Clean Living: Maintaining Liver Health

Clean Living: Maintaining Liver Health

You might not think about your liver often, but make no mistake about it: this is one of your busiest vital organs. The liver's most important role is acting as a filtration system for your body—cleaning your blood and recycling blood cells. Unfortunately, modern living can make this job difficult, because our lifestyles and environmental exposure create a heavy workload for your liver. The standard American diet, which often includes sugary or fried foods and excess alcohol, also isn't ideal for supporting liver health. But, that doesn't mean you can't show your liver some love! Here are three tips to support your liver, so that it can keep on doing its job.

  1. Choose foods that support liver health

    Eating "clean" is the best way to support your body's natural detoxification efforts. That's why it's important to enjoy well-balanced meals with plenty of grains, fruit, veggies, whole-grain bread, rice and cereals. When it comes to what to drink, you can't beat plain water!

  2. Skip foods that burden your liver

    You probably know already that you should lay low on sugar, salt and foods that are high in fat—but did you know that skipping these foods will also support a healthy liver? Also watch out for alcoholic beverages—moderation is key.

  3. De-Liver the right nutrients

    Supplementing with the right nutrients can help you support and maintain your liver health. Look for ingredients like milk thistle, NAC, vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and more.

General Liver Health / Detoxification

The right nutrients can support liver health and function. A healthy liver is essential to overall wellness. That’s a win-win.

Liver Health / Detoxification Information & Research

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How can my diet impact my liver health?

Cruciferous vegetables are nutritional dynamos that come with all kinds of health benefits, but it’s not always easy to get enough consistently into a dietary routine. Cruciferous vegetables support a variety of health needs, including favorably modulating estrogen metabolism to support liver health and promoting enzymes that encourage healthy function. Since the liver helps detoxify our system, avoiding or limiting intake of stressors like alcohol can be a big help.

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What nutrients can support a healthy liver?

The liver is continuously subjected to free radical exposure, but there are ways we can help protect it from oxidative stress. N-acetyl-L-cysteine is an easily-absorbed nutrient that is a precursor to glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect liver cells from free radical damage. The Schisandra fruit lignans promote healthy levels of glutathione as well. Schisandra chinensis, an adaptogenic vine native to Asia, has been studied for its ability to support liver health.

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How does milk thistle support liver health?

Compounds found in the milk thistle plant offer powerful support for liver-health. These liver-friendly thistle compounds help optimize liver function and encourage your body’s natural detoxification pathways. Silymarin, the active extract of milk thistle, stimulates liver cell function, inhibits lipid oxidation and promotes healthy levels of liver-friendly glutathione. It also promotes healthy DNA function and helps stabilize plasma cell membranes.

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