|The liver is one of your most important organs but it is also your most forgiving, so forgiving in fact that you can be left with only a portion of your liver functioning and it can regenerate into a whole liver again. Ironically, it is much more forgiving than our hearts, which once damaged will only partially recover. This also means that with just a little bit of love, your liver will reward you by making sure you feel energetic, vital and healthy.
There are many functions that your liver is responsible for, but one of the most important is the process of detoxification. This is a process that the liver carries out every day and every night.
We often talk about doing a ‘detox’ but in reality your body is busy detoxing all the time. I picture the liver to be similar to someone working in an office with lots of files on their desk. These files need to be processed and either recycled, filed (stored), or disposed of (eliminated).
These problems arise when we add ‘liver loaders’ to our daily life. Liver loaders increase the number of ‘files’ that need to be processed and result in a desk (or liver) piled high with paper (toxins) that cannot possibly be processed in the allotted time! So what happens to these ‘files’? They are thrown back into your blood stream, half processed and often more damaging than before.
To compound this problem some of the liver loader ‘files’ like alcohol are marked URGENT and need to be dealt immediately, stopping the liver from doing other health supporting jobs. You can feel this if you have had too much alcohol in the evening. You drop off to sleep ok but wake at 2 or 3 am feeling hot and agitated from an over stimulated, overworked liver.
So what are these ‘liver loaders’? Alcohol of course but also caffeine, cigarettes, trans fatty acids, stress hormones, refined sugar, refined flours, pesticides, heavy metals and a lot of food additives.
If you want to do a detox, limiting the liver loaders is the best and simplest way to start. Cut down or even better, eliminate alcohol, caffeine, processed and refined foods, refined sugar and flours and conventionally grown foods.
Replace these with plenty of fresh water, organic foods, good quality proteins, an alkaline diet, a good nights sleep, sensible sun exposure, vitamin D, exercise and happy hormones (also called endorphins) from fun and laughing.
If you want to take it even further, give your liver some love and attention by increasing your intake of nutrients like B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium and zinc. Sulfur containing foods like garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, bok choy) are also wonderful.
Another vital liver nutrient is your Essential Fatty Acids. EFA’s help make the cell membrane more permeable allowing nutrients in and wastes to leave the cell, so they are essential for any detox program.
So make sure you're loving your liver and ensure you continue to ‘detox’ everyday!
Article supplied by Janine Tait, Founder & Creator of Bestow Beauty.