Love Your Liver

Posted on by Margo Gladding

Your liver takes a lot of abuse. As a major organ of detoxification in the body, it must be able to process thousands of chemicals from food, your body, the environment, medications, and chemicals released from infectious organisms. Poor diet, overeating, excessive intake of fats, sugars, alcohol, and environmental agents can all negatively affect liver health. Your life depends on the liver's role in protecting your body from toxin build-up. If the liver isn't functioning optimally, then there is a greater chance of cellular damage throughout the body. Are you taking care of your liver? Three important ways to optimize liver function: 1) Protect your liver cells with the herb milk thistle, phosphatidylcholine, and antioxidants such as vitamin A, E, C, beta-carotene and selenium. 2) Improve bile flow by eating bitter foods (endive, chicory, radicchio, mustard greens, dandelion leaf/root) and herbs (gentian, artichoke leaves, hops, barberry). 3) Improve detoxification by eating garlic and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, etc.), eating protein (supplies important amino acids needed to bind toxic materials), and getting adequate amounts of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and zinc, which are essential components of many enzymes needed for detoxification. Three Pathway supplements designed to support liver health: Pathway LIVER DETOX - combines key herbs such as Oregon grape root, milk thistle, yellow dock and dandelion root to stimulate the liver and support healthy detoxification. Pathway MILK THISTLE EXTRACT PLUS - made under strict European quality standards, this product combines standardized milk thistle along with turmeric and artichoke for optimal liver health. Pathway LIVER SUPPORT & DETOX - features a targeted group of nutraceuticals (nutrients and botanical extracts) that helps provide the liver with important co-factors for normal, healthy detoxification.