Importance of the liver for detoxification

Importance of the liver for detoxification

Everyday we are exposed to toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, air pollution, and personal care products. 

While it is impossible to remove all toxins from our lives, supporting our liver daily can help lower our risk of disease. 

Manmade toxins and biological toxins can accumulate due to impaired liver function, which is why maintaining good liver health is crucial.  Our liver is a vital organ that supports the body’s detoxification system. 
One way the liver removes toxins is by removing toxins categorized as fat-soluble or water-soluble toxins. The liver metabolizes fat-soluble toxins to convert them into water-soluble toxins and then removes them by urine or bile.

Fat-soluble toxins tend to store in the fat tissue and can build up over time.
Water-soluble toxins are easier to remove via the kidneys.

The liver has two phases for detoxification once the fat-soluble toxins are converted to water-soluble toxins.
The kidneys play a role to support the liver by filtering out toxins moved into the bloodstream and eliminating them via urine. The digestive system supports the liver once toxins move into the bile and are eliminated via our bowel movements.
Below are a few ways to support your liver health and detoxification:
  • Incorporating B vitamins
  • Antioxidants from nutrient-dense food sources
  • Minerals (magnesium, zinc)
  • Adequate fiber intake 
  • Liver-supporting herbs
  • Kidney-supporting herbs
  • Castor oil packs
  • Coffee enemas
  • Hydration
  • Humic & Fulvic binders
  • Supporting gut health
  • Incorporating sulfur-rich food sources (broccoli sprouts)
  • Lowering toxin exposure (switching out personal care products/household products)
  • Sleep
  • Maintaining proper blood sugar levels throughout the day
  • Reducing alcohol intake 
  • Lowering internal/external stress
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but for educational purposes only.
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