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Do I Need To Detox My Liver?

Jun 22, 2018 11:10:14 AM / by The Essential Health and Wellness Team

The Importance of a Healthy, Happy Liver

Your liver is working absurdly hard.

Everything you breathe, eat, or absorb through the skin gets into the bloodstream and eventually passes through the liver.

It is responsible for key components in balancing your hormones, filtering and distributing blood from your digestive tract to the rest of the body and metabolizing drugs.

Every cell in your body has the ability to take in the nutrients they need from your bloodstream and then release their waste products back out for elimination.

At the center of it all is your liver, going through its natural process of detoxification.

Think about it, all the extra chemicals added to processed foods, the things we touch, the air we breathe, it all ends up at your liver.

Your liver is a super organ, working 24/7 to flush out what your body doesn’t need and provide the rest of your body with blood optimized for peak performance.

The problem is, we throw so much at our liver that sometimes it can get overwhelmed.

If you’ve recently noticed fatigue, centralized body fat or brain fog in your day-to-day life, then a liver detox may be exactly what you’re looking for to get back on track.

A liver detox can help your liver work smarter, not harder.

What Do Toxins Do To My Liver?

According to Merriam Webster, a toxin is defined as:

“A poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.”

Simply put toxins are chemicals that are harmful to your body in large doses.

There are a number of toxins found in nature. Some of them come from our food, others we breathe in or are absorbed through the skin.

Known toxins include:

  1. Lead
  2. Mercury
  3. Bisphenol A (BPA)
  4. Asbestos
  5. Chlorine
  6. Pesticides
  7. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/rBST)

Accumulating these toxins makes it harder for our liver to function appropriately, to go along with other potential health risks.

Not having the proper nutrition along with the accumulation of toxins can further overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification process.

If certain functions in our body are not running at optimum levels, this can also leave toxins or waste products in our body much longer than expected.  

For instance, the health of our intestinal tract is key to eliminating toxins efficiently.  If your gut is unhealthy, you can reabsorb toxins through the intestinal lining, which pass to your liver.  

At this point, your body is on toxin overload. What was once a well-oiled machine is struggling to get through the day.

Possible signs of toxin overload may include the following:

  • PMS symptoms, including mood swings and depression around cycle time
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Cyclic insomnia, night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Centralized body fat
  • Brain fog
  • Been on BHRT, but symptoms are returning

How Do I Detox My Liver?

There’s never going to be a one-size-fits all solution to any medical issue.

Your age, diet, environment and a multitude of other factors are going to have an impact to varying degrees.

Because of this there are a number of different types of detox programs designed to meet specific needs.

It can be difficult to figure out which one of the seemingly thousands of options for liver detox programs you should be following.

Before you start any of these, you should check that it has these three goals in mind. Without them, you won’t get the full benefits of a liver detox program.

1. Healthy Digestive Tract

One of the main functions of the liver is to filter chemicals coming through the digestive tract. Any good detox program should be trying to send fewer toxins through the digestive tract.

It seems like a simple concept, but it’s an important one. If you want your liver to get a chance to recover, you have to give it a break.

One of the easiest ways to move towards a healthier digestive tract is to cut out alcohol and sugary drinks like soda.

2. Balancing your hormones.

Your hormones can control a number of different aspects of your health, from your sex drive to weight gain and loss.

Hormonal imbalance can put added stress on your liver that we’re trying to avoid during our detox.

To help balance your hormones, cut down on caffeine, get regular exercise and get on a regular sleep schedule.

3. Eating right

You see in media all the time that people need to eat “healthy” but the specifics of what it means to eat healthy are rarely found.

When it comes to a liver detox, your diet should consist of healthy fats found in foods like nuts, avocados and olives.

You should also be taking in a moderate amount of protein from fish like Salmon or Tuna.

Lastly make sure your diet is low in carbs for the duration of your detox. That means cutting down on potatoes, pasta and rice.

How Can I Avoid Toxins After My Liver Detox?

A liver detox, while necessary at times, isn’t going to be your permanent solution.

If you want to keep the stress off your liver, you’re probably going to have to make some adjustments.

Unfortunately toxins are found just about everywhere today and it takes a proactive mind to on top of it all.

You’re never going to eliminate them from your life completely, but you can significantly decrease your exposure if you work at it.

Much of this exposure can come from products we have just lying around the house.

One of the best resources to identify which products may be introducing  you to toxins is EWG. They have a database devoted to household productsand the chemicals they put in them.

They have also created a similar database for cosmetic products, which many people use on their skin every single day.

Other quick ways to help support natural detox on a daily basis include:

  • Taking nutritional supplements like Vitamin C, methylated B vitamins, milk thistle, selenium and alpha lipoic acid.
  • Cooking with sulfur-containing foods like garlic, leeks, and onions.
  • Preparing more cruciferous vegetables – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.
  • Drinking green tea

Learn More About Liver Detox

At Essential Health and Wellness, we help our patients get everything they need to have a healthy liver.

We’ll work with you and your family to come up personalized solutions to help you be the best version of yourself.

We offer a variety of services from primary care to consultations.

Learn more about our wellness programs or get started today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

The Essential Health and Wellness Team

Written by The Essential Health and Wellness Team

As integrative and functional medicine providers, the Essential Health & Wellness team will always take a personalized approach to your care. Our board-certified physicians and advanced care practitioners believe in treating people, not symptoms, and place wellness and prevention at the forefront of our practice.

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