Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Your liver takes a lot of abuse, especially around the holidays. 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. In addition to detoxifying the body, the liver is also responsible for regulating glucose, manufacturing proteins, regulating hormones and cholesterol, and producing bile for digestion.
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.
With all these important tasks, are you taking care of your liver?
Optimizing Liver Function
There are many ways you can nourish and protect your liver. Here are three important ways to optimize and support liver function.
1. Protect liver cells
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
Improve your bile blow by eating bitter foods (endive, chicory, radicchio, mustard greens, dandelion leaf/root) and herbs (gentian, artichoke leaves, hops, barberry).
3. Improve detoxification
Improve your liver detox function 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.
3 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 made under strict European quality standards, this product combines standardized milk thistle along with turmeric and artichoke for optimal liver health.
Liver Support & Detox
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