The liver is the first defense organ against toxins. It functions as a filter and prevents toxins in food to pass into the blood stream. If the toxins are not flushed from the body, they will create toxic environment, which is perfect for all carcinogenic cells. If the liver isn’t functioning properly and becomes sluggish, the toxins will remain in our organism, stored in the fatty tissues until your liver becomes healthy again and it can flush them out of the body. Apart from this important function, the liver also helps in the digestion process and it also stores nutrients, vitamins and minerals for the organism.
Some of the warning signs, which may indicate that your liver isn’t functioning properly are:
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety and depression
- Improper digestion
- Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Acne and other skin conditions
- Gases, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation
- Hormonal imbalance
- Increased weight
People that find it difficult to lose weight, even though they exercise regularly and eat healthy food, may be because of liver problems.
What you should do to improve the liver’s function?
The main thing is a healthy diet and some lifestyle changes you need to make, which are affecting the liver’s function.
Here are some specific tips that will help you improve the liver’s health:
- Drink enough water;
- Avoid processed foods and try to eat organic foods, which don’t contain too much sodium or other toxic substances;
- Go on a balances diet that includes whole foods, animal and plant protein, grains, fermented foods, healthy fats, nuts and seeds;
- Do not use inflammatory vegetable oils, such as: canola, corn, soybeans, vegetable oil cottonseed, safflower or sunflower;
- Consume healthy fats;
- Do not use refined sugars in your diet;
- Eat plenty of dietary fiber: whole foods, chia seeds, artichokes, avocados, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, etc.;
- Reduce the fructose consumption to 20 g per day;
- Try to eat more green leafy vegetables, because they contain high amounts of magnesium, folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin B;
- Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption;
- You should include sources of animal and vegetable amino acids: chicken, eggs, raw spinach, parsley, cabbage, beets, etc.;
- Consume foods that contain sulfur, such as: eggs, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, onion, asparagus, kale.
The following 3 ingredients are also very useful and beneficial for your liver:
The high fiber and antioxidant properties of artichokes protect and support the liver function.
Turmeric is very helpful and effective in protecting the liver, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Milk Thistle
This medicinal herb contains high amounts of antioxidants, and it can contain antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties, which can protect the liver from damage caused by viruses, toxins or alcohol.
The liver has a crucial role for your health in general. Take good care of it and keep it healthy by eating the right foods and improving your lifestyle.
Source: My Ilife Style