Your liver is the body’s main protection system against toxicity. If it becomes overwhelmed, it is because it is burdened with toxins – you will definitely be aware of it. As the traditional Chinese saying goes, “You are as happy as your liver”.
The EPA estimates that an average American may be carrying 700 or so industrial chemicals in their bodies – quite a job for anybody’s liver!
Besides being subject to outer environmental chemicals, our livers are also exposed to chemicals that we consume intentionally, such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks and, ironically, medications.
In 2011, it was reported that more than 900 drugs were implicated in liver damage, including statins, hormonal contraceptives, and antibiotics. (Friedman SE, McQuaid KR, Grendell JH. Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Gastroenterology. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2002.)
Your liver’s function is to eliminate all toxic substances. Continuous, daily exposure to a wide, and increasing, variety of toxic chemicals will most likely injure your liver and cause you distress.
Early signs of liver problems are low energy and sluggishness. External indications of liver distress are when the whites of your eyes appear grey or yellow. Internal indications are biliousness, headaches, nausea, bitter taste in mouth; a swollen liver, sore to touch; jaundice, and cirrhosis.
So what can you do to help your liver?
Firstly, before selecting any off-the-shelf food and drinks, read the labels carefully. Be alert to product warnings and avoid those products with toxic ingredients, i.e. additional chemical additives.
The two main areas where you can take protective measures are Environment and Diet.
Clear toxic chemicals, such as toxic detergents, cleaners, paint, gasoline, pesticides, and herbicides, out of your home, taking the precaution of wearing gloves when handling them.
Bring fresh air into your home or workplace daily to clear away toxic chemicals in the air.
Consider installing water and air filters to remove toxic chemicals, and replace the filters regularly.
Above all, drink lots of water and focus on adding the following into your daily diet, for example,:
– Eat good oils (e.g.omegas), probiotics, and enzymes.
– Include some, if not all, of the following in your daily diet: lemons, turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, cinnamon, nutmeg, holy basil, lemon balm, dill, vanilla, cloves, garlic, rosemary, sea salt, burdock, seaweeds, spirulina, chlorella, cilantro, ginseng, red clover, astragalus, reishi mushrooms, and rose-hips.
Examples of the best kinds of vegetables to assist your liver in detoxing are carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, winter squash, kale, collard greens, chard, and spinach broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, bok choy, radishes, and mustard greens.
By taking more care in what you are exposing your liver to, you can avoid the possibility of toxic overload before it becomes a problem – after all, you do want a happy liver!
Topics: Toxins, Wellness, Fatigue, Toxicity, Cleansing