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Monday, April 23, 2012

5 Signs That Your Liver Needs a Detox

The Liver Plays an Important Role in Detoxing
Did you know that all the blood in the body will eventually pass through the liver? Well, it's true. This is important because the liver needs to filter the blood and pull out the toxins and remove them from the body. 

Some of these toxins are drugs, like antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medications, along with other toxins that the body no longer needs, like damaged cells, proteins and old hormones. Toxins can also be accumulated in the body from simple unsuspecting things in our lives, like the food we eat, the air we breathe, and of course, a well known liver toxicant is alcohol. The liver prepares all these toxins to be removed from the body. However, when the liver is damaged, impaired or overworked, these toxins can't be removed and they start to accumulate creating problems.

Common symptoms due to poor liver function are:
  • Poor digestion, abdominal bloating, nausea especially after fatty foods, weight gain around the abdomen and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome, associated with abdominal swelling and flatulence, is often due to a sluggish liver. Waking up in the morning with bad breath and/or a coated tongue, your liver definitely needs help.
  • Unpleasant mood changes, depression, `foggy brain' and impaired concentration and memory. If the liver is sluggish, excessive amounts of toxic metabolites find their way into the blood stream and can affect the function of the brain.
  • Allergic conditions such as hay fever, hives, skin rashes and asthma.
  • Headaches. Unfortunately, pain killers can cause further stress on the liver as the liver is the organ that breaks down all drugs.
  • High blood pressure and/or fluid retention.
Target the liver with an herbal Liver Detox formula specifically designed to cleanse and tonify your liver. You can also support your body during a Liver Detox by increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially raw and organic. A healthy vegetable diet is very supportive to the body while using any detox program and also in between cleanses. Raw fruits, vegetables and leafy greens are well known for their pH balancing and detoxifying properties. The nutritional components found in raw fruits and vegetables promote optimal cellular functions, which supports the body in eliminating toxins. Adding freshly made vegetable juices will also support the body in removing these unwanted wastes. Eating a diet with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, raw and organic preferred, is a great way to reduce toxic-cell overload. However, in conjunction with a fabulously health diet, you may consider using a specific herbal Liver Detox product. Also, most healthcare professionals recommended a whole body herbal detox program at least once or maybe twice a year.

In Health,
Naturally Botanicals Team