As I'm getting ready to start a 10 day liver cleanse, I thought I would blog about it. But first I wanted to give you some understanding of why its so important to pay special attention to the function of our liver.
Your liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ. It processes anything you eat or drink, and either repackages it for your body to use or eliminates it. The liver also stores vitamins and helps detoxify your body. That’s why it’s so important to keep your liver in tip-top shape!
When the liver isn’t functioning properly, your body is likely not absorbing, storing, or utilizing all the nutrients from your food, which can result in bloating, constipation, low energy, and stubborn weight loss.
Without a healthy liver, it’s nearly impossible to have a properly functioning metabolism, healthy circulation, balanced hormones, and strong digestion.
The good news is: a good liver support supplement can help get your liver into shape so you can start feeling healthy again. First, let’s go over some liver hazards:
What Can Cause Liver Damage?
Alcohol: This is the most well-known liver toxin. Alcohol creates a toxin called acetaldehyde and it’s your liver’s job to flush it out of your system. Alcoholic fatty liver is the earliest stage of much more serious liver damage.
Sugar: Too much refined sugar can lead to fatty tissue buildup in the liver, which can lead to liver disease even if you’re not overweight. Some studies show sugar is just as damaging as alcohol.
Soft Drinks: These are packed with sugar and can cause damage in the long-term.
Being Overweight: Extra pounds can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Fat buildup in your liver can harden, swell, and turn into scar tissue.
Acetaminophen: Those popular over-the-counter painkillers with acetaminophen are very toxic to the liver. Be sure to stay within the daily limits, and do not combine them with alcohol.
Prescription Medications: Almost all oral medications must pass through the liver, and some can cause liver damage in the process.
Hepatitis & Other Viruses: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis E can create serious problems for the liver.
How Do I Get My Liver Healthy Again?
Because the liver is such a huge part of the digestive system, a healthy liver benefits almost every aspect of your health. A healthy, well-functioning liver can help you experience:
Regular Hormone Cycles
Stronger Immune System
Better Oral Health
How do you improve your liver health?
Well, the first step is cutting out things like sugary drinks and processed foods. Then, losing weight can help get rid of any excess fat in the liver. After that, it’s refining your diet and eating more fruits and vegetables, preferably organic ones that aren’t exposed to liver toxins like pesticides…
This process can be expensive and time consuming, so for those who want to boost their liver health without rearranging their lives, there are some incredible natural supplements that boost liver health and help you detoxify your body fast. The question is...
“Are There Any Natural Liver Support Remedies that Actually Work?”
With any health condition, there will inevitably be a line of natural remedies created to help alleviate symptoms and build a path towards remission and health. Judging by the number of customers these companies have year after year, the volume of verified testimonials, and the support some of their ingredients have from the medical community, they must be doing something right.
These natural remedies are often used in order to avoid the cost, inconvenience, and side effects of prescription drugs and invasive treatments. Among so many choices, the question is…
“How Do You Separate the Good Products From the Junk?”
I have a passion for natural health and I have found out through my studies that I have suffered from liver complications myself. That’s why I wanted to give you some input in the importance of just regularly giving your liver maintenance protocol for optimal functional health.
1. Milk Thistle:
One of the oldest and best studied liver support herbs, Milk Thistle has studied benefits for all types of liver problems. It helps those with alcoholic liver disease, acute and chronic hepatitis, and liver disease caused by toxins. It also has an anti-fibrotic effect, which means it helps prevent liver scarring. Needless to say, this is an essential ingredient.
One of the liver’s primary functions is to create bile, which helps the body break down foods and filter and detoxify blood. The nutrients in dandelions help stimulate bile production and cleanse the liver to keep everything moving smoothly. And when everything’s moving smoothly, you get better, more complete digestion. Dandelion contains potassium, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium.
Chanca Piedra translates to ‘Stone Breaker’, and it’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help get rid of kidney stones. Guess what? Some preliminary studies show it may do just that. Another study shows that Chanca Piedra has a special protein that helps protect the liver from oxidative stress. This promising antioxidant also stimulates bile production and may have additional benefits for the kidneys. When it comes to digestive health, Chanca Piedra is extremely important.
Artichoke’s have incredible benefits for the digestive system. In fact, German doctors have recommended artichoke for indigestion and upset stomach for ages. Its liver benefits may be due to a substance called cynarin - contained in the artichoke - that helps increase the production of bile to speed up the movement of food and waste. In a recent study of 247 individuals, 86% of them reported that artichoke provided a satisfactory improvement in symptoms like bloating and flatulence.
5. Liquid Formulas:
I have a heavy favoritism to liquid extracts, and its not because I don't like pills! Studies show the body uses 98% of the liquid extract compared to only about 39-53% of a capsule or tablet, meaning the remainder of those ingredients and the money spent on them are just flushed down the toilet. Furthermore, capsules have to travel through the stomach and liver before their ingredients are even available to the body, while 87% of the liquid extract is absorbed in the first 20-30 seconds.
There are tons and tons of liver support supplements out there, and unfortunately, most seem to be merely copycats of other liver support formulas, as if they’re all buying the same product from one pill manufacturer and slapping on a different label and price.