The Four Functional Liver Foods
Utilize these foods daily for constant liver nourishment.
(1) 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 ‘virgin.’
(2) Lemon Juice in water
- One glass of water with one half-lemon, squeezed
(3) Coffee (decaf or caffeinated)
- Coffee, with or without caffeine, has strong liver protective/restorative effects
While caffeine certainly has liver benefits, it may disrupt blood sugar regulation and energy homeostasis/adenosine sensitivity whenever not drinking — so consider decaffeinated coffee (which still has some caffeine) a wise choice.
- 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: Restrictive diets often fail to provide the total nutritional support required by the liver.
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.
TUDCA & Taurine
TUDCA is more gentle than taurine and can be taken daily, indefinitely. Taurine is best cycled.
A simply incredible, highly-tolerable supplement for folks in dire straights.
Very powerful for cleansing the liver and boosting energy production, but must be balanced with glycine. Isolated amino acids can be hard on the kidneys, so avoid large doses.
Binders behave like super-absorbers of toxins in the gut, similar to fiber.
This is an awesome supplement for the gut and liver.
However, even safe binders like these should be taken in small, careful doses to avoid disruption of the gut microbiome.
Not recommended for folks with hemochromatosis or suspected mercury issues. Small doses are best for this.
Large nutritional imbalances disrupt fluid balance and metabolism, burdening the liver.
Hydration is critical for the liver.
All B-Vitamins Matter
…especially B1, choline
Glutathione is the body’s primary antioxidant and the liver’s primary detoxification molecule.
The building blocks of glutathione are: glycine, cysteine, and selenium.
- Sulforaphane is a high-sulfur compound with potent liver-cleansing potential, but it can disrupt the gut in high doses.
- Selenium must be balanced with iodine (and other minerals) — so avoid high doses
- Glycine must be balanced with other amino acids, includine taurine — so avoid high doses
- Sulfur can easily be overdone — at which point it can be difficult to bring levels back down. High doses of sulfur are virtually never necessary.
Excellent Mineral Balance for Glutathione
Many minerals and nutrients are involved in synthesizing and recycling glutathione — including magnesium, zinc, B2, B6 and more.
Keep a broad perspective when it comes to nutritional supplementation — as we discuss in the nutrient section.
Taking precursors to glutathione are potentially safer than taking glutathione, itself.
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, when gut pathogens release toxins into the bloodstream after a meal, it stimulates an immune response and on-going inflammation — which burdens the liver.
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.
Probiotics for the Liver & Gut
LIFE EXTENSION LIVER RESTORE Probiotic
A new probiotic product providing 7 liver-friendly strains of bacteria.
Regular Bowel Movements for Liver Health
Gut Symbiosis for Liver Health
Now, let’s put it all together into a workable plan.
With your liver health, where do you begin?
It always makes sense to begin with steps that are:
The steps that best meet these three criterion are my personal favorites:
The Four Functional Foods
for liver health
A gentle, powerful prebiotic binder
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.
Don’t forget, 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:
Movement, Exercise & Your Liver
Movement is necessary for proper liver function.
What is movement? Is it 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 Are Best?
Any movement is great for the liver, but some are better than others.
Among the best movements is jumping. The up-and-down motions move lymph throughout the lymphatic system so it can be detoxified by the liver. Gentle jumping — or even bouncing — has nearly all the benefits for the lymphatic system seen in rebounding.
Keep your lymphatic system clear — by any means — but especially via movement.
Environments & Your Liver
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, in fact, causing inflammation via these factors, it will dampen your efforts to recover health anmd liver health to some extent.
This is not a reason to 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, don’t pause your health adventures simply because your environment isn’t perfect. No environment is, and the wisdom you gain — even in a subpar environment — will serve you later when your environments do improve.