5 Easy Ways to Improve Liver Function

It’s been a while since I wrote a post on digestion. Good digestion really is the foundation to all other bodily functions. I already wrote about practices that lead to better digestion in one of my first posts, 5 Steps to Better Digestion. I also posted on how raw food and bitter greens such as, dandelion greens, can improve digestion.   Today, I want to tell you more about the liver.

The liver has so many critical functions within the body, one of which is metabolizing hormones. This is a key link between your digestive system and hormonal balance. If your liver is not functioning optimally, neither will your hormones. You can impact the health of your liver by what you put in (and keep out) of your body.liver

 Here are 5 easy ways to improve the function of your liver:

  1. Start the day with lemon water: fresh squeezed lemon juice and water stimulates the liver to produce bile, which is required to digest fats in your food. It also helps to create new enzymes, regulate blood sugar and acts as an antioxidant. If you find that the lemon is too sour, add a tiny bit of honey, maple syrup or stevia. Oh, and make sure you either brush your teeth afterwards or swish your mouth with fresh plain water as the acid in the juice can slowly erode tooth enamel.
  2. Use detoxifying seasonings: turmeric helps to increase the production of bile, one of the liver’s key excretions. It also helps to regenerate liver cells. Garlic contains nutrients that flush out toxins and protect the liver from damage caused by them. Add raw garlic to salad dressings and guacamole. Try some Indian cooking, which incorporates both turmeric and garlic or add turmeric directly to your lemon water and gulp it back!liver
  3. Eat your cruciferous vegetables: I keep talking about cruciferous veggies (see my post, Cruciferous Veggies for Hormonal Balance) because they are so good for you! This family of vegetables has cleansing, detoxifying properties so they are wonderful for your liver. The old standbys are broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage but there are so many more to try. Kale, Brussel sprouts, turnip, mustard greens, arugula, bok choi, and watercress are some others.
  4. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, drugs: anything foreign to the body such as drugs, (yes, caffeine and alcohol are drugs), require metabolism and elimination by the liver. The more drugs you take into your body, the more work your liver has to do. If the liver is too busy managing the drugs in your body, the less time it has for the rest of its functions, like helping you digest your food and metabolizing your hormones.liver
  5. Avoid fatty foods: processed and fatty foods cause congestion and fatty deposits in the liver, which impede function. Eat whole foods and home-made meals as much as you can and steer away from processed convenience foods and deep fried fast foods.

If you follow these suggestions, trust me, you’ll feel more energy and vitality, your digestive system will function better and your hormonal balance will improve as a result.

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