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Liver Health

The health of your liver is intimately linked to the health of your gut & metabolic potential.

The liver enjoys a bright spotlight — but common recommendations are often misguided, too intense, or too narrowly focused.

Perhaps two of the biggest threats to liver health are poor gut health and environmental exposures (including mold).

When liver health suffers, gut health suffers — and vice versa. Working on one usually improves the other.

It’s almost always best to improve gut health prior to focusing too much on the liver. Liver “detox” is extremely difficult in the presence of an unhealthy gut: increased bile stirs up pathogens, the gut lining is hyperpermeable (allowing mobilized toxins to reabsorb into the bloodstream), and nutrients are rapidly depleted.

Instead, improve gut health first — reducing inflammation and improving nutritional resilience.

As the system becomes stronger, we can to support the liver more directly, with fewer confounding side effects, and a truly clear path to healing.

First, let’s explore foods and supplements. After, we’ll put the pieces together — into a coherent approach.

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Foods

for liver health

Four Functional Liver Foods

Utilize these foods daily for constant liver nourishment.

Olive Oil

  • 1 tbsp per day -OR- eat with a meal

In America, the best olive oil is sourced from California. Look for quality sources that guarantee the olive oil is not cut with cheaper oils, and which is certified ‘extra virgin.’

Lemon Juice in water

  • One glass of water with one half-lemon, squeezed

Cut washed lemon in half, store unused half in refrigerator. Use a Blender Bottle (amazon) and add a dash of apple pectin (see more below). Drink right away, with or without food.

Coffee

(decaf or caffeinated)
  • Coffee, with or without caffeine, has strong liver protective/restorative effects

A strong argument for decaf: While caffeine certainly has liver benefits, it often disrupts blood sugar regulation and energy homeostasis/adenosine sensitivity whenever not being consumed — so consider decaffeinated coffee (which still has some caffeine) a wise choice. Caffeine may not be helping you if you chronically feel wired or have trouble sleeping.

“Coffee may represent a valid functional food for liver protection.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622710/

Fiber

  • Fiber traps toxins in the gut for excretion in stool, so they cannot be reabsorbed and cause inflammation and overwhelm the liver.

Without fiber, toxins are reabsorbed into the bloodstream where they burden the liver again.

First, find the fiber that works best for you (soluble fiber in vegetables –versus– insoluble from whole grains).

Then, eat two meals per day with low-to-moderate fiber content.

NOTE: Many restrictive diets fail to provide the total nutritional support required by the liver.

2

Supplements

(for liver health)

Consider supplementing any of these 1-2x/week, if well tolerated.

TUDCA and apple pectin are gentle enough for daily use, while the rest should be cycled.

4

How to Start

(toward better liver health)

With your liver health, where do you begin?

It always makes sense to begin with steps that are:

  • Gentle (not too disruptive to systemic balance)
  • Effective (they effect change)
  • Foundational (they work at the root causes of health)
  • Can be taken daily

How to start:

The steps that best meet these four criterion are my personal favorites:

Foods

for liver health

daily

Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Coffee
Fiber

Apple Pectin

A gentle, powerful prebiotic binder.
Consider improving gut health while (or before) taking this.

daily

(iHerb)

Remember: Start slow, back off with any negative side effects, and use small doses. With health, consistency is key — not brute force. These supplements are powerful.

5

Build on the Foundation

Go Higher with Non-Daily
Supplements

Use these supplements to increase intensity of your liver support — for up to two days a week, or one week per month.

After testing each for tolerability, begin stacking multiple together. These supplements are probably not appropriate to take daily.

Read more about these supplements in the section above called ‘Supplements.’

5

The Pillars of Health

& Your Liver

Focusing on other areas of your health can lay the groundwork for sustainable liver health.

The Pillars of Health & Your Liver

Your Nutrient Status

The liver cannot heal without adequate nutritional support.

And unfortunately, a sluggish liver and gut means nutrients are not well-absorbed from food — leading, potentially, to broad deficiencies.

Therefore, I highly and fully recommend the single best multivitamin I’ve found on the market, the Naturelo 1-a-Day, which is bringing excellent results for so many clients and members:

(amazon)

(Naturelo on iHerb.com)

Read more:

The Pillars of Health & Your Liver

Your Gut Health

Improving gut health is critical for restoring an overburdened liver.

In fact, much of our liver’s stress results directly from the microbes/pathogens in the gut.

FIRST, ENDOTOXIN

When gut pathogens release toxins into the bloodstream after a meal, it stimulates an immune response and on-going inflammation — all of which burdens the liver.

THEN, REABSORPTION

Secondly, liver toxins dumped into the gut should be excreted in a healthy bowel movement.

But in poor gut health they are re-absorbed into the bloodstream – to burden the liver again.

Therefore, it is imperative that gut health improve either before or alongside steps to support liver function. Otherwise, toxicity can pile up in the sluggish gut and be reabsorbed.

Keep in mind, further, that most liver-boosting steps have an inherent antimicrobial effect on microbes in the gut — either directly or by boosting liver function and bile production. This may create the need for repopulation via probiotics.

Regular Bowel Movements
  • Fiber traps toxins in the gut for excretion in stool, so they cannot be reabsorbed and cause inflammation and overwhelm the liver.
Gut Symbiosis
  • Bad pathogens in the gut release toxins whenever you eat, causing systemic inflammation and burdening the liver.

Read more:

The Pillars of Health & Your Liver

Your Movement

Movement is necessary for proper liver function.

What is movement? Is it the same as exercise?

Basically, yes — however, the term ‘movement’ can embrace more balanced and restorative activities than are typically thought of as exercise.

Whereas exercise usually focuses on reps, weight, and heart rate (BPM) — and specifically, pushing those things to their limit — movement focuses on nourishing the entire body, with an eye on recovery from disease and restoration of youth and vitality.

Movement understands that too much exercise can be just as bad for a recovering body as too little, and that imbalance in motion creates imbalance in the body.

How does exercise, generally, help the liver?

In the liver, exercise increases fatty acid oxidation, decreases fatty acid synthesis, and prevents mitochondrial and hepatocellular damage through a reduction of the release of damage-associated molecular patterns.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5954622/#:~:text=In%20the%20liver%2C%20exercise%20increases,to%20improve%20fatty%20liver%20disease.

It doesn’t take much exercise to improve liver health. In fact, if you’re moving on a daily basis — no matter how little — you’re taking steps in the right direction to improve the health of your liver.

What Types of Movement?

Any movement is great for the liver, but some are more effective than others.

Among the best movements is jumping. Up-and-down motions aggressively move lymph throughout the lymphatic system so it can be detoxified by the liver.

Modifying this — making it easier on weak legs — can be just as effective. Try simply bending/straightening your knees rapidly for 10-15 seconds.

Keep your lymphatic system clear — by any means — but especially via movement.

Read more:

The Pillars of Health & Your Liver

Sick Buildings

Remarkably, our living and work environments appear to have a great — and ever-increasing — effect on the health of our liver.

The common threats from the environment appear to be from:

  • Air Quality (chemicals, mold, and pests)
  • EMF (especially in hot zones near cell towers and smart meters)

If your environment is causing inflammation via these factors, it will dampen your efforts to recover health — in part by overburdening the liver.

This is not a reason to allow chronic worry or stress — but instead, to become informed.

Not all information on the internet is wise or helpful concerning environmental factors. There’s a lot of fear-mongering and product hyping.

So keep your wits about you, grow your awareness, and proceed forward with your health journey.

Whatever you do, never pause your health adventures simply because your environment isn’t perfect.

After all, no environment is perfect, and the wisdom you gain — even in a subpar environment — will serve you later when your environments do improve.

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