The liver is very important to our health as it converts toxins from the body into waste products, which are then excreted through urine and feces.
However, over time, it slows down, becomes overworked, becomes dysfunctional, and toxins begin to accumulate in fat cells and often in the abdominal area. This makes us prone to various health problems and diseases.
Dr. Ax explains, “Any metabolic, digestive, immune, or hormonal disorder can adversely affect liver health. In addition, your lifestyle can make or break your liver health. Things that can damage your liver include:
Crops sprayed with chemicals
Eating lots of packaged foods that contain refined oils and high amounts of sugar
Too much alcohol and caffeine
Prescription or use of antibiotics
Drug use and unprotected sex
Poor quality animal products
High stress and hormonal imbalance
Air pollution and environmental toxins
Use of chemical household and cosmetic products”
Fatty liver disease occurs when the amount of fat in the liver is higher than normal.
This disease can be of two types: alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The first type is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, while non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by cholesterol levels or genetics.
These are the most common symptoms that indicate the need for liver detoxification.
Poor metabolism of muscle tissue in the body can cause acne, fatigue, anger and depression.
High levels of toxins in the liver can lead to hormonal imbalances, which can lead to acne and various skin conditions.
In case of impaired liver function, bad breath may appear even with good oral hygiene.
Unexplained weight gain
Because the liver cannot properly remove toxins from the body, fat circulates from the intestines through the bile and then back into the organs, causing weight gain.
When liver function is impaired, the body stores allergens, which can cause allergy symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and itching.
A healthy diet is important to detoxify the liver and prevent liver disease. So, increase your intake of liver-friendly foods like bananas, liver, sweet potatoes, dandelions, and ginger.
According to Dr. Axe:
“The worst foods for the liver are:
Too much alcohol or caffeine
Packaged products containing refined vegetable oils, artificial ingredients, flavors and colors
Fruits and vegetables heavily sprayed with chemical pesticides and herbicides (inorganic crops).
Factory-farmed animal products, farm-raised fish, or conventional dairy (pasteurized and homogenized)
Sugary drinks and snacks
Start your day with a healthy smoothie to give your body and liver the nutrients it needs.
The following are some of the best options to help improve liver function.
1 chopped banana
A bowl of Greek yogurt
Crushed ginger root
A teaspoon of dandelion root
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Blend the ingredients in a blender and serve the smoothie immediately. Good night!