Are You Suffering from a Sluggish Liver?
Fatigue is your liver’s way of telling you that it needs help. When your liver is not functioning optimally, you’ll gradually notice symptoms as the other systems in your body become burdened with toxins:
- Your Nervous System: Fatigue, Brain fog, Headaches, Tremors, Mood changes.
- Your Skin: Acne & Skin rashes.
- Your GI System: Bloating, Difficulty digesting fat
- Your Immune System: Allergies, Increased susceptibility to infection. Increased inflammation as well.
- Your Endocrine System: Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity.
- Your Reproductive System: Infertility, Estrogen dominance and exacerbation of PMS symptoms.
Are you looking for ways to improve your liver health? Or reduce your risk of liver damage or disease? Fill out the Detoxification Questionnaire and then schedule a free Discovery Call to learn how you can support your liver health, reduce your risk of liver disease, and improve your overall health.
Interested in learning more about the functional medicine approach to healthy liver function and clinically-supervised metabolic detoxification? Click below to allow Dr. Sarah Williams here in Concord, MA, to help.
Top 10 Foods to Include in Your Daily Meals to Support Healthy Liver Detoxification:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Chia Seeds
- Organic Bone broth
- Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, and black beans
- Herbs like milk thistle
- Wild-caught Salmon
*Grapefruit can interact with certain medications. Be sure to ask your PCP if grapefruit affects the medication you take.
Steps you can take to start reducing your body’s toxic burden:
- Eat a Clean, Healthy Diet:
- Choose: organic, non-GMO fruits & vegetables; wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef; free-range poultry. Check here for the EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides and Produce.
- Avoid: Processed foods; fast foods; food additives like MSG, BHT. BHA. benzoate, sulfites, food coloring including FD& C yellow, #5, #6, etc. ; hormones & antibiotics in animal products; artificial sweeteners; high consumption of mercury-containing large fish(such as albacore tuna and swordfish); aluminum cookware.
- Drink Clean:
- Choose: Purified/Filtered water; Drink plenty of water every day – about half your body weight in ounces – and preferably from glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers.
- Avoid: Bottled water; chlorinated drinking water; soft drinks. Consider limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages as alcohol strains your body’s detoxification system.
- Breathe Clean: How clean is the air in your home? Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter to improve the quality of your indoor air.
- Cleanse Your Personal Care Products: Avoid using cosmetics containing: diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), nitrosamines (these are just a few of the many toxic chemicals found in cosmetics);
- Avoid shampoo that contains polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, DMDM hydantoin, sodium lauryl sulfate, coal tar, polysorbates 60 & 80, FD & C 60 & 80.
- Avoid toothpaste that contains saccharin, FD & C Blue 1 or polysorbate 80.
- Avoid deodorants/Antiperspirants that contain aluminum.
- Cleanse Your Home & Work Environment:
- Home cleaning products, air fresheners, & household/garden pesticides are common sources of toxins. Visit EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning to learn which products are safer to use in your home & yard.
- Other sources of toxins include synthetic carpets, solvents from dry cleaning; electromagnetic fields.
- Cleanse Your Habits: Consider quitting or reducing smoking (cigarette, pipe & cigar), use of recreational drugs, & excessive alcohol intake.
- Cleanse toxic thought patterns: Areas of strife or unhealed wounds in your relationships & negative thought patterns can be a source of chronic stress that is toxic to your health.
These are all incredibly important ways to reduce your body’s toxic burden, but if you’re looking for ideas on how to improve liver health, reduce liver disease risk, and keep your liver healthy, these steps can definitely help. More help can be provided by our functional medicine doctor, too!
EWG’s 2022 List of:
Dirty Dozen Fruits & Vegetables: Better to buy these organic:
- Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, collard & Mustard Greens, Nectarines, Apples, Grapes, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Celery, Tomatoes.
Clean Fifteen Fruits & Vegetables: Ok to buy conventional, but scrub these well using an organic fruit & vegetable rinse:
Avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, onions, papaya, frozen sweet peas, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kiwi, cauliflower, mangoes, mushrooms, honeydew melon, cantaloupe.
Looking for a refreshing drink that will help give your liver a boost? We love this recipe from Bridgit Danner!