I’m sure you are well aware of your liver’s primary function, turning toxins into waste in the form of urine and feces. But did you know that your liver also has over 400 other bodily functions?
From assisting the gallbladder in breaking down fats, to filtering out drugs and alcohol, to storing essential vitamins and minerals such as iron; the liver really does not get credited as much as it should in the public spotlight.
How the liver rids of harmful toxins
Toxins, which are a poisonous substance that can cause damage to cells are first taken on by:
Phase 1 of Liver Detoxification, this phase 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 battered up toxins with other molecules which increase their water-solubility so they can be safely removed from the body through the means of elimination.
Think your liver may be subject to toxin build-up?
If this is the case then the toxins that your liver cannot process may be getting store in your fat tissue. Were this to happen to you it could be a big factor in why you can’t seem to shed those extra pounds.
This is quite a dilemma but, fortunately, if you are able to free up your liver and restore it to good health these toxins can be properly disposed of.
If you experience the following symptoms, don’t stop reading – there are some tips to follow for improving liver function which I encourage you to practice in your daily routine
- chronic fatigue
- negative emotions
- brain fog/lethargy/feeling drained
- dull headaches improved with rest or headaches/migraines behind eyes
- chronic joint or muscle pain
- excessive perspiration
- trouble digesting fats
- gall bladder removed
- acne or skin conditions
- gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea
- hormonal imbalances
- anxiety and depression
- chemical sensitivities
- chronic stinky breath
- unexplained weight gain
Bolstering liver health
I’m willing to bet you’ve heard the following statement before: you are what you eat.
If you want your liver to function at the highest level possible you cannot rely on vitamins and supplements alone. You must also do your best to steer clear of processed and heavily preserved foods. The rule of thumb I like to follow is “If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the back, you probably shouldn’t be putting it in your vessel”.
- Buy Organic, avoid GMO
- Consume a balanced diet which consists of whole foods, high quality animal and plant proteins, sprouted ancient grains, fermented foods, healing fats, raw nuts and seeds
- Eliminate inflammatory oils: canola, corn, soybean, vegetable oil, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower
- Drink Enough Pure Water: If you take your weight in pounds, and divide it in half, this is the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces (150lbs = 75oz). 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, sustainable red palm oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, avocado, hemp
- Get in enough fibre: 35g daily minimum – coming from whole food sources such as chia seeds, artichokes, golden flax seeds, avocado, broccoli and brussels sprouts
- Eliminate refined sugars: brown/white sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, cane juice crystals, beet sugar
- Restrict fructose Consumption to 20g – 25g Per Day: agave, glucose-fructose (high fructose corn syrup), high glycemic/fructose fruits
- Increase Leafy Green Vegetable Consumption: for their magnesium, folate, vitamin C and B-vitamin content
- Include Animal-Based and Plant-Based sources for Amino Acids: bone broth, collagen, pasture-raised chicken & eggs, raw spinach, parsley, cabbage, beets
- Focus on Food Sources of Sulfur: pasture-raised eggs, broccoli, brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, asparagus, kale
- 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.