Your liver is the biggest organ of detoxification in your body, and is also a vital organ for digestive function.
The liver is the biggest organ of detoxification in your body and it protects us from all the toxins we ingest. Some toxins we can control ingesting like as alcohol, processed foods, refined sugar, medications, over-the-counter drugs, household cleaning supplies and body products—and some we can’t control like the toxins we are exposed to from the environment. Either way, all of these toxins get circulated through the liver.
Your liver detoxifies harmful substances in two steps.
Phase 1, the first step, partially breaks down toxins making them water-soluble so your body can eliminate them more easily. Phase 2, the second step, removes the broken down toxins from the body through watery fluids like bile and urine.
Both steps need to be in balance to work well. During Phase 1 free radicals are produced which can damage the liver cells if they become excessive. So if Phase 2 is sluggish, then these partially processed toxins aren’t eliminated causing build up in your body. These partially processed toxins are more damaging than the original ones so they need to move through and out the body effectively, rather than recirculating more toxins.
When you expose your body to high alcohol, smoking, processed foods, or environmental toxins (pesticides, herbicides, house hold chemicals, toxic make-up,etc.), this second stage slows down and prevents the liver from handling the load, increasing toxin build up systemically.
If the liver is overburdened, these symptoms may be present.
- Skin breakouts; acne, rashes, eczema, psoriasis
- Excess body odor or bad breath
- Sensitivity to caffeine or medication
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Feeling sluggish, tired and fatigued a lot
- Weight gain and trouble losing weight
- Cravings and/or blood sugar issues
- Poor digestion
- Feeling nauseous after fatty meals
- Intolerant to strong smells such as perfumes
- Pain in the right side of your stomach
Most people will suffer from a sluggish liver at some point in their lives, given the heavy toxic load that the body bears on a daily basis.
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