The liver is a vital organ because it performs more than 400 functions, including the one to filter out the toxins and the waste from the organism. The most important task of the liver is to convert toxins into safe waste and to flush them out ofthe body afterward.
It’s responsible for a significant part of our overall health. But, if you consume a healthy food that is rich in important nutrients, the liver will optimally perform its functions, and will not be overburdened. On the other hand if the food you consume is not healthy, as a result of the accumulated toxins the liver may becomesluggish.
The liver can eliminate the toxins in two phases. The first phase is using enzymes in order to turn the lipid-soluble toxins into less damaging compounds that further can be detoxified in the second phase.
The phase number two includes pairing of the toxins with some other molecules that boost their water-solubility, in order to be safely eliminated from the body.
Even if you have healthylifestyle and consume healthy food, you also need to use personal care and cleaning products that do not contain toxins. Specifically, there are also lots of toxins in our environment, in the soil, water, air, plastics, factories and so on.
As mentioned before, when the liver become sluggish, the toxins have difficulty to leave the body, and as they are lipid- soluble, they get stored in the fat tissue. This may lead to excessive weight.
Therefore, it’s critical to stimulate the function of the liver through following a holistic approach. Hence, you should know the symptoms that indicate that your liver has become sluggish and that it needs detoxification:
- Hormonal imbalances;
- Pessimistic emotions;
- Lethargy/brain fog/feeling drained;
- Headaches behind the eyes/ dull headaches relieved with rest/migraines;
- Chronic muscle or joint pain;
- Weight gain without any evident reason;
- Excessive perspiration;
- Chronic fatigue;
- Chronic bad breath;
- Abdominal pain, constipation, gases, bloating, diarrhea;
- Issues digesting fats;
- Chemical sensitivities;
- Gall bladder removed;
- Depression and anxiety;
- Acne or skin disorders.
If you have any of this symptoms, you need to help your body to solve the problem and stimulate the liver to function properly and eliminate the dangerous toxins, as follows:
- Avoid refined sugar;
- Eat a balanced diet;
- Eliminate GMO products and buy only organic foods;
- Avoid inflammatory oils;
- Eat animal-based and plant-based sources of amino acids;
- Reduce the consumption of fructose (20-25 gr. per day);
- Increase the consumption of green leafy vegetables;
- Use food sources of sulfur;
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol;
- Consume enough fiber;
- Increase the consumption of healthy fats;
- Drink sufficient amounts of pure water.
Furthermore, these three natural products are the best ones that you can use to restore the proper function of your liver:
1.Turmeric – Curcumin, its active ingredient, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has many health beneficial properties, such as it helps the enzymes responsible for the elimination of the dietary carcinogens. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities, it also protects the liver from damaging, and regenerates the affected cells. Note that if you want to boost its absorption, you need to combine it with black pepper.
2.Milk thistle –The active component of milk thistle has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fibrotic and anti-viral properties. It prevents liver damage caused by toxins, viruses, alcohol and drugs.
3.Globe artichoke –Because it’s high in fiber, it protects and enhances the liver activity and boosts the production ofbile. It decreases LDL cholesterol and it helps the elimination of bile.