If you experience chronic fatigue, terrible hangovers, headaches, aversion to fats, constipation, or gall bladder disease, you might be suffering from a condition known as sluggish liver. This means that your liver is overburdened by too many toxins and cannot function properly.
The liver is the largest gland in your body as well as a vital organ that supports nearly every other organ in the body. Provided that the function of your liver is impaired, your whole body will be affected by it as this organ performs more than 400 functions. Keeping your liver healthy is very important for your overall good health because you cannot survive without one.
This organ helps filter out the waste and toxins from your body, and its primary role is the conversion of toxins into safe waste that is then to be eliminated from the body. Some of its other functions include detoxification, protein synthesis, production of biochemicals essential for digestion, and production of bile.
A diet that abounds in healthy, essential nutrients will enable an optimal healthy liver function and prevent its overburdening with toxins. However, an unhealthy diet, rich in fatty, junk food, may lead to liver sluggishness due to toxin accumulation.
The liver has the ability to get rid of these toxins in two phases. The first phase consists of using enzymes to convert the lipid-soluble toxins into less damaging compounds that can be detoxified in the second phase afterward.
The second phase includes the pairing of the toxins with other molecules that boost their water-solubility, to be safely eliminated from the body.
Apart from eating healthy, it is also very important to use toxin-free products for your personal care and household cleaning as these can also harm your liver. Everything that enters your body, be it through your mouth, skin or breathing, may contain a certain level of toxicity and thus harm your liver. We are all exposed to various pollutants and toxins present in the environment, in the water, air and soil, as well as to plastics and the pollution from factories.
As it was explained above, the toxins that enter your liver every day have trouble leaving the body once this organ becomes sluggish, and since they are lipid-soluble, they are stored in the fat tissue. This can eventually lead to excess weight.
That is why it is highly important for you to stimulate the function of your liver by following a holistic approach. In order to do so, you should first get acquainted with the early signs and symptoms that show that your liver has become sluggish and is in need of detoxification:
- Hormonal imbalances;
- Migraines/headaches behind your eyes/ dull headaches relieved with rest;
- Excessive perspiration;
- Chronic fatigue;
- Problems with digesting fats;
- Chemical sensitivities;
- Acne or other skin conditions;
- Pessimistic emotions;
- Lethargy/feeling drained/brain fog;
- Chronic muscle or joint pain;
- Weight gain without evident reason;
- Abdominal pain, constipation, gases, diarrhea, bloating;
- Chronic bad breath;
- Gall bladder removed;
- Depression and anxiety.
If your liver is indeed sluggish, then you are advised to do the following things so as to stimulate its function and aid in the elimination of the dangerous toxins:
- Consume a balanced diet;
- Steer clear of inflammatory oils;
- Avoid refined sugar;
- Decrease the consumption of fructose (20-25 gr. per day);
- Cut GMO foods out of your diet and buy only organic foods;
- Consume foods that contain sulfur;
- Consume plant-based and animal-based sources of amino acids;
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption;
- Eat more green leafy vegetables;
- Consume more healthy fats;
- Consume enough fiber;
- Drink plenty of pure water.
Also, we suggest that you add the following three potent natural foods to your diet as they will help you to restore the proper function of your liver:
- Turmeric – This popular Indian spice possesses a very potent and anti-inflammatory active ingredient, known as curcumin. It abounds in health benefits including its ability to help the enzymes responsible for the elimination of the dietary carcinogens. Moreover, it prevents liver damage and regenerates the affected cells owing to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Remember to consume turmeric together with black pepper as this will boost its absorption in the body.
- Milk thistle – This herb contains an active ingredient that possesses powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fibrotic properties, which help prevent liver damage caused by viruses, toxins, alcohol, and drugs.
- Globe artichoke – This plant is related to the thistle and it abounds in fiber. It helps protect the liver, improves its activity, and it stimulates bile production. Also, it helps in the elimination of bile and reduces LDL cholesterol.
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