Have you been neglecting your liver? There are plenty of signs you made need a liver detox, so maybe it’s time we talked about how to cleanse your liver.
There are so many ways and reasons to do a liver detox, and there’s plenty of confusion regarding this subject, so I thought it would be best to take a look at exactly what benefits cleansing and detoxing your liver will have on your overall health.
Your liver is a complex and hardworking organ, and executes hundreds of functions every day.
Everything you eat and drink basically goes through your liver, and will be processed accordingly; either it will be made available for your body to use, or it will be eliminated as waste.
It’s really classified as a gland, but it’s the largest organ in the body, and is part of your complex digestive system.
Here are some facts about your liver you may not know.
As you can see by the many complex roles your liver has, taking it for granted can have serious consequences.
Your liver is under a constant work load. As mentioned before, everything you eat or drink is pretty much passed through your liver, and it has a major influence on your overall wellness.
As an example, let’s take a look at what goes on when you take in an excessive amount of sugar.
Let’s say you have a sweet tooth, and don’t like coffee, so you reach for a can of soda first thing in the morning.
To me it sounds a bit disgusting, but I see people do it all the time.
You may not give it a second thought, but your liver is genuinely insulted by this assault of sweetness.
Remember there are ten teaspoons of sugar in a can of regular soda. That’s just a bit over your daily recommended amount!
It doesn’t take long, about twenty minutes in fact, for your liver to spring into action.
You’ll experience a sugar rush, causing a spike in your insulin level as your pancreas responds to the signals it’s getting.
Next, your liver begins gathering up any glucose it can, and turning it into fat, if the glucose is not put to immediate use by your muscles or other cells.
This fat can be accumulated throughout the body, but oftentimes settles in the abdomen area or even the liver itself, and can lead to what’s known as fatty liver disease.
Glucose is so important for a healthy life that if you don’t ingest enough of it, your liver can actually manufacture it.
So sugar, or glucose, it good, right?
Right, with a qualification.
The right amount of glucose is absolutely essential, but too much of a good thing can be disastrous.
About an hour after you ingest a can of soda, you may experience a sugar crash. You’ll feel sluggish and maybe even a bit irritable, and you’ll be looking for your next sugar fix.
There are many reasons your liver can begin to deteriorate and show signs of unhealthiness. Below are just a few of the things for which you need to be on the lookout.
As much as we take our liver for granted, it is still kind enough to give us some warning signals when things are beginning to annoy it.
Below is a list of signs that it may be time for a liver detox
This is just a partial list, and I know all these symptoms sound scary.
Remember that they could also be associated with many other health issues, and it’s best to consult your doctor if you have concerns about any aspect of your health.
Fortunately, unless you’ve already done some serious damage to your liver, it’s fairly easy to keep it healthy.
Below are a few ways to ensure that your liver stays in tip top shape.
No juicer? If you have a decent blender you can still treat your liver right. Check out this green smoothie recipe that’s loaded with liver-loving goodness!
Some foods naturally aid in liver function and as a bonus they are absolutely delicious. Many of these are probably already in your daily routine, but if not, it’s easy to work these healthy items in.
As you can see, plenty of your favorites may already be listed here.
Loving your liver is not that hard to do. Working a few extra herbs, fruits, and vegetables into your day will not only improve your overall health, but will also assist your hardworking liver.
Show your liver some respect and it will reward you will great health!
To your ever increasing health!
Ted is a writer and avid researcher on the subject of nutrition and general wellness. He has recently published books on Sugar Detox as well as the inflammation epidemic, and continues to improve his knowledge by constantly remaining up to date with the latest news and trends in the nutrition world. When not busy writing, you can find him playing banjo and guitar, or outside fishing.