Simple Tips to Support Liver Detoxification
The liver is a vitally important organ responsible for multiple metabolic and digestive functions. One of the most important roles of the liver is to detoxify the body by converting toxins into less harmful forms and eliminating them from our body. An under-functioning liver can manifest as symptoms including digestive issues, irregular fat metabolism, hormonal imbalance, malabsorption of nutrients, a weakened immune system and can cause neurological effects such as fatigue and poor concentration.
It is therefore so important to love our livers and give then the tools they need to keep us healthy and happy. Here are a handful of ways you can love your liver daily: Vegetables from the Brassica family Foods from the Brassica family. Think broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, cabbage, kale, and bok choy. Compounds found in these vegetables, most notably broccoli and Brussel sprouts, can boost the detoxifying enzymes in our liver. Garlic Include garlic in your meals. Garlic is a powerhouse of beneficial compounds for the body. It can enhance phase II liver detoxification and increases the synthesis of the important liver antioxidant glutathione. Protein Ensure you are eating enough protein - essential amino acids obtained from protein are vital for optimal liver function and detoxification pathways. Herbs and Spices Add 'liver loving' herbs and spices such as sage, turmeric, rosemary and cumin to your cooking to boost phase I and phase II liver detoxification. It’s an easy and delicious way to give your liver a helping hand. Dietary Fibre Increase dietary fibre to improve gastrointestinal function and reduce the load on the liver. The gastrointestinal system is an important elimination system. If it isn’t excreting toxins effectively then those toxins are reabsorbed to be dealt with by the liver. Along with dietary fibre, probiotics and pre-biotics will also promote healthy functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
Sleep Prioritise your sleep. I talk about sleep time and time again because it is just so important to our health. A study in the Journal of Anatomy found that sleep deprivation is linked to oxidative stress of the liver and metabolic disease. Aim for roughly 8 hours of sleep a night. Chemical Load Reduce your chemical load. We are exposed to a scary number of chemicals on any given day and our livers are left to clean up the mess. Chemical exposure comes from multiples sources including cosmetic and beauty products, cleaning products, chemical pesticides in our food, medications, food packaging and the list goes on and on. Try to minimise this exposure as much possible by choosing natural personal care products, using BPA free drink bottles and food containers, and buying organic fruit and vegetables. If you are stuck on where to start, websites like EWG offer fantastic guides on everything from healthy cleaning products to chemical-free insect repellents. About the Author - Casey Morgan-Kellow (Naturopath & Nutritionist) You can find this blog and more on Casey's website The Natural Path Health. Casey is a university qualified naturopath and nutritionist and has been consulting at Barangaroo Pharmacy for over 3 years. She writes content for her wellness website as well as other health and gym websites. She loves educating clients on all things naturopathy and encouraging people to lead their happiest healthiest life.
Disclaimer - The information provided here is general only. For specific health advice and before beginning any new supplements, diet or lifestyle changes, always consult your health practitioner or book in a health consultation with our university-qualified naturopaths and nutritionists.