There are so many things that your liver does for you, included in that is its role in detoxification – think of your liver as a super cool filter.
Last week I talked about how the liver goes about detoxifying our bodies (watch it here) and this week I thought I would talk about 5 things that you can do to support this important process. (3:15).
So to recap:
The liver is the primary detoxifier in our body. When a toxin gets to our liver, it goes through a couple of phases. First there is Phase I – here some toxins are converted so that they can be safely excreted from the body. Those toxins that aren’t ready to be excreted are converted into intermediates that will then move onto Phase II. Here they are conjugated, and finally excreted from the body.
Bottom line, it’s really important that these two phases are working efficiently and together.
That is why these 5 tips help to support this detoxification pathway.
1. Reduce exposure to toxins
We are inundated every day with various different toxins so whatever you can do to reduce that burden on your liver will go a long way. You can reduce your toxin exposure by using more natural products like your cleaning supplies and personal care products.
2. Eat more cruciferous veggies
There’s a compound in cruciferous vegetables (indole-3-carbinol) that helps to stimulate Phase 1 and Phase 2. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy and cabbage.
3. Have some liver supporting herbs
There are many herbs that can support the healthy functioning of the liver but two herbs in particular that help with detoxification are milk thistle and turmeric. Both herbs help to stimulate Phase II and are antioxidants.
4. Boost your antioxidants
So what do antioxidants have to do with it? Remember how intermediates are produced after Phase I? If Phase II isn’t working efficiently, these intermediates can be even more toxic to the body and cause free radical damage. Having a good supply of antioxidants around helps to neutralize those free radicals. The best sources of antioxidants in your diet are dark coloured vegetables and berries, like dark leafy greens and berries.
5. Just eat real food
There is a boatload of different enzymes and amino acids that are required for Phase I and Phase II to work properly (and you need a bunch of different vitamins and minerals for this to happen). The best way to get this varied source of nutrients? Just eat a clean, whole foods diet and then your bases are covered.
So there you have it, 5 tips to help support your liver.
Look after your liver – it has a big job to do and needs your help.
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