I don’t know about you, but anything I can do to help my liver handle the toxins coming into my body better, the more efficiently I know everything else will function. Read on to find out how to support your liver better
Support Your Liver
Living in the big smoke of Auckland, I know that my general consumption of toxicity is a lot greater than if I lived in a rural area. Yes sure, there will be pollutants from sprays and pesticides in the country, but it will be nothing like the haze of pollution that encompasses Auckland and the surrounding areas.
Why should you Support your liver?
Our poor liver! It is constantly bombarded with toxins from the food we eat, the liquids we drink, the pharmaceuticals we take and the air we breath. One of the body’s primary self-defence mechanisms is the conversion and neutralization of these metabolic products and toxins into soluble and safe by-products, which can then be eliminated. All ingested and microbially produced toxins are presented to the liver, the body’s primary detoxification organ for clearance.
What does our liver do with toxins?
The liver has two related processes known as Phase 1 and Phase 2 in its ability to detoxify pollutants and associated chemicals. Associated with each phase are a number of reactions, which are reliant on certain nutritional vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is common that generally, people will have low levels of one or more nutrients, or an accumulation of toxins, which will slow down the overall detoxification pathway.
When we rapidly destroy and remove, from our bowel or body organs, certain microbial pathogens – such as yeast, Candida albicans, parasites, viruses and other bacteria, we do this by breaking down their cellular wall (endotoxin) as part of the removing process.
Certain vitamins and minerals, as well as different phyto or plant nutrients, can help support the liver during this time. These are not always essential, but at times helpful to assist with the eliminative process. Phyto-nutrients are plant substances found in various fruits and vegetables, which support detoxification pathways and promote general well-being. These nutrients exert powerful nutritional and antioxidant actions and are useful modulators of toxic reactions.
Foods to increase in your diet, to reduce toxic reactions and support detoxification
- Broccoli and watercress – these vegetables contain powerful activators of phase 1 & phase 2 detoxification pathways
- Lemon and lime – the peel and pith of these citrus fruits contain limonene, which activate phase 2 enzymes
- Soya bean isoflavones – assist in cholesterol clearance & the hormonal metabolism associated with detoxification
- Green Tea – helps neutralise free radicals, which could contribute to toxic reactions of liver cleansing
- Spices turmeric and ginger –contains important components that activate phase 2 enzyme detoxification
- Beetroot, carrot, garlic and grapes – all possess valuable phyto-chemicals, which support detoxification
Food choices to support detoxification
These foods have small amounts of naturally occurring beneficial phyto-chemicals, which help support the detoxification process. Purchasing organic foods helps the process and, if organic produce is unavailable, then it is recommended that fruits and vegetables are washed thoroughly, and, where possible during the program, should be peeled. As well as the ones above, they include, but are not limited to:
- Vegetables and fruits: Asparagus, Red Cabbage, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Sweet Potato, Capsicum, Parsley, Chives, Tomato, Mango, Kiwifruit, Tamarillo, Pawpaw, Banana.
- Protein Foods: Skinless Chicken and Turkey, Fresh Fish, Tuna, Salmon, Lean Lamb, Whey Protein
- Fat Foods: Avocado, Flax Seeds, Olive Oil, Macadamia, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
- Other foods: Almonds, Buckwheat, Garlic, Lentils, Sea Salt, Rice, Millet, Corn
Herbs to help with better liver function and detoxification
The main herbs used to help with better liver function are Milk thistle, Dandelion, Burdock, Schizandra, Artichoke, Perilla and Wild Yam.
The amino acids Taurine, Glycine, Methionine. N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and Glutamine are vital to help increase your body’s production of glutathione, your premier liver antioxidant. You can read more about Glutathione here.
It is vital to ensure you stay well hydrated and assist your eliminative organs to flush the toxins away. As well as this, water is vital for supplying oxygen to the body, which helps combat toxins and enrich the blood. Water is also a medium for the removal of waste in the body. It only makes sense to drink ample water every day, to help the detoxification process. Start the day by having 1/2 a lemon squeezed in a large glass of water.
Supplements to Support Liver Function
My Number One Liver Supporting product is Natures Way Super Thisilyn. I LOVE this product, take it myself (every day) and recommend it to anyone who REALLY needs help with their liver. I have seen the most dramatic changes in peoples Liver Function Blood Tests after they have taken Super Thisilyn. I have used this product with people who have serious liver problems and I do not know 1 person who has not had at least good but usually excellent results from using it (as shown by their liver function blood test)
Other choices include:
Artemis Liver Detox Tea: Contains a combination of organic herbs, in a loose leaf form. It is a great addition and is especially useful when recovering from liver complaints, when undertaking a liver-cleansing regime, or when taking synthetic medication. Can be safely taken longer for maintenance, e.g each morning before breakfast for regular detoxification and is suitable for adults and children.
There are plenty of other things you can do to support better detoxification and elimination and to make sure your liver is functioning optimally. Contact one of our naturopathic team to discuss this more firstname.lastname@example.org
Naturopath & Founder Ideal Health