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Your liver is a powerhouse organ, tirelessly working to process toxins, filter blood, and support digestion. However, in today's world filled with environmental pollutants and processed foods, our liver often needs a little extra care. Here are five effective strategies to provide optimal support for your liver.
Nourish with protective foods
The first step in supporting your liver is to incorporate a diet rich in liver-protective foods. Berries, cauliflower, leafy greens, and wild-caught fatty fish are all champions in this category. Additionally, vegetables like bok choy, cabbage, and turnips offer a plethora of nutrients that aid in detoxification processes. Don't forget to include beans and nuts for an extra boost. Meanwhile, steer clear of added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and inflammatory oils, opting for wholesome, home-cooked meals whenever possible.
Embrace liver-loving lifestyle choices
Cultivating habits that promote liver health extends beyond the plate. Engaging in daily movement stimulates blood flow and supports overall metabolic function, benefiting the liver. Using a sauna helps eliminate toxins through sweat, providing a significant boost to your body's natural detoxification process. Mindfully selecting beauty and cleaning products that are free from harmful chemicals, as suggested by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), reduces the toxic burden on your liver. Prioritize organic produce to limit exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Lastly, ensure you get adequate, restorative sleep, as it plays a crucial role in the body's rejuvenation and detoxification.
Stay hydrated with clean water
Hydration is key to any detoxification process, and the liver is no exception. Start your day by drinking 2-3 liters of filtered water, especially in the morning. Opt for clean, filtered water sources over tap water or plastic bottles whenever possible (try Stay Pure for on the go or Aquatru for your home set up). Proper hydration supports the liver's functions by aiding in the transport of nutrients and the elimination of waste products.
Harness the power of digestive bitters
Digestive bitters are herbal concoctions that stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and bile, aiding in the breakdown of food. Taking digestive bitters approximately 15 minutes before meals can help optimize digestion and support liver health. Look for quality, organic bitters at health food stores or try our favorite Digestive Juice.
Incorporate targeted supplements
Certain supplements can provide targeted support for your liver. Products like LivCo by Standard Process or AdvaClear by Metagenics are specially formulated to promote optimal liver function. Additionally, incorporating dandelion tea into your routine can provide gentle yet effective liver support.
Caring for your liver is a cornerstone of overall health and well-being. By incorporating these five strategies - nourishing foods, lifestyle choices, proper hydration, digestive bitters, and targeted supplements - you can provide your liver with the support it needs to thrive. Here's to your liver's well-deserved TLC!
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Kendall is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She received her certificate of Nutritions Sicence from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University.
Chloe holds a bioengineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. As a breast cancer survivor, her insights shape The Lanby's patient-centric approach. Leveraging her healthcare strategy background, Chloe pioneers concierge medicine, bridging gaps in primary care.
Tandice was recognized with the Health Law Award and named a Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar at Columbia Law School. Tandice's editorial role is enriched by her insights into patient autonomy and gene modification legalities. Passionate about bioethics, she is committed to crafting patient-centric healthcare solutions.
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