source a reputable brand and take in powder form (add to smoothies) or chewable tablets.

And always be kind to your liver with food.

Love your liver by focusing your diet on anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich whole foods. Eat a low-sugar, high-fiber diet with quality fats and proteins, steer away from heavily-processed

fare, and minimize alcohol intake.

Opt for liver-friendly foods like almonds, berries, dandelion greens, probiotic-rich ferments like raw sauerkraut and kimchi, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. Boost glutathione levels with avocado and asparagus. Drink green tea and lots of water.

What will you do to reduce your liver’s workload and enjoy improved overall health?

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