Do you know what an incredible organ the liver is? It has more than 200 functions, which are primarily related to digestion and metabolism. What does that really mean? Well, as Dr Shana Tatum recently explained in an article for The Leader, it does everything from processing fats, carbohydrates and proteins, to removing hormones and antibodies from the blood.
Your liver is also the largest visceral organ in your body, and it plays a vital role when it comes to maintaining and supporting your digestive system.
It’s therefore a part of your body that you want to help stay healthy and working as it should.
These days, there is a lot of information on the internet about detoxes, but, as Dr Tatum explained, because your liver naturally detoxifies your body it shouldn’t be necessary to ‘detox’ unless it’s under very specific medical circumstances.
Instead of going on a brief detox and thinking that this will have long-lasting impacts on your health, it’s far better to look at what you can naturally include in your diet on an ongoing basis to “support the liver’s own miraculous processes”.
Among the most important elements to include in your diet and support your liver are antioxidants and phytonutrients, Dr Tatum revealed.
She also explained that the liver has two phases to its detoxification process. The first involves using enzymes to convert fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble compounds. To do this effectively, your liver needs a good supply of B vitamins, folic acid, flavonoids and phospholipids.
The second phase of this process is removing the toxins from your body once they are in their water-soluble state. Dr Tatum noted that amino acids, including glycine, taurine, glutamine and N-acetyl-cysteine, are among the most useful.
The great news is that you can find all of these nutrients in readily available foods, including the likes of kale, eggs, salmon, apples, walnuts, broccoli, mushrooms, chickpeas and sweet potatoes, among other foods.
“The natural intelligence of the human body can resolve so many insults,” Dr Tatum noted, adding, “When we feed it good foods, reduce stress, make sleep a priority and enjoy strong relationships in our lives, it will respond in positive ways.”
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Chronic liver disease is a widespread issue in the modern world. There is now evidence that certain liver diseases, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects more people than previously thought.
NAFLD has long been associated with obesity, but a new study in Japan has identified how NAFLD presents differently in non-obese individuals, which means the condition is likely to be more widespread than previously thought, Eurekalert reported.
As well as identifying risk factors for non-obese NAFLD, the researchers from the University of Tsukuba also explored the differences between patients based on whether they were male or female and based on their body composition.