Did you know the word “liver” comes from an Old English word for “life”? That’s because the length and quality of your life are linked to the healthy function of your liver. Every day this amazing organ manufactures roughly 13,000 chemicals, maintains 2,000 enzyme systems, filters 100 gallons of blood, and produces about a quart of bile to assist with digestion.
And because the liver is responsible for cleaning the blood that nourishes the rest of the body, a weak or overburdened liver affects every other organ and system of the body. The good news is there are simple things you can do every day to promote healthy liver function. Check out these 5 simple tips!
- Go Organic. Many foods today are contaminated with pesticides, chemical additives, and even growth hormones and antibiotics—all of which put added stress on your liver. Opt for fresh, organic foods whenever possible, including meats from organically raised, grass-fed animals.
- Avoid Saturated Fats, Trans Fats and Sugar. The Standard American Diet (or SAD) is high in heavily processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods that may impact the health of your liver. Try adding more low-sugar fruits, non-starchy veggies, protein sources and beneficial Omega-3 fats to your daily diet.
- Limit Your Alcohol Intake. Alcohol can damage healthy liver cells and may contribute to inflammation. While it’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages altogether, make it a point to be aware of how often and how much you drink, and limit alcohol consumption as much as possible.
- Cleanse & Detox Regularly. As the body’s primary detox organ, the liver requires specific nutrients to be effective. In addition to regular total-body cleansing, many people benefit from using an herbal formula like our Liver Detox™, which is designed to assist with your body’s natural liver detoxification process and help protect your liver cells for better health and well-being.*
- Exercise. Regular exercise (at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) has been shown to support healthy liver function by stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation, which in turn helps eliminate toxins from the body and supports healthy liver function.