The liver performs over 500 different functions in the human body (1). Every day, your liver supports your everyday life by providing you with energy, fighting off infection, clearing out toxins, helping clot the blood, regulating hormones and so much more (2). You liver does a lot for you, so when it isn’t working optimally, you’ll be sure to notice.
Signs of a Worn-out Liver
The liver, like the kidneys, filters out toxins and harmful substances from the body. The organ also produces albumin, a protein that helps keep fluid in the bloodstream. This prevent swelling and edema, an accumulation of fluid in bodily tissues (3).
When the liver is overloaded with fat-soluble toxins, it begins to store these substances in your fat cells. In fact, one of the first steps in getting rid of toxins is the liver converting fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble ones so that may be expelled from the body through bile.
This can leave you feeling tired, weak, nauseous, confused and can cause digestive troubles and weight gain.
Other symptoms of toxic overload include anxiety, skin conditions, sudden allergies and constant bloating as well as brain fog and hormonal imbalance.
Here are some additional warning signs you should be on the lookout for:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Dull Headaches
- Chronic Joint or Muscle Pain
- Excessive Perspiration
- Trouble Digesting Fats, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Chronic Bad Breath
- Unexplained Weight Gain
How To Keep Your Liver Healthy
The best way to keep your liver healthy is by eating whole foods, avoiding processed sugars and saturated fats, getting enough sleep, avoiding alcohol and not smoking.
It’s also important to drink plenty of water, eat healthy fats, get enough iron and to eat lots of fiber to soak toxic bile and expel it from your body.
Chemicals typically used as herbicides, pesticides and food additives can also wreak havoc on the body and often make their way into fatty tissue, so try to eat organic as much as possible.
If you need an extra boost, try these 3 liver-healing herbs.
1. Milk thistle
Milk thistle is the number one herb suggested to alcoholics to treat alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis and alcoholic cirrhosis. It also protects the liver from toxins and drugs, so it’s particularly helpful for chronically ill patients (4).
The herb also helps the liver repair itself and regenerate new cells.
Its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial fro the treatment of viral hepatitis and mushroom poisoning.
2. Globe Artichoke
Closely related to milk thistle, artichoke stimulates bile production and flow within the liver. This helps fight heartburn and prevent hangovers.
The plants also helps control cholesterol levels after a fatty meal and regular consumption can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (5).
Its antioxidant and antibacterial activity protects the organ from damage and infection (6).
It can also protect the liver against alcohol and strong pharmaceutical drugs and harsh chemicals (8).
Some studies have even found that this golden spice can kill cancerous cells and tumors in the liver (9).