Nutritional Tips for a Healthy Liver
Did you know that your liver performs over five hundred different functions? That’s a lot of work. The liver is actually one of the body’s largest organs.
To give you an idea of just how busy your liver is, here are just some of the functions it serves. It helps to break down fats to produce energy, it removes alcohol from your blood and gets rid of by-products let over from the breakdown of medications. It has the ability to convert the nutrients in our diets into substances that the body can use, it stores these substances, and then supplies cells with them when needed. It can also absorb toxic substances and convert them into harmless substances, or makes sure they are released from the body.
The liver has an incredibly important role when it comes to the thyroid hormone metabolism. And did you know that your liver and intestines make up 80% of the cholesterol you need to stay healthy?
With all of that going on, we want to make sure we keep our livers happy and not make them sluggish.
A Sluggish Liver
Just like with any other part of our body, if we don’t care for them properly our livers will begin to function in a suboptimal way. Here are some signs of a sluggish liver: chronic fatigue, swelling in the legs and ankles, hypothyroid issues, moodiness, dry itchy skin, vertigo, waking up between 2am – 3am, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and right-sided shoulder pain.
But there are things we can do to keep our livers happy. Such as eating foods like; garlic, grapefruit, broccoli, beets, carrots, green tea, dark leafy greens, Ganoderma lucidum also known as Reishi mushroom, lemon water, turmeric, plus many more. You can do a quick Google search for a more complete list. Or stop on by for a consult with us, we’d love to chat.
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Here’s to Your Health,