The liver is an amazing organ. But if you’re like most folks, you never give this workhorse much thought. Well, unless something goes wrong with it of course.
But we all should pay more attention to our livers.
Your liver is the largest organ in your body. And it performs a number of critical functions that you need to survive.
For example, it
- helps digest your food
- stores energy
- cleanses your body of dangerous toxins
Plus this hardworking organ performs hundreds of different metabolic functions in your body. And that includes forming cholesterol and other substances used to create and repair cells.
These days we’re giving our poor overworked livers more of a workout than ever before. Processed foods, environmental toxins, and stress all can take their toll on your liver’s health.
Simple ways to support liver health
Following are four easy ways you can help protect your liver health and give it the support it needs to thrive…
1. Drink coffee:
We’re big fans of coffee around here. (And when I say we I mean me, of course.) If you’re not caffeine sensitive coffee’s not just a great pick-me-up, it can also be a terrific way to help protect your liver.
Coffee is full of healthy antioxidants and may help reduce liver inflammation as it naturally detoxifies your liver. In fact, research has found a link between drinking java and a lower incidence of liver disease.
Sip on three cups a day to slash your risk of abnormal liver enzymes by a healthy 25 percent. And those same three cups could be protecting you from liver cancer at the same time, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.
And if you’re caffeine sensitive, I’ve got great news. Feel free to drink decaf as experts say you’ll still reap the liver benefits of the coffee. Just be sure to skip the inflammation-promoting sugars and syrups. Drink it black or with a splash of fresh cream instead.
2. Take milk thistle:
The active ingredient in the herb milk thistle is a potent antioxidant by the name of silymarin. Silymarin is a natural anti-inflammatory that research has shown can help protect the liver by supporting healthy liver function and metabolism.
Milk thistle helps suppress the release of the cytokines that start ramping up with fatty liver inflammation. This shields your liver giving it the time to generate new healthy liver cells and begin to heal.
3. Pop a probiotic:
By now, everyone knows that probiotics can help improve your digestion. But what you may not realize is they can help your liver too.
First, by supporting healthy digestion probiotics help your body rid itself of troublesome toxins before they overwhelm your liver. And second, those same probiotics help shore up your intestinal wall keeping bad bacteria from bombarding your liver.
But the liver support doesn’t end there. Research also shows that probiotics could help turn the tide on early signs on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
4. Try turmeric:
You’re probably most familiar with turmeric as the spice that gives some Indian dishes their gorgeous golden-yellow glow. But it turns out turmeric isn’t just another pretty face. This powerful herb is also a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. And it could be your liver’s best friend.
According to researchers, curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric—was able to help repair and even regenerate the damaged livers of diabetic rats. And in another animal study, published in the journal Gut, researchers found that curcumin delayed the kind of liver damage that eventually leads to cirrhosis of the liver.
Without a healthy and fully functioning liver, your body can’t effectively rid itself of toxins. Everything you take in makes a pass through your hardworking liver. So go ahead and give this lifesaving organ the support it needs. It will return the favor by ridding your body of sickening toxins to keep you healthy.
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