Thinking you need to love your liver a little more? If so, this is information you don’t want to miss!
Did you know that the liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body? Crazy right?
Why is this important to know? Well, liver disease is said to be a silent killer, and that 1 in 3 people are at risk. That may sound scary, but the good news is that 9 out of 10 liver diseases are thought to be preventable.
But, not only are some at risk for liver disease, if you deal with thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune disease, or any other health problem, it is very possible that you need to show your liver a little love.
So, if you’re ready to learn more about one of the most important (and underappreciated) organs that support overall health and wellness, here are 15 really easy ways to love your liver and live a longer, healthier life!
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15 Ways To Love Your Liver Naturally
If you’re thinking of your liver, chances are you know that a properly functioning liver is ESSENTIAL for optimal health and wellness.
Our livers are not thought of as often as our hearts, lungs, or brains, but this organ is crucial to survival and actually quite fascinating!
For example- did you know that the liver can actually regenerate itself, even after a significant portion is removed.
It sounds crazy but it’s true!
The liver is actually able to replace damaged parts with new cells.
If you’re wondering how to support this amazing organ and regeneration of healthy cells, here are 15 natural ways to love your liver!
1. Eat Well
First and foremost on the love your liver to-do list is to eat good, healthy food.
Eating the right foods can reduce the number of chemicals and junk ingredients that your liver has to filter, provide the right vitamins and minerals for overall health, help maintain good blood sugar levels, and even contribute to a strong immune system and healthy skin.
Not sure where to begin? Here are 7 simple tips for healthy eating to help you get started.
2. Drink Filtered Water
Most drinking water is far from pure. In fact, according to the EPA, drinking water may contain “nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs.”
And that’s not all. There may also be bacteria, viruses, parasites, or contaminants like uranium or plutonium.
Some of the chemicals found in drinking water are used to make the water safe for drinking, but that doesn’t mean that they are harmless. It just means that they have been found to be present under an acceptable level.
But remember, our liver is the filter of our body. So even if small amounts of chemicals are present, and even if it is considered necessary to have safe drinking water, the liver still needs to filter this from the body.
So how can help lessen the burden on your liver? Easy- filter your water!
In need of a good water filter? Check out my review of Berkey water filters.
3. Limit Alcohol
Having a drink once in a while can be fun and it’s not uncommon to enjoy an adult beverage in social situations. But keep in mind that alcohol can wreak havoc on the liver.
In fact, each time your liver filters alcohol some cells actually die.
While it’s true that the liver can regenerate and make new cells, this becomes more difficult if your liver is already struggling or if drinking is a regular habit. In that case, permanent damage can occur.
Here’s a thought to keep in mind- it only takes 2-3 alcoholic drinks daily to cause harm. And binge drinking (4 or more drinks) can cause serious damage that may not be repairable.
So how can you love your liver but still enjoy social gatherings?
If you love relaxing with a drink after work or enjoying a night out with friends try getting together and making your own drinks, at least that way you can cut down on the amount of sugar and junk ingredients.
These fruit-infused water recipes are great for making your own. Or, you could have plain fruit water, or another non-alcoholic drink of your choice and just enjoy good company.
4. Choose Organic Food
Researchers have found that the main source of pesticides in our bodies comes from diet, so whenever possible, eating food that is organically grown can help take a burden off your liver (and your whole body) by significantly reducing pesticides, fungicides, and other chemical exposures.
Not able to buy all organic? No problem!
Here is a helpful list of foods that you definitely want to buy in the organic section because of high pesticide levels in conventional products, and foods that have lower pesticide levels so organic isn’t as important.
5. Limit Medications
Some medications may be necessary at times, but even over-the-counter medicines can cause liver dysfunction or toxicity if taken incorrectly, long-term, or with alcohol so be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist before mixing medications, adding a medication, or drinking alcohol if you take any pills or supplements.
Wondering which medications have been known to cause problems with the liver? Here is a helpful list.
6. Create A Non-Toxic Home
Creating a non-toxic home isn’t always easy, and it may take some time to replace the items in your house but it’s definitely something to think about.
See, a lot of the furniture, paint, flooring and even pots and pans are made with chemicals and off-gas those chemicals into the air we breathe.
That means that these chemicals in our home environment can accumulate in organs and tissues and cause damage to the liver and other organs as well as contribute to hormone imbalance, certain cancers, and other health conditions.
So how do you love your liver and create a non-toxic home? Here are must-have tips to help you create the healthiest home you can without going broke!
7. Don’t Smoke
We all know that smoking is bad for our lungs, but did you know that the liver is also affected?
When a person smokes, toxic substances are introduced into the body that the liver tries to filter out. Smoking also increases inflammatory cytokines which can cause damage to the liver, along with introducing chemicals that increase chances of liver cancer.
Looking for natural remedies to help you quit? Here is a great article with homeopathic remedies that could help you on your journey to becoming a non-smoker.
8. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils
Ok, I know the topic of essential oil ingestion can be a little controversial, but hear me out.
Essential oils can be a great addition to your natural medicine cabinet and are helpful for many ailments when used properly.
But….there are many people without the proper knowledge or education using and recommending products that were never meant to be used internally or ingested.
Essential oils are incredibly concentrated substances, do not mix well with water for baths or drinking, and can cause serious harm if not used properly.
So, unless you are working with a health care professional, please stick to appropriately diluted topical application or diffusing your favorite oils.
Need a good resource for safe essential oil use? This site is one of my favorites.
9. Add Movement And Exercise
This might seem like a weird and kind of general health suggestion, but exercise can help reduce stress on the liver by maintaining a healthy weight, increasing the amount of oxygen you breathe, and circulating it to your liver (and other organs) faster.
Exercise also improves cardiovascular health, which in turn improves blood flow, this also benefits the liver and helps it to do its job even better.
Interested in adding movement and exercise to your daily routine? Here are 4 great exercise options that are easily modifiable for beginners or those with health issues and limitations.
10. Choose Natural Soap And Body Care Products
Did you know that many of the products we use on our bodies every day are not regulated for safety? And in addition to that, companies are not legally required to report health issues from their products to the FDA.
Hard to believe isn’t it?
You may be wondering what this has to do with your liver. Well, everything we ingest or put on our skin has to be processed by the liver (and a few other organs like the kidneys, lymphatic system) so that they can be removed from our body.
Depending on a variety of factors, some of the chemicals from products may make it to the liver to be filtered out, some may not. But, any time you’re adding chemicals to your system you are increasing the burden on your body or toxic load.
So, to make life a little easier for your liver (and your whole system!) you may want to consider switching over to more natural soap and body care products.
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11. Use Natural Cleaning Supplies
This tip kind of goes along with creating a non-toxic home and even the last tip, choosing natural body care products, but I thought I would add it separately because a lot of people don’t realize how toxic some household cleaners can be and may not have thought of it when considering liver health.
Like body care products, chemical cleaners can soak in through the skin, but there is also the added danger of inhalation. But, regardless of how these substances get into your body, your liver will filter anything that comes its way, so show your liver a little love (along with the rest of your body) and switch your chemical cleaners out for natural, non-toxic versions.
If you’re new to the world of natural cleaners be sure to check out my Healthy Home page where you can find all the info you need to create a healthy, chemical-free environment.
12. Have Your Mineral Levels Tested
Having a mineral test is a great idea for many reasons, but one important reason is to check your potassium levels.
Now, potassium is needed for many functions in the body including liver function.
If you aren’t getting enough potassium in your diet that can contribute to serious liver problems.
The thing is most people aren’t getting enough potassium. The recommended dose of potassium is 4700 mg per day!
But, if you get tested and find that you are low, skip the supplement and try adding some potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, spinach, beans, or molasses.
You could also add your favorite adrenal cocktail recipe since they contain ingredients that provide additional potassium.
13. Consider Supplements
In some instances, adding supplements can be a helpful way to love your liver.
Adding organic foods or making gentle teas may be preferable, but sometimes supplements are the best route.
And don’t forget to check out desiccated liver for aid and support of your liver, after all, it is a traditional superfood!
14. Brew A Delicious Detox Tea
Detox teas can be really helpful when you want to give your liver a little boost. Now, when I say detox tea I’m not talking about harsh products that make you have second thoughts after you drink them.
What I’m talking about are gentle teas that contain herbs like ginger, milk thistle, dandelion, rose hips, and more.
No need for harsh detox products that leave you feeling terrible when gentle herbs will give you the support you need.
Interested in a great detox tea recipe? Here is one you don’t want to miss!
15. Try A Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil packs are one of my favorite ways to help gently support the liver.
In addition to liver support, castor oil packs are also known to improve circulation, move lymph fluid, promote healing, and help move waste out of the body.
These packs can be really helpful, but I have to warn you- they can be a little messy at first. Or maybe it was just me 😄
Ready to try a castor oil pack? Here is a great product and info to help you get started.
Last Thoughts On How To Love Your Liver
Your liver has many functions and works hard, so if you’re experiencing symptoms of a sluggish liver or just trying to increase health and wellness, don’t overlook this important organ. With these 15 easy tips, you can show your liver a little extra love, improve your health, and take steps to live a long healthy life!