Three Signs You Need to Detoxify Your Liver
Your liver plays an essential role in over 500 different bodily functions, and your appearance, vitality and overall wellbeing is intimately connected to the health of your liver. Your liver is responsible for detoxifying all of the harmful substances that you consume, inhale, and absorb and the highly toxic world we live in forces your liver to work overtime. Below is a list of three signs that your liver is overburdened and a simple, all-natural solution for restoring liver health.
Your skin is a reflection of your liver health and acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, pruritus, premature aging, brown liver spots, and a yellowish tinge, are all signs of an overwhelmed and/or sluggish liver.[i] The connection between liver health and skin health is three-fold. Firstly, your liver is responsible for breaking down toxins so that they can be properly eliminated from your body, and when your liver is weakened it allows toxins to build-up. Those toxins can accumulate in the deep layers of your skin and trigger skin inflammation. Your liver also helps to neutralize free radicals, preventing them from damaging and breaking down collagen (a key component of healthy skin). Finally, your liver helps to process hormones and eliminate excess estrogens and androgens. When your liver is operating subpar, it can lead to a surplus of estrogen and DHT which are major triggers for acne and other inflammatory skin disorders.
Excess Body Fat
Your liver plays a key role in the digestion and metabolism of fats. When your liver is stressed out, it becomes unable to properly breakdown and eliminate excess fats, and those fats are stored in your body. Many of those fats are stored around your abdomen and in your liver, which further compromises liver function and creates a viscous cycle of weight gain. Your liver also plays an important role in regulating blood sugar and a fatty liver can lead to insulin resistance, which forces the body to produce more insulin, and leads to rampant blood sugar fluctuations.[ii] This is problematic because insulin is a fat storing hormone, and the more you have, the harder it is to burn fat. Compounding the problem is the fact that blood sugar fluctuations can lead to insatiable cravings for calorie laden sweets and snacks!
Fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom of liver damage and the link between the two is multifaceted.[iii] Firstly, your liver converts glucose into glycogen and stores it for later use. When your cells require nourishment and energy, your liver uses the glycogen to fuel that energy. A damaged liver will have a reduced ability to store and release glycogen and as a result, energy levels will decline. An unhealthy liver can also lead to chronic inflammation in the body, which can cause a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. This allows immune cells (monocytes) to enter the brain, which can lead to alterations of brain chemistry and trigger substantial fatigue.[iv] Chronic inflammation also has a negative impact on your immune system, stress response, and mitochondria — all of which can compromise energy levels.[v]
Fortunately, your liver has an impressive ability to regenerate itself and so long as full-blown liver disease has not developed, dietary modifications can help to eradicate these three conditions. Start by eliminating animal products because they are loaded with hormones and other inflammatory substances that place an unnecessary burden on your liver. You should also eliminate or vastly reduce sugar, alcohol and processed foods from your diet. Focus on eating a wholefoods based diet, with a high percentage of raw vegetables (ideally 10+ servings a day). Finally, consume the following liver-nourishing superfoods abundantly: asparagus, garlic, onions, carrots, beets, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, pomegranate, ginger and turmeric. For added support start your morning off with a glass of warm lemon water, and rub castor oil on your liver before bed.
Consuming the above diet will help to gently nourish your liver back to health but it can take months to notice an effect. For quicker, more dramatic results consider taking a liver cleansing supplement. Look for one that contains Silymarin, it is a potent antioxidant with a unique ability to promote liver cell regeneration.[vi] Liv D-Tox contains Silymarin and a proprietary blend of herbs and liver cleansing superfoods that help to offset the adverse effects associated with poor liver function. A few benefits associated with Liv D-Tox include: reduced inflammation, enhanced hormone processing, increased immune system function, reduced oxidative stress; clearer skin, easier weight loss, enhanced energy levels, and a noticeable improvement in overall health and wellbeing. http://estroblock.com/liv-d-tox/.