Today I wanted to share with you the tools that you need to help you detox your liver to optimize your hormones and overall health.
If you liver is toxic and not functioning properly, then you won’t see the level of health and energy that you want to experience for yourself.
I talk about this and much more in today’s video:
What does your liver do?
Your liver is the heaviest organ in your body at around 1.4 kg and it carries out a multitude of vital tasks, including:
- Helps make vitamin D which is needed for hormone creation,
- Removes harmful chemicals, bacteria and excess hormones from your body,
- Pocesses the carbohydrates, proteins and fats from the foods you eat so you can get the energy and nutrients from the foods you eat,
- Stores vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin B12,
- Stores the sugar (glycogen) for future use when energy is required by your body,
- Creates substances that are used by your immune system to protect your body from infections.
So as you can see, your liver is hugely important to your overall health, including your hormonal health.
If it’s not working properly, you need to take the steps that will help you to detox your liver and restore it’s healthy function.
What you eat, drink, but also breathe and come into contact with via your skin and which then enters your bloodstream all has to be processed by your liver.
So living a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet are hugely important for your health, including the health of your liver.
Symptoms of toxic liver
Now your liver metabolises your hormones and other substances using what are called 2 primary phases known as the phase 1 and phase 2 pathways.
If your body is too toxic, then it’s going to negatively affect the health of your liver and you can suffer with what is called a congested liver.
Symptoms you can experience due to a poorly congested liver include:
- Hormone imbalances
- Weight gain
- Skin problems acne, rosacea, rashes, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
- Poor digestion
- Chemical sensitivities
- And possibly pain in the right upper portion of the abdomen where your liver is situated
Fatty liver disease
Further to this, with a poor diet and lifestyle you can also increase your chances of suffering from what is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is when you have a build-up of too much fat in your liver.
Fatty liver disease is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S., affecting 70 million Americans—that’s one in three adults. (1)
At its very worst it can lead all the way to liver cancer, liver failure, and even death.
Now the risk factors for suffering from fatty liver disease include:
- Having type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Being obese
- Having high levels of fats in your blood, such as cholesterol and triglycerides
- Suffering from certain infections, such as hepatitis C for example
- Exposure to toxins
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
There was a study done on 9,000 American adults who were followed for 13 years.
What was found was a strong association between cholesterol intake (from the foods they eat so animal products like meat and eggs for example) and hospitalization, and death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.
This is due to the fact that dietary cholesterol can oxidize and cause toxic and carcinogenic effects. (2)
So eating animal foods is another way that your liver may suffer injury, and which could lead to cirrhosis of the liver (scaring of the liver) and even liver cancer.
How to detox your liver
The question is: how do you detox your liver and get it working well again so you can not only avoid problems with your liver including serious diseases, but also balance your hormone levels.
Well, first off, doing one off detox protocols or liver cleanses, only to then go back to consuming unhealthy foods, animal products and drinking alcohol and soft drinks is not going to give you the health transformation you are looking for. This is not the way to detox your liver and restore it’s health.
What you need is to have a diet and lifestyle that allows your liver to work properly 24/7/365 days a year, so it can detox your body properly, every single day.
This will also help you keep your hormones in balance.
So you’ll need to avoid:
- Highly processed foods, including junk foods,
- Animal products (cholesterol),
- Alcohol (which on its own can cause what is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease and worse),
- Soft drinks,
- Avoiding contact with chemicals as much as you can via the air and your skin.
All this will go a long way to helping you keep both you and your liver very healthy.
A diet packed full of whole fruits and vegetables is the absolute ideal diet to bathe your liver and indeed your whole body in a sea of health promoting nutrients every single day. We talk about how to switch to a vegan and raw foods plan here.
This diet will support your liver and your hormonal health while at the same time allowing you to really enjoy your food and get the kind of health most people only dream about.
What do you do to help your liver stay healthy? Leave your comments below!
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(2) G N Ioannou, O B Morrow, M L Connole, S P Lee. Association between dietary nutrient composition and the incidence of cirrhosis or liver cancer in the United States population. Hepatology. 2009 Jul;50(1):175-84.
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