The average person is exposed to more than 2,000 chemicals before he or she leaves the house in the morning. Foods, lotions, perfumes, cleaning products, even our clothes emit toxins that can be absorbed into the body and potentially harm us. The source of many health issues arise when these toxins build up in the body over years.
Thankfully, the body is a powerful system for eliminating unwanted chemicals. The liver is one of the body’s most essential organs that helps get rid of unwanted substances and toxins. The liver filters blood and metabolizes nutrients in order to keep us healthy. As modern life becomes increasingly toxic, what we demand of our liver becomes more intense. What happens when your liver can’t keep up with the demands placed on it?
The liver has evolved over millions of years to handle an increasing number of demands to metabolize toxins found in foods and the environment. In a perfect world, all toxins absorbed by the body would be water soluble, which are easier for the body to excrete; but this is not the case. In fact, many substances processed by the liver are fat soluble, making them much harder to be metabolized. Fat soluble toxins cling to fatty cells and membranes in the body, often in the brain and breast tissue, and can stay in the body for days, weeks or years. These toxins may be released in times of stress and can cause headaches, memory loss, fatigue and nausea or worse – chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, cirrhosis of the liver, and obesity, to name a few.
The liver breaks down fat soluble toxins into water soluble elements so that they can be easily excreted. Without some extra prompting, this function of the liver may become overburdened and sluggish. Foods rich in antioxidant vitamins, including A, C, E, and D, minerals including zinc and iron, amino acids and herbal supplements can all support the liver’s ability to detox. Nutrition supplements like ProlifeStream also provide complex mix of nutrients that support the liver’s function. Avoiding alcohol and excessive caffeine and increasing water intake also aid the liver’s health. Detoxing the body can not only improve the liver’s function it can support immune health, weight loss, improve energy levels and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
By eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and leading an active, healthy life that ultimately supports liver health, you can do what’s best for your body, promoting good health for years to come.
Written by: Dr. Emmanouil Karampahtsis
Dr. Emmanouil Karampahtsis is a Naturopathic doctor, Formulator and Founder of ProlifeStream. prolifestream.com