It may not be the most glamorous part of your body, but the liver is one of your most important and hardworking vital organs. Keeping it healthy is crucial to maintaining your overall health.
Your liver does hundreds of essential jobs, such as:
It also makes proteins and blood clotting factors and acts as a store for energy and iron. Like your heart, your liver works hard and is a very robust organ, but it is not indestructible.
Alcoholism and viral hepatitis are at the extreme end of diseases that can damage your liver. But simply living every day in an environment polluted with pesticides and other toxic chemicals, eating too much fat or sugar or including too many smoked, cured or highly salted foods in your diet also puts it under strain.
There are many herbs that can help. Milk thistle stimulates re-growth of liver cells; artichoke protects and heals; and dandelion is a liver tonic and stimulates bile production.
Sulphur-containing foods such as onions, garlic, and egg yolks can help the liver detoxify a wide range of prescription medications, pesticides, and other types of environmental toxins. The spice turmeric increases bile output.
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