One of the key roles of the liver is to detoxify harmful or chemical substances from the body such as environmental chemicals, pesticides, drugs, alcohol and other toxins. The liver also has key roles in food breakdown, glucose storage, and metabolism.
The key then to detox or cleanse the liver so-to-speak, is to reduce exposure of the liver to substances which can overload this vital organ. The good news too is that the liver is remarkably efficient at renewing itself and so when given a chance the cells in the liver regenerate and work as they should.
To help your liver work more at an optimal level, try these strategies:
Hydrate Provide your liver with enough water it needs to effectively eliminate and detoxify. Avoiding further dehydration; by limiting your tea or coffee intake to no more than 2 cups a day.
Alcohol is a direct toxin to the liver and so excessive intake can lead to liver cell damage. Stick to safe limits when drinking, 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men no more than 5 days per week.
Fats Trans fats found in processed and packaged foods as well as excessive intake of saturated fats found in animal products such as fatty cuts of meats can overwhelm the liver’s ability to deal with these and can contribute to fatty liver disease, which is where the liver becomes “clogged” with excess fatty tissue making it less efficient.
The over consumption of sugar can result in fatty liver disease just like mentioned above. Also, insulin resistance can occur where your body becomes less able to handle and process dietary sugars.
A healthy liver requires a healthy digestive system as the two are linked. Staying regular and avoiding constipation is key. If that’s the case try increasing fiber slowly to avoid bloating or introducing in a good probiotic supplement.