The liver is the major organ of detoxification. Everything that passes through the digestive system will pass through your liver. If you are getting the right nutrients from a good and healthy diet, the liver will have no problem filtering blood. It is only when you eat a diet that is poor, your liver will have to work extra hard and blood will not be filtered properly and toxins will remain in the blood and leaving your body toxic!
Functions of the liver
A. Cleans the Blood ( Detoxification)
B.Manufacturing of essential proteins which are necessary for healthy immune function
C. Regulates hormones
D. Stores vitamins and minerals
E. Fat Metabolism and aids digestion
F. Stores and releases glucose
Signs of an overworked liver
Look out for signs or symptoms of an overworked or sluggish liver as these are huge indicators of potential/future chronic health issues such as immune system disorders, hormonal diseases, fatty liver and so on and so forth.
A. Feeling sluggish in the morning even if you had a good nights sleep
B. Daily headaches
C. Nausea after eating a rich meal or drinking alcohol
D. Skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema
E. Bad Breath
F. Vision problems
G. Bad Memory
H. Digestive problems and constipation
I. Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
J. Accumulation of abdominal fat
K. Hormonal imbalances
How our liver is overworked
1. Poor diet – Everything that goes through our digestive system, will go through our liver to be refined and detoxed. Our liver is continuously filtering our blood of toxins from our digestive system, lungs and skin. When an organ is overexposed to toxins and poisons, can you imagine how hard the liver would have to work to detoxify the blood?
2. Excess alcohol – When our liver breaks down alcohol, the process can damage its cells. This damage can lead to inflammation and scarring as the liver tries to repair itself. In addition, alcohol can also damage our intestine which lets toxins from our gut get into our liver. Excessive drinking can also cause ” fatty liver”. The liver converts glucose into fat which will be sent round the body to store for use when needed but excessive alcohol affects the way the liver handles fat, your liver cells get stuffed with fats instead of it being sent round the body.
3. Overuse of painkillers, taking many prescription drugs and exposure to toxic chemicals
Detoxify your liver
1. Quit drinking alcohol or if that may be unattainable, cut down drinking to once per week. Less than 4 standard drinks for men and 2 standard drinks for women.
2. Flush your liver with lemon water. Water on its own is good enough as it helps flush away the remaining toxins in the body and gives the body a good pre-wash. Adding lemon adds to even more alkalizing and cleansing properties.
3. Eat foods detox your liver: grapefruits, apples, avocados, lemon and limes, garlic , cold-pressed oils, tumeric, leafy green vegetables and Cruciferous vegetables, cabbage, green tea, whole nuts, wholegrains , eggs, beets and carrots.
Tip: Eating 2 avocados a week for 30 days can repair a damaged liver.
4. Take the right herbs such as milk thistle and artichoke leaf. You can also take milk thistle supplements which can be easily found in stores. It is advisable to purchase a specialised liver support formula to help cleanse and maintain your liver.