Introduction to natural liver detox
We live in a world that is chockfull of toxins be it in the air we breathe, our food, our water… so much so that their entrance into our bodies has become unavoidable.
Exposure to these toxins requires that all of the organs in your body work in synergy to maintain homeostasis – meaning everything needs to be in a certain balance in order to function optimally. If the function of one organ or system goes awry, the others will also be affected.
Your liver and kidneys play a vital role of filtering toxins out of your body, but your liver has an additional function of breaking down the present toxins in order to expel them from your body.
This enzymatic process occurs in two phases – breaking down the toxins and bonding these broken parts to other molecules that destroy the toxic substances and expel them from your body through sweat, urine and fecal matter.
When the liver becomes overburdened or overworked due to chronic exposure to toxins via the environment, diet, smoking, alcohol use, lack of sleep and poor stress management, it can slow down and cause a back-up of toxins in your system. This can impact many other systems and organs in your body resulting in various symptoms.
The following are just a few common symptoms of an improperly functioning liver:
- Weight gain/difficulty losing weight
- Fluid buildup in the belly or abdomen
- You bruise easily
- Painful gallstones
- Chronic itching
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Kidney failure
- Muscle loss
- Loss of appetite
- Unsightly skin conditions and liver spots
- Spider-like veins in the skin
- Low energy and frequent weakness (fatigue)
- Mental confusion as toxins build up in the blood
- A weakened immune system, leaving you unguarded against sickness, disease and infection
After reading the many potential consequences of a toxic liver, you may be wondering how you can support your liver to make sure it is functioning at its optimal level.
Many people think that by just making a few tweaks to their diet they can counteract the effects of toxic buildup. It is true that following a nutrient dense diet will support your liver and can help however it doesn’t have the same impact as cleansing/detoxing.
A cleansing program takes it a step further by helping eliminate the stored toxins therefore allowing your liver to reboot and rejuvenate.
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