What Are The Warning Signs That Your Liver Is Full Of Toxins?
Red wine in colder weather and champagne when it’s warm? Sounds perfect! If you are like me and enjoy the good things in life as YOLO, what is this doing to our liver, which is not only one of our largest internal organs but is also a gland.
What is the purpose of your liver?
The liver filters, processes and breaks down what passes through your body, including any chemicals, alcohol and drugs you take in, while producing glucose and bile, two important substances you need to stay healthy. It works very hard too as every minute of each day, it receives around 30% of your body’s blood, filtering and cleaning it before sending it back around your body.
Despite the liver being able to break down most of chemicals, if the extra work required to do this is excessive because of your lifestyle, it can cease to function effectively. When the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins and pollutants (alcohol, processed and fried foods) its natural working cycle slows down.
What are the signs your liver is full of toxins?
Pain In your liver
Swollen ankles and legs
Yellow eyes and skin
Dark urine colour
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
High cholesterol levels
If you have any of the above symptoms, read more here and please see your doctor as soon as possible.
What can we do about it?
It's time to care for this large, hardworking organ before you reach a time where you have any of the above symptoms.
Treat your liver well. A great start is to avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol, which doesn't only damage your liver cells over time, but can lead to scarring and swelling. Reduce the amount of fried and processed foods you eat. As with so many things we enjoy in life, everything in moderation.
The next step is to feed our livers with healthy nutrients. Many foods can help cleanse, rejuvenate and detoxify your liver.
Here are the top 10 liver-cleansing super-foods from Natural Remedy.
Garlic is excellent for cleansing your liver. It helps activate enzymes in the liver that help clear out toxins. It also contains two natural compounds, allicin and selenium, which aid in the liver-cleansing process and protect the liver from toxic damage.
Being an excellent source of vitamin C, pectin and antioxidants, grapefruit also aids the natural cleansing process of the liver.
Beetroots are another powerful food for cleansing and supporting liver function. High in plant flavonoids and beta-carotene, they help stimulate and improve overall liver function. Moreover, beetroots are natural blood purifiers.
Lemons help detoxify the liver mainly due to the antioxidant D-Limonene present in it, which helps activate enzymes in the liver that aid detoxification.
The high amount of vitamin C in lemons also helps your liver produce more enzymes to aid digestion. Lemons also boost mineral absorption by the liver.
5. Green Tea
By drinking green tea daily, you can help your body flush out toxins and fat deposits while increasing hydration levels.
Avocados contain potent chemicals that may reduce liver damage, as this fruit is rich in glutathione, a compound required by the liver to cleanse harmful toxins and to function correctly.
Turmeric is another favourite and useful liver-cleansing food and one that improves the body’s ability to digest fats.
The compound curcumin in turmeric induces the formation of a primary liver detoxification enzyme called glutathione S-transferase. It also helps regenerate damaged liver cells.
An apple a day helps maintain a healthy liver. Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fibre that helps remove toxins from the digestive tract and cholesterol from the blood, in turn preventing the liver from being overworked.
Moreover, apples contain malic acid, a natural cleansing nutrient that removes carcinogens and other toxins from the blood.
The high amount of the amino acid l-arginine in walnuts aids the liver in detoxifying ammonia. They also contain glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which assist the natural liver-cleansing process.
Broccoli is rich in glucosinolates, which help flush carcinogens and other harmful toxins out of the body. It also contains fat-soluble vitamin E, an essential antioxidant for the liver to carry out its functions.
An added bonus is the high fibre content in broccoli also improves the digestion process.
And one more tip.
According to home remedies, to keep your liver healthy it is recommended that you limit or reduce animal foods as well as alcohol, refined sugar, excess caffeine and processed foods and increase your water intake to stay hydrated and assist to cleanse your liver. Also, stop smoking as it causes significant damage to different organs of the body, including the liver.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.