Liver Health

Tips on how to strengthen your liver

This is a throwback glamour shot of me 11 years ago during my heavy drinking days.

The liver is an important organ and performs over 500 different functions. Some of its main jobs include: detoxifying our blood, producing the bile needed to digest fat, breaking down hormones. Everything you consume gets processed by your liver.  A large proportion of people in modern society indulge in too much overly processed food, sugar, and alcohol. As a result, most people have a liver that is overworked and sluggish.

So what can you do to support your precious liver?

1. Reduce your exposure to air-borne toxins:

  • Smoke
  • Gasoline
  • Paint & Glue
  • Cleaners
  • Nail polish & Perfumes

2. Reduce exposure from food/drink toxins:

  • Alcohol
  • Preservatives
  • Dyes
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Heavy metal in large fish – stick to wild caught salmon
  • Contaminated water – invest in a filtration unit
  • Chlorinated and brominated products (found in almost all commercially produced breads and bread products)
  • Switch to non-toxic and plant-based, cleaning and personal care products and eliminate petroleum-based preservatives in skin and hair care products.

3. Eat foods rich in glutathione

These foods are rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver

Grapefruit

Cabbage

Walnuts

Avocados

Brussels sprouts

Garlic

Dandelion

Leafy Green Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables

Asparagus

4. Use herbs

-Milk thistle- Contains the flavonoid silymarin, which is responsible for protecting and detoxifying the liver.

– Dandelion Root –  A potent liver tonic that helps cleanse the liver and aid in detoxification.

-Turmeric- Also known in Chinese medicine as YU JIN.  This is the liver’s favorite spice and helps assist in liver function and detoxification.

Luscious liver detox latte

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Coconut Milk

1/2 Tsp. Turmeric fresh or 1 tsp powder

1 tbsp fresh ginger root

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves and cardamon (for a deeper flavour)

1 Tsp. Raw Honey or a few drops of liquid stevia

1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp. ghee (no salt), or MCT oil, or coconut oil (I prefer MCT)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put milk, spices, ginger, in a small saucepan and heat on low. Stir until the turmeric is incorporated well and has turned the milk a golden color.
  2. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until the spices are fully incorporated. Take off heat.
  3. Add in the coconut oil or ghee or MCT oil
  4. Blend the mixture in a blender or an immersion blender works well too (make sure not too hot!) until a froth has formed when you stop the blender.
  5. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

5. Take supplements (select a couple)

– Alpha Lipoic Acid:  Helps promote liver regeneration and has extremely potent antioxidant capabilities.

-B vitamins- Helps prevent fatty buildup and cirrhosis.

-Vitamin C- antioxidant to help assist in liver function.

– Phosphatidylcholine (PC)- Helps liver cells regenerate.

–  NAC- (N acetylcysteine)- Increases glutathione levels (powerful antioxidant) and protects the liver.

6. INCORPORATE ACUPUNCTURE &TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Repressed emotions can also lead to dysfunctions in the human body. Anger is the emotion associated with the liver in Chinese medicine. It is important to acknowledge where these feelings of anger and irritability are coming from. In order to be receptive to healing we must let go of any of these negative feelings of anger and guilt. Forgive yourself, forgive others, live the life you want to live, express yourself, love yourself and everyone around you unconditionally. Acupuncture sessions with a registered acupuncturist can assist in liver health and balance the emotions.

Acupuncture Point for liver health

Liver 3 – This powerful point balances the Liver.

It is located between the big toe and the second toe. Start where the base of these two toes join on the foot and slide your finger toward the ankle. The point is located at the “V” in the bones where your finger stops. Massage point on both feet for a few minutes a day.

What do you do to assist in liver detoxification?

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