How to Improve Gut and Liver Health

A No-Sucker Punch Approach to Better Living

With the food world drowning in toxins, it is more important now than ever to learn how to detox the body. Many today do not realize that the liver is a key player in the digestive system. In fact, the liver has over 500 known functions!

Not only is the liver a part of the digestive system, but it is also a part of the endocrine system, controlling blood sugar and protein and fat metabolism. The liver cleanses the system of toxins, metabolizes proteins, controls hormonal imbalances and produces immune boosting factors.

The list continues as the liver also synthesizes fibrinogen and other blood-clotting factors to protect the body when it is injured. It also produces the substance bile that is stored in the gallbladder. As the liver becomes more dysfunctional, so the gallbladder becomes more and more compromised.

The body is a whole; nothing operates in isolation. However, arguably the most important function of the liver is that it detoxifies the numerous amounts of toxins that enter our bodies every day. Here lies the heart of improving your gut and liver health.

Detoxing the Liver

So what does all of this mean for improving gut and liver health? The central task to achieving this is by daily detoxing and flushing the liver. Here are three practical ways to achieve this.

First, and arguably most important, is through hydration. A hydrated body keeps the body flushing these toxins properly, moving bowels and urine on a steady basis. It also keeps the blood fluid so that the toxins can be moved properly. For those who do not enjoy drinking pure water, lemon water enhances the body’s ability to flush toxins.

The second way to detox your body is by eating healthy. This is not to say that dieting is necessary in a modern way of understanding the word and practice. Removing foods heavy in toxins is a great place to start. Avoiding high levels of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol will take a great burden off of your liver and gut. Foods that support a strong liver include beets, certain types of vegetables, and inulin foods.

Lastly, this healthy eating should include plenty of fiber. There is a trend right now to remove grains from eating habits. However, removing grains and legumes removes a lot of fiber. Grains, vegetables, and flax and chia seeds are great ways to supplement healthy eating patterns.

Supplements for Detox

Sometimes it is necessary to supplement healthy eating patterns with supplements. It can be very difficult to eat meals day in and day out that meet all of our body’s needs. Good multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplements. Supplements may be particularly beneficial during stressful times.

A first possible supplement is nettles tea. This is a natural way to get natural vitamins and minerals. This is a supportive tonic and is concerned an excellent food with a multi-vitamin base, especially B vitamins and vitamin K.

Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids are also great sources of health that can be taken daily. There are various powders that include varied levels and mixtures of supplements that can be beneficial.

Vitamin E is also very protective against damage and cell membrane damage. Detoxifying the body can create molecules that can end up doing more harm than the original toxin. Either through food or supplements take in Probiotics . These help to neutralize and break down toxins the body does not need. Again, there are many different ways to intake minerals and vitamins.

Consult with a health care professional for the best way to take in these vitamins and minerals. Various herbs can also support the liver and gut.

Supporting the Liver

So far the suggestions for improving gut and liver health have been all about food. What to eat, when to eat certain foods, and more. However, food is not the only way to improve gut and liver health. In fact, this is just a part, albeit a very important part, of healthy living.

First, daily exercise is essential not just for liver and gut health but for the whole body. Exercise does not have to entail high intensity training, although that is certainly one option. Anything from a brisk walk to regular HIT in the gym will fulfill this bodily need.

Second, sweat daily. This may sound like an odd practice, but sweating does help remove toxins from the body. Keep in mind that this does not necessitate exercise. Although exercise that creates a sweat will fulfill this practice, visiting a sauna on an off-day is also a great option for sweating out the toxins.

Next, check local products around your home for toxins. Certain cosmetics and other personal care products, cleaning products, and plastics on foods can all contain various toxins that the body does not need. This would also be a good time to check the running water in your home.

One more creative way to improve and maintain gut and liver health is by takin detox showers or baths. This can be as simple as adding some Epsom salts to your bath. Consult your local doctor for more ways to improve and maintain liver health.

This article was written by Nina Wells from Steam and Shower UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

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