The liver is extremely important for our overall health since it converts toxins from the body into waste which are later removed through urine and feces,
Yet, over time, it can become sluggish and overwhelmed, which reduces its function, and toxins start accumulating as fat cells, usually in the belly area. This makes us prone to various health issues and ailments.
Dr.Axe explains that “just about any form of metabolic, digestive, immune or hormonal disorder can impact liver health. In addition, your lifestyle can make or break the health of your liver. Things that damage your liver include:
Chemically sprayed crops
Eating many packaged foods that contain refined oils and high amounts of sugar
Too much alcohol and caffeine
Prescription medication or antibiotic use
Drug use and unprotected sex
Low-quality animal products
High stress levels and hormonal imbalances
Air pollution and environmental toxin exposure
Using chemical household and beauty products”
When the fat levels in the liver are higher than normal, one develops a fatty liver disease.
This disease can be of two types, alcohol, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The first type occurs as a result of overindulgence in alcoholic drinks, while the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease caused by high cholesterol levels or genetics.
These are the most common symptoms that indicate that you need to detoxify the liver:
The poor metabolism of muscle tissues in the body causes acne, fatigue, as well as feelings of anger and depression.
The high toxin levels in the liver lead to hormonal imbalances that cause the outbreak of acne and various skin conditions.
When the function of the liver is impeded, it can also cause bad breath, despite the proper oral hygiene.
Unexplained Weight Gain
Since the liver cannot eliminate toxins from the body properly, fat starts to circulate from the gut through the bile and back to the organs, causing weight gain.
In the case of a reduced liver function, the body stores allergens, which can cause allergy symptoms like headaches, fogginess, and itchiness.
A proper diet is crucial when trying to detoxify the liver and prevent liver problems. Therefore, increase the intake of liver-friendly foods like bananas, liver, sweet potatoes, dandelion, and ginger.
According to Dr.Axe:
“The worst foods for your liver include:
Too much alcohol or caffeine
Packaged goods that contain refined vegetable oils, artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and colors
Fruits and vegetables heavily sprayed with chemical pesticides and herbicides (non-organic crops)
Factory-farmed animal products, farm-raised fish or conventional dairy (that has been pasteurized and homogenized)
Sugary drinks and snacks
To supply the body and the liver with the needed nutrients, start your day with a healthy smoothie.
The following one is one of the best options that help you improve the function of the liver:
1 chopped banana
A cup of Greek yogurt
Crushed ginger root
A teaspoon of dandelion root
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Mix the ingredients in the blender, and serve the smoothie right away. Enjoy!