Maintaining healthy liver function is vital for overall wellness. If your liver is not functioning well, you will have free radical build up in your body. This leads to symptoms such as:
We must have the essential vitamins and minerals to stimulate and move through the liver detox pathways. As you see on the image above, phase 1 detoxification utilizes many B vitamins, glutathione, branched chain amino acids, flavinoids and phospholipids. If your gut health is compromised and you are not absorbing and assimilating your nutrients properly deficiencies in any of these will lead to liver stagnation and increased free radical production.
Speaking of free radicals, to keep these at bay we must have a good anti-oxidant concentration. High anti-oxidant nutrients are a must in every diet. This includes vitamins A, C, and E as well as selenium, zinc, copper, manganese, co-q-10, thiols, bioflavinoids, and milk thistle.
To properly stimulate phase 2 detoxification you must have the proper amino acids in the liver as well as N-Acetyl-Cysteine. Again, if your gut is unhealthy your absorption of vital amino acids is not working to its full extent. We must have a properly functioning GI tract to supply the liver with these vital amino acids or we do become toxic.
So how do you improve liver function naturally?
Stop eating processed foods! Processed foods cause havoc on your entire system and stimulate phase 1 detoxification, but most likely decrease phase 2 detoxification so you end up with more free radicals!
Eat potassium rich foods. Sweet potatoes have a very high concentration of potassium. Bananas do as well.
Raw vegetable juice, yes juicing not only helps cleanse the GI system it also improves liver detoxification and decreases free radical production!
Take a high quality milk thistle supplement and drink dandelion root tea!
Ionic cleanse detoxification. This procedure is simple yet effective to reduce free radicals in you body and improve liver detox.
Here is a video about liver detox!