Our liver is so overburdened and overworked from the toxic and chemical nature of today’s world. It seems like everything in our world is toxic these days – our air, our soil, our water, our food and the list goes on.
Did you know our bodies are now the home of well over 700 toxic chemicals?! That’s crazy! Even scarier, an Environmental Working Group study found newborns contained an average of 287 toxins in their urine including mercury, pesticides, formaldehyde, Teflon and more from exposure before birth.
Even if we make a concentrated effort to eat organically grown food and use natural personal care and cleaning products, we still can’t control the thousands of harmful toxins that are present in our environment.
Our liver has the super important job of cleaning all these toxins from the body. As you can imagine, it’s the hardest working organ in our body! But our liver was never designed to handle all the toxins and chemicals that are in today’s world. These excess toxins leave our liver overworked, overburdened, and stressed. When our liver can’t handle our toxic load, toxins accumulate in our body.
Alarming studies show that 100 percent of human fat cell biopsies show elevated levels of known toxins. Yikes! When toxins build up in our body, our health suffers. Mary Vance, holistic nutritionist and author of Three Weeks to Vitality says,
“Toxic overload creates an acidic internal environment and has been implicated in a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, allergies, skin conditions, asthma, mental illness, hypertension, gastritis, kidney disease and obesity. Studies are beginning to reveal that toxic overload contributes to more serious conditions such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory/rheumatoid arthritis, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”
Signs of a stressed liver:
chronic joint or muscle pain
digestion issues including gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain
hormonal imbalances like PMS or menopausal symptoms
acne or skin rashes
anxiety or depression
chronic bad breath
How do I fix a stressed liver?
The great news is that we can reduce and eliminate these unpleasant symptoms. By reducing our exposure to processed foods and chemicals, along with liver-supportive herbs and foods that support our body’s detox pathways, we can lower our total toxic load, making us feel better and experience more vibrant health and longevity.
Who needs to detox?
If you have any of the above symptoms for a stressed liver, you should definitely consider going through a detoxification program to regain your health and quality of life back. These days, I personally think everyone would benefit from going through a holistic cleanse or detox to reduce our toxic load and help support our liver.
How do I detox?
There are many gimmicky detox programs out there selling pills and products and making big promises to lose weight and feel great. But please be careful, do your research and choose a program carefully. Some programs can be downright dangerous. I recommend looking for a whole foods based detox or cleansing program that helps you transition into a long-term healthy lifestyle.
I personally recommend and can vouch for this 3 week detox program by nutritionist, Mary Vance called Three Weeks to Vitality (find it HERE). I especially like this program because it’s a whole foods based detox plan that focuses on liver supportive real, whole foods and liver cleansing herbs that support our body’s detox pathways. Mary clearly lays out easy to follow directions and guidelines for each week. There’s even meal plans, recipes, lifestyle tips, product recommendations and a wealth of valuable nutrition information. One of my favorite parts is that she teaches how to transition off the 3 week detox program and how to maintain it for LIFE, which is so key to a healthy liver and a healthy, vibrant life.