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Love Your Liver

The liver is one of the primary organs of detoxification.

Major Functions

  • Filters your blood by removing harmful viruses, bacteria, yeasts, foreign substances and toxins

  • Metabolizes carbohydrates, fats, proteins

  • Breaks down and detoxifies old or excess hormones

  • Stores glycogen and fat soluble vitamins and minerals

  • Produces bile so that fats and vitamins can be digested

  • Balances blood sugar by releasing glycogen when blood sugar is low

  • Creates proteins needed for blood cells, hormones and the immune system

  • Detoxifies toxic chemicals so that they can be broken down and eliminated through bowel, skin, lungs and urine

  • Neutralises drugs and alcohol

Causes of Liver Dysfunction

  • High exposure to environmental toxins such as air pollution, pesticides on fruit and veg, cosmetics and cleaning products

  • Alcohol

  • Drugs

  • Medications

  • Heavy Metals

  • High amounts of hydrogenated fats in diet

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Gastrointestinal imbalances such as constipation, candida and leaky gut

Signs Of Liver Dysfunction

  • Yellow/white coated tongue

  • Irritability

  • Dark circles under eyes

  • Fatigue

  • Liver spots (brown spots/blemishes on skin)

  • Yellow sclera (white part of the eyes)

  • Headaches

  • Allergies

  • Excessive sweating

  • Skin rashes

  • Lack of appetite on waking

  • Indigestion after eating fatty foods

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Waking between 1-3am for no apparent reason

  • Poor skin tone

How to Support and Love your Liver

  • Protein at every meal for liver detoxification and to repair and renew cells

  • High intake of raw fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants and protect the liver

  • Caraway seeds, garlic, onions, turmeric and beetroot and Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts all stimulate liver detoxification enzymes

  • Vitamins and minerals especially the B vitamins,Vitamin C, magnesium, selenium and zinc

  • Essential fatty acids such as salmon, flaxseed, wheatgerm, walnuts and sesame

  • Herbs such as St Marys Thistle, Schisandra, Turmeric, Dandelion Root, Globe Artichoke and Rosemary all support liver detoxification and regeneration

  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and processed foods that are high in saturated fats such as deep fried foods, sugar and preservatives as these will burden and increase the toxic load on the liver

  • Exercise regularly to prevent a fatty liver and liver dysfunction

It is important to keep your liver in optimum health as it is the central organ to cleansing and detoxification.


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