6 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE LIVER, YOUR PRIMARY DETOXIFICATION ORGAN
Our skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ, with the Liver being another primary detoxification organ responsible for filtering toxins, detoxifying cholesterol, fats, hormones, pharmaceuticals, caffeine, alcohol and toxins found in our natural environment such as pesticides, pollutants and other bi-products.
When the liver is overloaded by these common toxins it can lead to a number of skin irritations, specifically adult acne. Non-alcoholic fatty liver in particular is where fat accumulates in the liver.
Globally 25% of adults now show signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver due to poor diet and other lifestyle factors. This is dangerous as it can lead to inflammation and slowed liver function.
When your liver function is not at its optimum it can lead to problems that go past the look and feel of skin, such as enzyme liver reduction (read more about why this is bad here), abdominal weight gain, hormone imbalances and even reduced collagen production.
6 WAYS TO SUPPORT LIVER FUNCTION AND PREVENT NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER
The most common foods that cause fatty liver are processed and refined foods.
Specifically breads, pastas, pizzas, potatoes, flour, rice, sugary drinks and anything with excess sugars, rising agents, artificial sweeteners and GMOs/pesticides. You can find our basic eating guidelines here.
Intermittent fasting is hugely beneficial for not only detoxification but supporting overall organ function and cell regeneration.
We break down the benefits of fasting further here.
3: MODERATE EXERCISE
Another major lifestyle factor that increases the risk of fat accumulating within the liver is a lack of exercise.
There are now studies that show even if you are not losing weight or eating super clean, yet are taking part in regular moderate exercise, you can significantly reduce your chance of developing fatty liver disease.
Please note that we specifically advise on moderate exercise as excessive exercise for women can lead to further inflammation. We break down why here.
4: ANTIOXIDANT INTAKE
Supplementing and consuming antioxidants regularly is so important. They are a powerhouse when it comes to liver disease, and studies have shown how the consumption of the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid has positive effects on fibrosis.
Antioxidants have also been studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits and function. You can find antioxidants such as Rosemary, MSM (a naturally occurring organosulfur antioxidant), HCL and Vitamin C in a substantial dose and bioavailable format within our Reforming Liquid making it a powerful addition to your antioxidant supplement routine.
5: FIBER CONSUMPTION
In particular soluble fibre consumption as the majority of people today are deficient. Soluble fibers help with your overall liver health, weight management and even bind to toxins helping flush out excess hormones and toxins from the body.
Our Radiance Powder formulation is rich in soluble fibres which are microencapsulated to ensure potency and adequate delivery through your body. Our Radiance Powder is also rich in diverse B vitamins that are essential if struggling with hormone imbalances. You can read more about hormone imbalance and natural remedies for the most common types of hormonal imbalances, especially in women, here.
Finally soluble fibres are is essential for individuals suffering from insulin resistance, leading onto our final point:
6: INSULIN RESISTANCE
Insulin levels can be kept stable mainly with proper diet and exercise. Insulin resistance is a growing problem especially in individuals adopting a vegan lifestyle due to their carbohydrate rich diet. A common consequence of insulin resistance is adult acne.
Read more about what leads to insulin resistance, and why it is important to keep your insulin levels stable here.
We hope this list helps you begin your liver health journey, and check out some of the above linked blog posts for further information on ways to optimize your detoxification organ health and function.