Liver Love for a Better Life by Goodhealth

Liver Love for a Better Life

November 8, 2023

Our bodies are exposed to toxins daily. We create waste in our bodies that we must detoxify and excrete, and we absorb toxins from our environment. These toxins can accumulate and cause significant health problems such as interfering with healthy lipid metabolism, impairing glucose management, reducing our thyroid function, and causing sex hormone imbalances. Our whole body plays a role in supporting our good health, but when it comes to detoxification, it is the liver that has the most crucial role. Do you know if yours is functioning as well as it could be? Read on to find out how you can give your liver the love that it needs.

Knowing your liver

Located under the right ribcage, the liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ, weighing around 1.4kg. It is also the largest gland and the only organ with two distinct blood supplies: one from the intestines, and one from the heart. The liver is responsible for hundreds of functions for the body. It processes nutrient rich blood from the digestive system and prevents toxic substances from entering the blood stream. It makes bile which helps the body to metabolise fat and it stores glucose, a sugar used in energy production. The liver also stores some vitamins and minerals during excess intake, releases them in times of need, and creates enzymes needed for detoxification. With so many functions in the body, a healthy liver is central to good health because, above all, the liver’s primary role in the body is detoxification.

Does your liver need some love?

Years of consuming sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and processed/refined vegetable fats can strain the liver. If you are experiencing fatigue, queasiness, digestion problems, head tension, afternoon sugar cravings or cellulite, are waking around 2am or have periods of intense anger; your liver needs some love. There are many herbs that can support your liver. These can be consumed in your diet or taken as a tea or supplement. Keep an eye out for rosemary, dandelion, globe artichoke, schisandra, burdock, turmeric, yellow dock, and St Mary’s (milk) thistle.

Supporting your digestive system

Healthy and unhealthy microbes colonise the digestive system producing helpful and harmful chemicals. Eating a range of prebiotic and probiotic foods (or taking a supplement) can support the microbiome so that there are more beneficial microbes, and less toxicity. Some nutrients needed for detoxification are also absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, so for good liver health, we must also look after the gut. Choline, copper, and vitamins B1, B3, B6, A, D3, and folate, are especially important for liver health. Research has shown that the fatty acids in animal fats support liver function and the prevention of fatty liver. Animal foods, in general, contain all the nutrients required to support healthy liver function.

While eating liver-loving food, especially choline and vitamin B-rich foods – liver (lamb’s fry, chicken livers, etc.) and other organ meats, egg yolks, whole dairy, meats, fish, and shellfish, is a great way to support your liver, simple steps during the day can promote good liver health.

Ensure you are drinking enough water, reduce or eliminate liver loaders such as coffee and alcohol, and don’t forget to breathe! Simply relaxing the body and sitting and chewing thoroughly, stimulates the ‘rest, digest and repair’ nervous system so that the body can digest, absorb, and detoxify more easily. Small steps throughout the day can make a huge impact on your liver, and your everyday health.