The liver is one of the key organs in your body that enables you to remove toxins. Feeling a little sluggish and like you may have over-indulged too much this holiday season? Now is the perfect time to focus on your Liver and supporting your body in removing those toxins from your system. A Liver support & cleanse in the perfect way to start off your year feeling fresher and healthier.
What does the Liver do?
Your liver is the largest organ in the human body. It is also one of the organs that is vital to the health of your body. It’s functions include:
.Metabolising carbohydrates and managing your blood sugar level
.Metabolising proteins and breaking down amino acids
.The metabolism of fats and breaking down cholesterol
.The storage and metabolising of vitamins, especially fat soluble vitamins
.Involved in inactivating hormones and other steroids
.Producing and excreting bile essential in your body’s digestive process
.Helping your body detoxify from drugs, and protecting your inner ecology from disruption by drugs, toxins, pollutants, additives from foods, and any other potentially poisonous and harmful substances
So Your liver is involved in maintaining the health of your Blood, your Endocrine system, your digestive process AND overall metabolism! Phew!
In this day and age this last task (detoxifying) means that your liver is continually under stress to maintain equilibrium and homeostasis.
Did you know there are over 77 thousand chemicals and pesticides that we come into contact with in our environment?!
Liver support & cleanse comes in two parts. Although cleansing your liver after a particularly indulgent month or prolonged time exposed to toxins is good for you. The most important past is really the support of your liver on a daily basis. Making choices that reduce your toxin exposure day-to-day. This means that when you do over indulge or ingest toxins your body is more easily able to deal with them. Rather than living in constant overload.
What does Alcohol and over indulging do to your Liver?
Alcohol no matter how good it tastes, is still a poison. As a foreign substance, your body has no way of storing or using alcohol. It therefore has to be ‘metabolised’ out through your liver. Your liver can only process a certain amount of alcohol out of your system in a set period of time. This means that any excess alcohol is left in your bloodstream.
Because your body cannot store alcohol it becomes a priority for your liver to process. This means having to deal with alcohol takes your liver and body away from its normal processes. Like the ones mentioned above. Leaving your body lacking in the fats, vitamins, proteins etc. it needs to function properly.
Environmental toxins that we ingest or are exposed to have the same effect of your body as alcohol. Toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals and man made chemicals and additives in our food and environment. They cannot be metabolised and used by your body therefore need to be expelled as quickly as possible.
When your body, liver, and other cleansing systems are overloaded and overworked these toxins end up being stored in your body instead of got rid of. That is when they can cause damage you your cells and organs.
Chronic fatigue, headaches, cell mutations that can lead to cancers. Liver damage, skin problems particularly acne, difficulty digesting fats, haemorrhoids, yellow skin or eyes, and constipation.
So now you can see why looking after your Liver is so important!
How to Support & Protect Your Liver
Your body is very clever in that it is consistently and daily working to remove toxins and cleanse itself, but sometimes it needs a little help.
We now come face-to-face with so many chemical and other environmental exposures that are toxic to us, and our food is so depleted in essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies are left exposed.
The good news is you can make choices as part of your daily lifestyle that help to support and protect your liver and reduce the amount of work it has to do. The first line of defence against toxins, as with most things, is prevention.
Supporting and protecting your liver starts with the simple things.
Clean your home environment
Toxins are the chemicals and fake fragrances in your cleaning products. Switch your cleaning products for your home and bathroom/toilet to natural products. Ensuring that you aren’t breathing them in as they are used and they aren’t coming into contact with your skin.
This also includes any room ‘fresheners’ or plugins that are made of chemical fragrances.
Instead opt for natural cleaning products – there are plenty on the market now if you have a look online. As well as Pinterest which is full of DIY cleaning products you can make yourself with ingredients you already have in your home.
Set on having a fragrance in your home? You can add a few drops of essential oil to your cleaning products or use a diffuser / oil burner to scent the air.
Natural hair, makeup & beauty products
There are many hidden chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, deodorant, makeup, body wash etc….. Basically anything you use on your body and put on your skin. You should check the contents and switch for natural options.
Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and absorbs what you put on it and touch directly into your bloodstream and tissues. Imagine how much buildup of toxins that is for just one product you have used every day of your life!￼
Is clean water a myth nowadays?! While the water we drink may look clear, it is still full of nasties you don’t want in your body! Heavy metals, pesticides, and thousands of other chemicals filter into our water and don’t get removed before we drink it.￼
Toxins are heavy metals which are absorbed into your body via your digestive process.
Filtering water is a good start. But the best way to ensure your water is clean is distilling it￼. This process evaporates and water through heat. Separating chemicals, toxins, and heavy metals and disgracing then, before turning the steam back to pure water.
You can then re– add the essential minerals and nutrients that your body needs back into the water and know that it is safe for drinking.
This is something you can do easily in your own home. You can purchase water distillers relatively cheaply, and they take about four or five hours to produce six or so litres of fresh clean water (depending on the size of your distiller of course).￼
Drinking a cup of hot (or cold if you prefer) lemon water first thing on the morning is a really good way to kickstart your liver function and increase its natural detoxifying process.
Lemon water has a host of benefits not only is it a good source of vitamins C, aids digestion, and helps prevent kidney stones,￼ it is also a big antioxidant detoxifying agent that cleanses your liver and helps protect your cells from damage.
Check the food you eat
Another place toxins and man-made chemicals can get into your system is from your food.
Nearly everything now is sprayed with chemical pesticides to improve crop yield.￼ While organic food is not sprayed directly even organic food isn’t safe. Pesticides are now in our water, which means they enter all soils via natural rainfall!￼
Of course it is impossible to remove food from your diet! But opting to shop and support local farmers, visiting the farmers markets, and checking with the grocers that they use no pesticides is the best way to keep any toxins to a minimum.
Countries such as America have a lot less strict rules and regulations when it comes to pesticides and farming/food production than, say, the UK or Europe. So if you are buying from large supermarkets it’s helpful to be aware, and check where your produce has been grown.￼￼
This super green is an algae that’s full of chlorophyll. It comes in powder form that can be added to smoothies and juices, but also comes in capsule form which makes it easy to have with you on the go to take when you need. For example if you are going to be flying.
Chlorella is nutrient dense and full of vitamins and minerals. It is also an antioxidant and full of fibre.
Among its many benefits it binds to heavy metals aiding your body to detox and remove heavy meat also and other harmful compounds from your kidneys, brain, and liver. As well as helping to lower the harmful chemicals found in foods that you could ingest.
Activated charcoal is a fine black powder. It binds to and absorbs toxins in your stomach and stops them being digested. Your body is unable to metabolise charcoal so the toxins are harmlessly passed out of your body in your feces.
Amongst its many properties activated charcoal is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying. It works to filter out and remove undigested toxins and drugs from your kidneys and digestive system so that they don’t reach your liver or blood stream.
Activated charcoal is good to take if you are planning on drinking alcohol or know you are going o be in an environment where you are likely to come into contact with pesticides or toxins.
Celery or Beetroot juice are excellent cleansers. Beetroot and root vegetables detoxify the liver. Beetroot is the most effective of these. In fact they work so quickly that if you drink too much all the toxins stored in your liver are released into your blood and can make you feel very unwell.
Celery juice not only heals and activates your gut, is an anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight infection, it reduces fat build-up in the liver AND helps your liver produce enzymes that help to flush fat and toxins out.
Eat the rainbow
As I mentioned previously our soil and therefore our fruits and vegetables are not as nutrient dense as they used to be. The best way for you to combat this and give your body all of the healthy vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients it needs is to eat as many colours of fruit and vegetables as you can.
Still don’t feel like you are getting enough of the vitamins you need? The other option is to look at taking some good quality supplements.
Always do your research before choosing a supplement. Find out what your recommend daily allowance is (RDA). Get checked out at your Drs : it’s worth asking for blood tests to test everything & check for any deficiencies. Ask for a copy of your blood work so you can see for yourself.
Find out how your body absorbs that vitamin the best — for example a liquid form of vitamin D is more easily and quickly absorbed that a capsule form where a lot of the benefits are lost.
Also check if a combined version of a vitamin is better than taking it on its own. E.g. Vitamin C is absorbed better by your body when there are Bioflavonoids present.
Your liver does most of it’s work between the hours of 11 and 3pm. This means a good nights sleep is essential.
Try going to bed earlier. Preferably before 10pm. It is best to be fast asleep before 10.30 to allow your liver and gallbladder to do their beat work.
This post is turning out a lot longer than I anticipated. So I have split the Liver support & Cleanse into two separate posts. If you would like to keep reading you can find the second part live in a week or so…