10 signs your liver is sluggish and tips to help detoxify

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED TO SUPPORT LIVER HEALTH

When your liver is overwhelmed with the burden of high toxin exposure you start to feel the effects in your whole mind-body.

ACUTE SIGNS YOUR LIVER IS STRUGGLING INCLUDE:

  • Feeling sluggish, tired and fatigued constantly
  • White or yellow-coated tongue and/or bad breath
  • Weight gain – especially around the abdomen
  • Cravings and/or blood sugar issues
  • Headaches
  • Poor digestion
  • Feeling nauseas after fatty meals
  • Intolerant to strong smells such as perfumes
  • Pain in the right side of your stomach
  • Skin breakouts; acne, rashes

If your liver is under stress for a long time a condition called fatty liver develops. Fatty liver is the build-up of excess fat in the liver. It’s a common condition in Western countries, affecting 1 in 10 people. Serious conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cirrhosis and cancer ensue after fatty liver.

THREE TIPS TO SUPPORT LIVER DETOXIFICATION

Remove foods that are especially harmful to your liver
  • Eliminate all refined and processed foods such as simple carbohydrates and refined sugar. This includes all biscuits, cakes, white breads, soft drinks and baked goods.
  • Substitute toxic and poor quality fats and oils like canola oil, corn oil, margarine and trans fats for good quality oils such as ghee, butter, coconut oil or rice bran oil.
  • Decrease animal products, especially red meat and processed meats.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce alcohol. If you have experienced 3 or more of the above symptoms end immediately.
  • Minimise/ Avoid coffee
Include foods into your diet that support liver and digestive function
  • Eat fresh, seasonal, wholefoods, fruits and vegetables. Preferably organic if this is an option.
  • Start the day with a big cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. Drink enough water throughout the day – 1 cup every hour.
  • Foods that support liver detoxification:
  • Beetroot, turmeric, onion, garlic, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables (especially the bitter kind such as Rocket, endive, dandelion leaves), wheat germ, legumes, grapefruit, lemon
  • A fresh juice of beetroot, ginger, carrot and celery daily greatly assists.
Herbal Medicine
  • St Marys Thistle

St Mary’s thistle is also commonly known as Milk Thistle. It is the best herb to restore liver cells. The liver of course is the organ that can easily regenerate itself. Milk Thistle stimulates detoxification as its balancing for both phases of detoxification. It also helps the liver to deal with fat better. Research shows Milk Thistle is effective in treating fatty liver disease (Cacciapuoti, et al, 2013). It’s a potent antioxidant so protects the liver from harmful free radicals and chemicals.

  • Dandelion Root

Traditionally Dandelion root is used to clear a sluggish or congested liver. In modern medicine it’s been shown to increases bile flow. Increased bile flow supports the removal of the packaged toxins through phase 2 to be eliminated from the body more efficiently. Increased bile flow also assists in strengthening digestive function and helps to relive constipation. Dandelion leaves are eater as a bitter green in a salad. The dried root also makes a tea and is often used a coffee substitute.

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