Our bodies have to deal with a near constant influx of toxins including pesticides, chemicals, pollutants in our air and water, heavy metals, and much more. Our liver is largely responsible for filtering through these toxins, but it often ends up overworked and dysfunctional. Decreasing your exposure to toxins, and eating foods and taking supplements that help cleanse the liver is crucial for maintaining a healthy, functional liver.
Jobs of the Liver
The liver is responsible for over 500 tasks like producing bile, filtering blood, producing cholesterol, storing glucose, and many others. Keeping your liver healthy is crucial to overall health, and sluggish livers are a common problem today. We encounter many different chemicals every day in our air, water, food, medications, beauty products, plastics, etc. Our bodies are constantly working to filter through these chemicals to minimize the harm done, but our livers and other organs can’t always keep up. Many people also do not eat correctly and lack vitamins and minerals essential for proper liver function, add this to the toxic load we’re carrying, and it’s a wonder our livers are functioning at all.
Cut Out and Clean Up
The good news is that we can do a lot to promote healthy liver function, but consistency is important. Reducing your exposure to toxins as much as possible is a great first step. Try to avoid household cleaning products that contain chemicals, aerosol products like hairspray and air freshener, and opt for natural products whenever possible. You can also supplement with vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can help promote healthy liver function. These can include NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), milk thistle, garlic, vitamin A, vitamin E and others. Limiting alcohol intake is also important because excessive drinking can cause liver damage and may contribute to some forms of liver disease.
Some supplements we recommend for liver health include:
- Lipotropic Detox – contains milk thistle extract, turmeric extract, taurine and several other ingredients that may help promote liver health
- Bergamot BPF – contains bergamot orange extract which may help reduce fat deposits in the liver and may help lower cholesterol
- NAC – may aid in the production of glutathione
- Alpha Base without Iron – high-quality multivitamin
Focus on eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in red meat, and high in good fats like coconut oil and avocados. You should also make sure the food you eat is organic because pesticides are a major source of toxins, and make sure you are drinking clean, filtered water to avoid the chemicals, heavy metals and other harmful substances found in tap water. Exercising regularly may also help improve liver function, and limiting alcohol intake may decrease your risk for certain forms of liver disease. Your liver is a very important organ and it has a lot of responsibilities, so take good care of it!