The liver is one of the most important organs and it works hard constantly, so it can enable the detoxification of the human body.
Basically, the liver creates waste which is later flushed from the body through urine. Moreover, besides this, the liver also does more than 400 bodily functions, like nutrients processing, drugs and alcohol break down, fat digestion and it also keeps important nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
How is waste created?
It is usually done in 2 phases.
The first one is the transformation of the toxic substances into less toxic ones. This process is done with the help of enzymes.
Phase number two happens when the liver combines other molecules with toxic substances and makes the water-soluble. Once they are soluble, they can be eliminated from the body.
Support your liver!
Even if you try to lead a healthy life and stay away from fatty foods you’re still exposed to different toxins. These are actually environmental toxins which come from outside factors such as water, air, polluting factories, plastics and soil.
Is your liver lazy?
This means that your liver is sluggish and it doesn’t eliminate the toxins from your body as it should. When this is not done, they actually stay in the body and are stored as fat. Once the liver is up and running then, these toxins are eliminated. If you don’t have a properly functioning liver, you won’t be able to lose weight, besides all of the exercising and healthy food.
There are several symptoms which can tell you if you have a lazy liver. Also, there are some holistic approaches and measures which can be taken preventively and can stimulate the liver function.
Sluggish liver symptoms:
- Problems with fat digestion
- Excessive weight gain
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Anxiety and depression
- Skin conditions and acne
- Hormonal imbalance
- Constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea
We are what we eat and health comes primarily from the food we consume. This is why it is very important to have healthy eating habits and to reduce the consumption of processed food, which is not healthy for you. There are some things you can do, to make sure you eat healthy:
- Avoid GMO and eat organic food
- Eat protein and whole foods, seeds and nuts
- Consume more fiber (chia seeds, avocado, flax seeds, broccoli)
- Eat healthy fats such as palm oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter and hem.
- Don’t eat refined sugar
- Eat more leafy veggies, which have a lot of vitamin B and C, folate and magnesium
- Eat less fructose
- Get the amino acids from beets, collage, chicken and eggs, spinach and raw parsley
- Get sulfur from Brussels sprouts, onions, kale and broccoli
- Eliminate alcohol
3 top foods for your liver
Curcumin, as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound, has a lot of great benefits. It works on the prevention of liver damage, and it also regenerates already damaged liver cells.
- Globe artichoke
This veggie lowers the LDL cholesterol and it improves and protects the function of the liver.
- Milk Thistle
Silymarin has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-fibrotic characteristics. It helps regenerate the liver from drugs, alcohol and virus damage.