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8 Tips To Heal & Improve Your Liver Health - Are Your Symptoms Related?

Your Liver is one of the key organs that need support when healing autoimmune disease and I often see many of my clients suffering with symptoms that relate back to the liver and sub-optimal function.

The health of our gut microbiome often gets the most attention and focus, but the liver is very closely linked with the gut and one can not function optimally without the other.

The Liver is a large, complex, hard-working, multi-tasking super organ. It's the primary organ of detoxification, which many of us know and it is constantly dealing with the toxins found in what we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin. But It also serves the body with over 500 other functions, so it makes sense to consider the liver in chronic illness particularly with symptoms relating to the immune, nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine system.

Some of its vital roles include:

  • Supporting the digestion of your food through bile production and excretion

  • Detoxification of drugs and toxins

  • Manufacturing, breaking down and regulating numerous hormones

  • Helps fight infections

  • Stores nutrients and controls nutrients in the blood

  • Energy production and conversion of thyroid hormone

  • Vitamin D conversion

  • Making enzymes and proteins

  • Assisting with metabolism and blood sugar balance

  • Cholesterol metabolism and management

As you can see liver issues are linked to hormone imbalances, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, acne, obesity, high cholesterol, frequent infections, fatigue, depression and blood sugar problems - many commonly seen in autoimmunity.

The Liver doesn't have any pain receptors, so it may function without any awareness of serious problems until its tolerance is reached with disease then occurring quickly. But it does have a great adaptive capacity and the ability to spring clean itself with the right nutrients and lifestyle.

Do you ever experience any of the following?

  • Feeling sluggish, fatigued and tired constantly

  • White or yellow coated tongue / bad breath

  • Weight gain - especially your abdomen

  • Cravings and blood sugar issues / hypoglyceamia

  • Headaches

  • Excessive thirst

  • Poor digestion

  • Overall sense of bloating

  • IBS symptoms

  • Hormone imbalance & PMS

  • Nausea or intolerance after fatty meals

  • Intolerance to strong smells

  • Pain in the right side of your stomach

  • Skin breakouts; acne, rashes

  • Gallbladder issues / gallstones

  • High cholesterol and triglycerides

  • Depression, anger, judgement and low mood

  • Excess lactic acid - burning in joints

  • Swollen glands in throat

  • Loss of lean body mass

  • Increased menstrual flow

  • Easy bruising

  • Broken capillaries under the skin

  • Constipation

  • Itchy eyes

  • Green hue around the mouth

  • Pins and needles

  • Double farrow between eyebrows

  • Skin - oily nose and forehead, dry elsewhere

  • Dull eyes - should be bright white

  • Lack of appetite leads to anaemia and weight loss

  • Lack of pigmentation of the stool

  • Night sweats

  • Less active vitamin D

A long but not an exhaustive list. So what can you do?

According to Chinese medicine, Spring is when your liver does its best cleansing and that's why I offer my two week detox programme in March. But you can of course support detoxification and your liver health everyday and all year round with some of the following good practices:

  • Including lean, organic and good quality protein in your diet

  • Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables particularly leafy greens

  • Including herbs and spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and parsley

  • Including bitters such as dandelion, artichoke, rocket and watercress

  • Including beets and berries

  • Include Green tea and warm lemon peel water

  • Reduce burdens on the liver such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar and trans fats etc

  • Try veggie juices such as celery, apple, carrot, beet and ginger

Are you fed up of feeling sluggish? Do you want to banish the bloat and feel energised without having to put up with dull skin and PMS? I can help you get your liver back into balance and get to the root cause of your digestive issues so you can live with vitality again. You can book your FREE call here to discuss your symptoms and how you can move forward with nutrition and lifestyle changes.


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