The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and plays an important role in the process of digestion through regulation and by ensuring the release of post-digestive nutrients into the system.
The liver has multiple functions, but the main function within the digestive system is to process the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine. It plays an important role in helping digest and process carbs, proteins, and fats and storage of fat-soluble vitamins.
Bile from the liver which is secreted into the small intestines from the gallbladder plays an important role in digesting fats. It plays an important role in digesting fat. Bile is a combination of fluids, fat, cholesterol, bilirubin, bile salts, calcium, and lecithin. It plays an important role in the digestion and absorption of lipids and fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E, K.
Along with the kidneys, the liver is responsible for detoxing potentially harmful chemicals by breaking down and removing toxins and wastes from nutrient metabolism. The liver is also a filter that breaks down ammonia, one of the by products of the digestion of protein.
A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as a sluggish metabolism, gas, bloating, and constipation. It regulates blood sugar. If you have sugar cravings, fatigue, and fuzzy thinking it could be you have compromised liver. A toxic liver can lead to inflammation, which can lead to diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and autoimmune diseases. Hormonal imbalances can cause headaches, mood swings, and depression.
Things to help keep liver healthy:
Limit or avoid alcohol
Limit or avoid coffee (or drink organic decaf)
Avoid chemicals on body, and using chemicals cleaning your home.
Don’t heat up food in plastic
Eat organic food. Pesticides and herbicides are Xenoestrogens which effect the liver.
Supplements that help with detox the liver are:
N-acetyle L -cysteine which converts to glutathione. Some companies sell glutathione, but it is important to allow the body to convert things on it’s own. This is the same for collagen. Don’t spend a lot of money on collagen products. Increase you intake of Vitamin C which converts to Collagen in the body.
Green Tea is a great antioxidant that the liver loves.
Turmeric is fantastic but it works even better if it is carried with fat. Only some companies have this technology.
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