IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY LIVER
The liver is one of the most important organs in the human body, and one of the hardest working. Helping our liver to function well is of huge importance to our physical and mental wellbeing. The filtering function of your liver means that unwanted toxins, microorganisms, metabolic waste and chemicals are constantly been removed from our bloodstream. Toxins do not build up in the liver, contrary to popular belief , in fact any toxins that cannot be removed are re-homed into our body’s fat reserves. But the liver is far more than just a filter, it restores vitality to our blood, the fuel of life.
As well as being responsible for toxic waste removal, the liver also produces bile for digestion of fats and fat-soluble nutrients, helps produce and store vitamins A and D, regulates and removes excessive oestrogen. The liver has to work extremely hard when we are under stress, sleep deprived, struggling emotionally, when our diet is lacking in nutrition or consuming high levels of alcohol. In traditional Chinese medicine the liver is the boss when it comes to balanced energy supply, hormone health and emotional wellbeing. When you take steps to keep your liver supported and healthy you will notice benefits such as, clearer skin, more energy, improved digestive health with less bloating and better bowel function. If you would like more information on any of the products mentioned you can contact me instore and I will be happy to help.
Your liver works hard to keep you healthy, some tips to help support it include:
Avoid ingesting and absorbing chemicals..through food, cosmetics and cleaning products. Switch to natural skincare and bodycare products. Use natural cleaning products where possible. Our healthstores stock a large range of these, so check them out.
Eat a wide variety of nutrient rich foods – the liver relies on a wide varied diet to provide it with the complex list of nutrients needed for neutralising toxins. Include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, as well as good quality protein and wholegrain carbohydrates.
Use liver supportive herbs – there are many safe liver supportive herbs available here in the healthstores. Dandelion, Nettle or Milk thistle can offer ongoing liver support where appropriate. We will always advise you which one is more suitable for your specific needs. ACTIVE LIVER is an excellent supplement in tablet form that assists in promoting a healthy liver and helps you detox on a daily basis. I am also a big fan of the Irish brand MACANTA’S MILK THISTLE COMPLEX. This one a day capsule is a powerful combination of liver supportive herbs along with the immune boosting benefits of Vitamin C.
Until next time, stay healthy