How To Support Your Liver Health
The liver is an incredibly important organ in the body – it is the body’s filtration and detoxification system. It has over 500 different functions that are performed throughout the day, including storing fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and D, assisting in the breakdown of red blood cells, making and storing energy, keeping blood glucose levels stabilised, cleaning your blood of toxins, manufacturing bile and hydrochloric acid for digestion, and synthesising and processing proteins and hormones (in the case of excess oestrogen the liver helps rid the body of this.)
Love your liver and give it all the support it needs by:
- Consuming foods rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants
- Consume foods rich in the mineral selenium acts as an antioxidant that supports liver health (think nuts, especially brazil nuts, seeds, especially pumpkin & sunflower, seafood, organ meats)
- Avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol and caffeine
- Don’t over-eat fatty foods
- Avoid refined carbohydrates
- Avoid vegetable oils – canola, soy, corn oil (these damage the liver)
- Avoid too much snacking – this can raise insulin and cause inflammation in the liver (cancer loves to travel to areas of inflammation in the body – so reducing inflammation is a good idea!)
- Maintain adequate hydration in the body
- Consume medicinal plants that enhance detoxification and support liver regeneration (are hepatoprotective) such as such as St Mary’s Thistle, spirulina, algae, dandelion leaf & cruciferous vegetables
- Maintain adequate Vitamin D levels as it is naturally anti-inflammatory and so can support reducing inflammation in the liver
- Consider undertaking periods of fasting (providing you don’t have any underlying health conditions where this is contraindicated.) Fasting encourages autophagy – which can help repair damaged liver tissue.
- Undertake regular exercise, strength training and other activities that support mitochondrial function.
The power of green plants in healing has been recognised throughout history. This is in large part due to the presence of one property – chlorophyll. This is the substance that makes plants appear green. Chlorophyll has the ability to purify, reduce inflammation and rejuvenate the body.
To learn more about detoxification and the simple science behind your body’s innate detox pathways – click here to read an article by Nutritionist Renae Redgen – founder of deeto.