It’s the end of the 1st month of this new year and I’ve been thinking so much about my health and how I can best make it as optimal as I want it to be.
I know I don’t have all the answers to some of my ailments (I do have them!) but I always strive to look for natural solutions and not turn to pharma drugs. I’ve made it a point not to take these while I still have my resources to go.
So with that said, I am now thinking about my liver. Keeping it at its optimal state needs a tender-loving-care. The liver is the most important organ in the body and has a multitude of tasks.
One of its tasks is to filter out wastes and toxins from inside and outside the body.
Did you know that you are also producing toxins from inside your body? When you have too much of the necessary hormones and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that send messages from the brain to all parts of the body) they become toxins in your body. Toxins from outside your body are those coming from the environment, the air you breathe, what you ingest and put on your skin.
Another important task that the liver does is to metabolize fats to turn into bile that gets stored in the gallbladder where they stay there until they are ready to be used in the small intestine to assist in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as Vit. A, E, D & K.
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When the liver is taxed and overworked and has given up working for you, what happens is chronic illness and diseases start coming up.
So how do you payback your liver so that it continues to do its job to keep you healthy and disease free?
Here are 10 tips (taken from ReplenishPDX) that I’d like to share with so you can give your liver that Tender-Loving-Care it deserves:
1) Dump the bad fats and keep the good clean fats.
Skip the hydrogenated oils and go for coconut oil, olive oil (do not use beyond high heat point), avocado, & salmon. Hydrogenated oils are toxic. Why? These are oils that have been devoid of the nutrients through its processing where hydrogen is being introduced in an unnatural way that makes the molecular chain saturated. This process creates a solid or semi-solid state of the liquid form that increases the shelf life with the nutrients all gone! It’s fat with no health benefits!
2) Refrain from late night snacking
Your liver regenerates cells between 11PM to 3AM. Having a late night snack interrupts the detoxification process of the liver. Make your bedtime by 10PM and have breakfast 10-12 hours after.
3) Reduce toxins coming to your body
Since you don’t have control over the environment, you can control what you put into your body with food and skin care products. Go for organic produce and filtered water. Use glass containers instead of plastic containers and if you choose plastic containers look for those that are BPA free. BPA (bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in plastics and in can linings. Studies show that BPA affects infertility.
Also select less toxic skin care products. How do you do this? Check the EWG group to find out how you can find less toxic skin care products. the EWG helps you find the ingredients that you need to avoid in skin care products.
4) Increase consumption of fiber in food
Foods that are rich in soluble fiber support your liver’s health by binding toxins to move them out of your system. These are chia seeds, flax, fruits and vegetables, beans and oats.
5) Herbs are excellent liver support
The number one herb to go to for liver support is Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle has a compound called silymarin that prevents liver disease and assists in the growth of liver cells to replace damaged liver cells, reduces tumour cell proliferation, angiogenesis and insulin resistance – this is taken from a study on silymarin.
Other herbs to include for liver health are dandelion root, ginger, cloves, burdock root, horsetail.
6) Eat more cruciferous foods
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli — these are cruciferous foods that can help in the sulfation pathway of the liver assisting in removing excess estrogens.
7) Eat limonene
Where do you find the limonene? It’s in the zest of lemons. Limonene stimulates phase 1 detoxification which changes the function of the toxic compound converting it to usable compounds for the body.
Dr. Steven Kraskow in his article indicated that limonene or D-Limonene as it is called in his study dissolved human gallstones within 2 hours when done in vitro. So add organic lemon zest into your salads or smoothies.
8) Eat high quality protein but not in excess
High quality protein found in wild-caught fish or grass-fed meat but don’t eat it in excess. Having an excess of protein is taxing to the liver. This could happen when the acidity in the stomach is not enough to breakdown those proteins from food ingested.
9) Add greens to your diet
Go for herbs such as cilantro and parsley. Eat green leafy vegetables such as spinach, chard and lettuce, bitter greens such as mustard, dandelion and arugula are a few of the examples of green leafy vegetables to add to your salads or smoothies.
10) Boost your liver with choline
Choline is a micronutrient that’s vital for healthy liver. Choline is the transporter of fat from the liver to cells throughout the body where it’s needed. A deficiency of choline will cause the liver to be plugged with too much fat resulting in a fatty liver. Food sources of choline are eggs (an excellent source), shrimps, turkey, chicken, salmon. Again, go for organic sources of animal meat. For vegans, good sources are from collard greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, swiss chard, cauliflower and asparagus.
Have you taken care of your liver to give it that much needed TLC (tender-loving-care)? Let me know by leaving a message below.