If you are considering changing your diet to feel better, support your liver at the same time. If your liver is clogged and not working well, the benefits of your changes will come slowly. Your liver works as hard as your heart and is responsible for several processes that directly affect your overall health. And your liver health affects how well you feel, both physically and emotionally.
Your liver is responsible for hundreds of vital processes. Here, are the top 5 in relation to feeling better fast;
- Produces bile to help digest food and absorb nutrients.
- Stores vitamins, sugar and iron to support your energy levels.
- Filters and removes waste products, drugs and other poisonous substances.
- Produces immune factors and filters out bacteria from the bloodstream to fight infections.
- Controls the production and removal of cholesterol.
If you are overweight and can’t lose it, feeling sluggish, or suffering from digestive distress you likely have a clogged or sluggish liver. Here is a list of signs that indicate that you need care for your liver:
- Excessive belly fat or a muffin top
- Trouble digesting fatty foods
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Belly bloating
- Dark spots on the skin (liver spots)
- Acne or rosacea and or itchy skin
- Unexplained weight gain and unable to lose weight
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Mood swings and depression
- Sleep apnea or snoring
There are more, but these are the signs I see most often. And why does your liver gets clogged up? When you're super busy, it's east to take shortcuts with food; eating out and eating more pre-processed food to save time. But, these are filled with chemicals and substances your body can't use. And they have to go through the liver for processing.
You are also bombarded by toxins daily from the air you breathe, personal care products and even your drinking water. All toxins are processed by the liver and flushed out the body, unless it gets overwhelmed. Then many of these toxic substances are either stored in your fat or get stuck in the liver.
And you probably eat more sugar than your body can safely process. This is common and causes your liver to work harder to maintain blood sugar levels.
Finally there's chronic stress, the big daddy of disrupting your body’s innate ability to regulate itself. When you’re under a lot of chronic stress, your body diverts energy to survival mechanisms. This results in less energy resources for your liver.
If you’re going to start a new program to feel and look better, you can’t skip taking care of your liver.
3 Steps To Get You Started
Reduce the toxic load; switch to organic, whole foods and natural cleaners & personal care products.
Reduce stress; practice stress relief techniques, check for pathogen infections, avoid foods you are sensitive to and get plenty of rest. If you’re taking medications, these too can stress your liver and digestive functions. Reduce them if possible, but check with your doctor first.
Support your liver; check enzyme levels, eat naturally fermented foods, drink lots of clean water, consume healthy fats and lots of green leafy vegetables. Cilantro and parsley are great for this.
To help thin out the bile in your liver for flushing, start the day with warm water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. And possibly add liver supporting supplements like B-complex, Vit. C, Vit. E, Milk Thistle, Dandelion or Globe Artichoke.
Taking care of your liver is critical to your overall health. It also increases your chances of making real change, so you feel and function better. You don’t want to waste your efforts to make healthy changes by ignoring this important organ.
You may need additional support, but all of these are within your control.
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