Natural Tips to Support Liver Health
The liver is the body’s primary detoxifier. It neutralizes everything from chemicals and medications to hormones, alcohol and caffeine. The liver is also tasked with storing glucose (sugar) for energy, making and breaking down cholesterol, and producing bile to help digest fatty foods.
If we are exposed to more toxins than the liver can detoxify, it can become overwhelmed. Take a moment to think about the chemicals in soaps and moisturizers, dyes and preservatives in our food, cleaning products, and medications. The liver has to keep up with detoxifying all these things, each and every day!
The liver also becomes overburdened when we eat too much sugar or unhealthy fats because the body stores these excess calories into the liver as fatty deposits. Over time, this causes a condition called fatty liver disease, which increases our risk of liver cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
When the liver is unable to keep up with our detox demands, or if it has fatty deposits that prevent it from working properly, we may experience fatigue, headaches, poor memory, acne, hormonal imbalances, and/or abdominal pain.
It’s important to take care of the liver to feel our absolute best. Here are the top ways to support healthy liver function:
- Healthy Nutrition: Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and minerals, including beets, berries, artichoke and dark chocolate. Focus on cruciferous veggies like brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and kale to support detoxification, as well as sulphur-rich foods such as eggs, garlic and onions. It is also important to avoid trans fats and sugar, and to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy weight.
- Reduce toxins: Limit substances that increase our toxic burden, including caffeine, alcohol, and unnecessary medications. Transition to natural cleaning products and personal care products. Top chemicals to avoid include phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and parabens.
- Support Elimination: We should have at least one fully evacuated bowel movement daily to eliminate toxic end-products from the body. Increasing fibre with chia and flax, drinking plenty of water, and being active are all important ways to promote healthy bowel habits.
Sometimes, the liver requires additional support to help tackle the buildup of toxins, regenerate tissue, and improve is function. LIV-GREAT is a synergistic blend of evidence-based herbs, nutrients, and antioxidants that boost detoxification, heal liver damage, and protect the liver from future damage.
LIV-GREAT contains silymarin, an active extract from Milk Thistle that protects the liver from damage by preventing toxins from binding to liver tissue. Silymarin also boosts detoxification, resulting in improved liver markers on blood testing.
Glutathione is one of our most powerful detoxifiers. It neutralizes heavy metals, regenerates vitamin C and E, and acts as an antioxidant to protect the liver. LIV-Great contains N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), which increases glutathione concentrations in the liver, and selenium, which increases the activity of glutathione.
LIV-Great also contains garlic, which is a source of the sulphur that is required for the detoxification pathway called sulphonification. Garlic also reduces fat accumulation in liver cells, improves cholesterol, and balances blood sugar to prevent fatty liver deposits.
Heal & Protect the Liver
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), found in carrots, beets, and spinach, as well as the active extracts from turmeric (called curcumin) and artichoke provide significant antioxidant activity to heal and protect the liver from future damage. All three of these powerful antioxidants are found in the LIV-GREAT formula.
LIV-GREAT also contains Phyllanthus amarus, which is one of the most incredible herbs used to support liver health. Research shows that it assists with proliferation of damaged liver cells, which regenerates the liver and normalizes its function.
Elimination of Waste
The liver secretes neutralized toxic end-product into bile, which is used in the digestive tract to digest fats, and then carries waste to be eliminated from the body via the colon. LIV-GREAT contains an extract of Dandelion root that improves the flow of bile from the liver to promote the elimination of toxins from the body.
LIV-GREAT helps your liver keep up with the daily demands of neutralizing toxins, boosts liver function, and heals and protects the liver from damage. A healthy liver means lower toxicity in the body and improved overall health!