Liver has many vital functions. Some of the more well-known function is production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion. In other words that means that liver is removing toxins from your body. Toxins will get stored in your body, if your liver has problem with removing them, leading to joint pain, fatigue, anxiety etc.
How does the liver deal with toxins?
The liver detoxifies harmful substances in two steps. The first step uses enzymes and oxygen to burn toxins, especially fatty ones, so they are more water soluble, making them easier for the body to eliminate. The second detox step combines partially processed toxins with sulfur or amino acids so they can be removed through bile or urine.
Even if you are following healthy lifestyle, like drinking pure water, regular exercise, use of toxin-free personal care and cleaning products, you are not completely safe, because everyone are exposed to toxins from the environment (air, soil, factories, plastics). But you sure have lower chance of having health problems.
Like me mentioned above, the liver is removing toxins from our body, so when it has problem with doing that, then the liver becomes sluggish.
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night for no reason at all? Or are you ever moody and feeling like your skin is dry and irritated? Does your big right toe bother you? If you experienced one of this symptoms, then your liver is trying to warn you about something.
There are many symptoms of a stressed out liver, but you can improve your liver functions, by taking holistic approaches and preventative steps.
-Brain fog/lethargy/feeling drained
-Dull headaches improved with rest or headaches/migraines behind eyes
-Chronic joint or muscle pain
-Trouble digesting fats
-Gall bladder removed
-Acne or skin conditions
-Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea
-Anxiety and depression
-Chronic stinky breath
-Unexplained weight gain
Tips for the kitchen:
The key in the kitchen is balance. You don’t need to eliminate entirely some meals that you like eating and they are not healthy at all. You just need to balance them. Our health is connected with the kitchen.
Follow this steps in order to get you in the right track for having the perfect lifestyle:
-Avoid GMO, buy organic
-Balanced diet which consists of whole foods, high quality animal and plant proteins, fermented foods, raw nuts and seeds etc.
-Inflammatory oils should be eliminated (soybean, corn, cottonseed, vegetable oil, canola, sunflower)
-Drinking a lot pure water
-Increasing consumption of healthy healing fats( coconut oil, hemp, avocado, grass-fed butter, sustainable red palm oil )
-Consuming enough fibre-which is 35g daily minimum ( chia seeds, golden flax seeds, avocado, artichokes, broccoli etc. )
-Eliminating refined sugar ( brown/white sugar, cane juice, cane sugar, beet sugar )
-Restricting fructose consumption to 20-25g daily ( high glycemic/fructose fruits, agave, high fructose corn syrup etc. )
-Increasing leafy green vegetable consumption
-Include animal-based and plant-based sources for amino acids ( pasture-raised chicken and & eggs, raw spinach, parsley, cabbage, beets, bone broth, collagen etc. )
-Limit or eliminate alcohol
3 herbs that will keep your liver healthy
1. Globe artichoke– member of the thistle family. It can be used in your diet. It can be prepared by removing all but 5-10mm or so of the stem. To remove thorns, which may interfere with eating, around a quarter of each scale can be cut off. It can be prepared boiled or steamed. It will increase bile production. Also they have high fibre content, which will promote flushing out bile and reducing LDL cholesterol.
2. Turmeric – member of the ginger family. It has active ingredient called curcumin, which is assisting the enzymes which are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens.
With this you have very good protection for your liver.
3. Milk thistle – member of the same family as artichoke. The best and the most suggested herb for liver health. It has anti-fibrotic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This means the liver is protected from damage that can be caused by viruses, alcohol, drugs and toxins.
Except the function to eliminate toxins from our body, liver has hundreds of other functions. Those include: storing and releasing glucose as needed, clearing the blood of drugs, regulating blood clotting, clearance of bilirubin, production of certain proteins for blood plasma etc. Now do you understand how much the liver is important for your body? Follow the tips above to prevent any damage to it because now you understand the importance of the liver.