Does your liver need a little love?
According to several doctors, publications, clinical experience and studies-our liver is in need of more love and support now than every before!
Did you know that our liver performs over 300 functions! It is our main detox organ, it filters blood coming from our digestive tract, it secretes bile to the intestines, it metabolizes our fats, and on and on! It’s an amazing organ that we definitely need to be mindful of and give it the TLC it requires to function properly.
When our body is healthy and functioning optimally our liver can do it’s job effectively. However, in our day and age with toxins EVERYWHERE-in the air, in our cleaning products, plastics, pesticides, in our skin care, in our food, etc most people are suffering from some level of liver toxicity that needs to be addressed.
Some signs that your liver isn’t working optimally could include:
- Abdominal bloating and other digestive problems
- Inability to lose weight with diet and exercise
- Changes in skin complexion
- Acid reflux/heart burn
- Trouble digesting fatty foods
- Overheating of the body and excessive sweating
- Abnormal Lipid Panel (when your triglycerides are high-take a look at your liver!)
- Mood changes
- Memory/mental clarity issues
- Poor immune function
- Body tingling
So what can you do about it?
There are a lot of “fad” detox diets out there that claim to get your liver in tip top shape, but be wary of the next popular diet or detox trick. Be sure to do your research before jumping in. However there are a lot of things that you can do RIGHT NOW to give your liver a little extra love! Here is a list of the top things to get started on right away:
- Get tested!Your lipid panel, especially your triglycerides can be an indication of whether or not you are storing fat in your liver. Also check your IGF-1. If it is higher or lower than normal it could be caused by livery disease or damage (also a possible sign of hypothyroidism or uncontrolled diabetes). Other commonly used tests to check liver abnormalities are:
- Support your system! There are some key supplements that you can begin to add into your daily routine that can have a gentle cleansing/detox effect on the body as well as address pulling toxins from the body and support healthy gut/digestive system. I often recommend to my clients to begin with the following: 1 cup of dandelion root tea a day with NAC and Glutathione, an intestinal repair supplement and some digestive enzymes. Depending upon the person, I might also recommend a detox supplement to help pull heavy metals and toxins from the body.
- Clean up your diet! Avoid “fad” detox diets and instead focus on cutting out sugars, processed foods, preservatives and pesticides. Quality matters when it comes to your food, so choose the best you can afford. Free range, Antibiotic free, hormone free, grass-fed, wild-caught, organic, local and in season.
- Flush the system! Support the elimination of toxins from your body. Try to drink 100oz water a day and include some good quality electrolytes than can be found in pink salt, sea salt, or electrolyte drops or clean electrolyte powders. Saunas and exercise also support detox through the sweat glands. Finally eating high fiber foods or a quality fiber supplement to help pull toxins, estrogens and sludge out of the system through your stool is also an important way to support detox. I will sometimes recommend magnesium at night as well to support proper elimination.
- Support detox through good oxygen! Some other simple suggestions would be to get outside, breathe deep and get some house plants! Certain houseplants give off cleaner oxygen to breathe and have the added benefit of pulling environmental toxins out of our air. That’s pretty awesome!
If you have any additional questions or need extra guidance when it comes to your health/wellness-please reach out to me. Send me an email or private message. I know what it feels like to struggle with your health without answers. If you need some help digging a little deeper and peeling back the layers of the onion to find your root cause problems, I would love to connect. You deserve to feel healthy, happy and whole!
Yours in health,
Molly Phair Phitness-FNTP, CPT