While our last blog was about the human immune system and how it can be supplemented for better functioning, this blog will focus on our body’s second-largest organ and natural filtration system - the liver.
The liver is the most important organ of the body when it comes to correcting our unhealthy dietary habits, eliminating toxins, as well as aiding in digestion and energy production. But the liver can only do so much if it is not supported with a healthy diet and supplements.
How can you improve liver health?
Improving liver health is more about making lifestyle changes than turning your diet upside down, including lowering alcohol consumption, balancing your body-mass index (BMI) It is obvious, however, that your diet must include foods such as leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.), citrus fruits, nuts, berries, eggs and herbs (ginger, garlic, turmeric, and milk thistle). All of the above combine to better your body’s ability to fight against toxins and detoxify the liver, enhancing bile flow and supporting natural liver cleansing, which combine to have the double benefit of improving digestion too.
Liver health supplements
As always, the imperfect nature of our diets paves the way for supplements to fill in the gaps that we cannot fill despite our best efforts. Supplements containing concentrated quantities of milk thistle, artichoke, and turmeric work greatly in supporting liver health.
Milk thistle is a herb comprising anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, protecting the liver from reactive molecules produced by the liver while metabolizing toxins that can damage tissues.
Artichoke is also rich in antioxidants, containing fiber and vitamin C, helping in protecting and regenerating liver cells. Artichoke also relieves indigestion by increasing the secretion of bile, the fluid the liver produces to counteract toxins. Studies have also shown that individuals with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who consumed artichoke leaf witnesses better liver functioning.
The ayurvedic usage of turmeric as an antioxidant is already well known. Turmeric helps reduce liver fat.
It goes without saying that the liver health supplements you opt for should contain natural, organic concentrates of the aforestated ingredients. The Swisse Liver Detox supplement contains a precise blend of milk thistle, turmeric, artichoke and choline, all of which contribute towards reducing indigestion, abdominal bloating and cramping, besides improving detoxification.
The Swisse High Strength Milk Thistle supplement is also recommended to enhance digestion and detoxification. Derived from Silybum Marianum, a naturally-occuring thistle and free from additives, preservatives and gluten, this supplement guards against liver damage and promotes natural liver cleansing, and liver cell repair, while also bettering gall bladder health.