Can we just take a moment to thank our liver for all that it does? This vital organ is working hard every day to filter out toxins and waste from the body, as well as conducting hundreds of other functions. Your liver’s primary action is to convert toxins into a safe waste that can be excreted from the body through the means of elimination (in the form of urine and your #2’s).
It has already mentioned that your liver wears many ‘hats’ and is responsible for a large part of your overall health. It has over 400 functions in the body, from digesting fats with its pal the gallbladder, storing essential vitamins and minerals like iron, processing nutrients that have been absorbed in the intestines and breaking down drugs and alcohols. With only naming a few functions I’m sure you can already see, and you may already know the importance of it’s role in your health.
We wouldn’t want to burden our liver, yet if we are not providing the body with the right nutrients our hardworking friend becomes sluggish and backed up with loads of toxic work.
How The Liver Deals with Toxic Substances
The liver has two pathways for detoxification:
Toxins, which are a poisonous substance that can cause damage to cells are first taken on by Phase 1 of Liver Detoxification, this phase involves using enzymes to transform these lipid-soluble toxins into less harmful substances that Phase 2 can now handle.
Phase 2 of Liver Detoxification involves pairing these battered up toxins with other molecules which increase their water-solubility so they can be safely removed from the body through the means of elimination.
Efforts in Proactive Liver Support are for Everyone
Even for those who make a concentrated effort to follow a healthy lifestyle which revolves around organics, pure water, regular exercise, use of toxin-free personal care and cleaning products.. We are still exposed to toxins from our environment (air, soil, water, cars, factories, plastics) and these factors, while we cannot control them – affect us!
Even as a Holistic Nutritionist, I will continue to practice daily routines on top of eating clean, exercising and living in my little toxin-free home – because I know I need to, and it makes me feel amazing!
Is Your Liver Feeling Sluggish
When the liver becomes sluggish, toxins are no longer able to leave the body and are instead stored in fat tissue (since they are lipid-soluble) and they will hang out there until liver function improves and they can be safely eliminated. This can be a huge factor as to why you aren’t shedding extra weight even with a healthy diet and exercise.
There is a variety of tell-tale symptoms of a stressed-out liver, regardless of the degree of your symptoms, by taking holistic approaches and preventative steps you have the ability to improve your liver function and improve your quality of life (because you deserve to feel good).
If you experience the following symptoms, don’t stop reading – there are some tips to follow for improving liver function which I encourage you to practice in your daily routine.
Brain Fog/Lethargy/Feeling Drained
Dull Headaches Improved with Rest or Headaches/Migraines Behind Eyes
Chronic Joint or Muscle Pain
Trouble Digesting Fats
Gall Bladder Removed
Acne or Skin Conditions
Gas, Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea