While our bodies are generally self-cleansing, sometimes in our toxic world, they need a helping hand. One of our biggest organs, the 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.
You probably didn’t know this unbelievable information that our bodies are now the home of well over 700 toxic chemicals, which we all agree sounds crazy! What’s even worse is that 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:
hormonal imbalances like PMS or menopausal symptoms
acne or skin rashes
anxiety or depression
chronic joint or muscle pain
chronic bad breath
digestion issues including gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain
How do I fix a stressed liver?
We can reduce and eliminate these unpleasant symptoms which is a great news. 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?
You should definitely consider going through a detoxification program to regain your health and quality of life back, if you have any of the above symptoms for a stressed liver. These days, 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?
Nowadays you can find many gimmicky detox programs selling pills and products and making big promises to lose weight and feel great. But you should be careful, do your research and choose a program carefully. Some programs can be downright dangerous. It is good to look for a whole foods based detox or cleansing program that helps you transition into a long-term healthy lifestyle.