How's Your Liver Doing?
Your body’s Liver helps convert food into energy. It also supports your natural detox process and waste removal by converting toxins, like alcohol, harmful metals, and medications, into harmless substances and ensures they’re removed from the body.
What we eat and drink makes the Liver’s job easier or harder. Hands up if you’ve been making its job a little (or a lot) tougher this Summer with a higher alcohol, salt, sugar & saturated-fat-heavy diet. In this Blended news, we’re giving you some easy ways to show your Liver some regular love. If you're feeling sluggish, brain foggy and bloated, or just want to support your body's daily functions, give them a try.
Signs of Liver Damage
While serious Liver damage is unlikely after a short period of higher alcohol & fluid consumption, longer term these symptoms can start to show and flag a serious issue:
• Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
• Pain & distention of the abdomen due to the release of fluid from the liver
• Swelling of lower legs due to fluid retention
• Confusion or forgetfulness
• Dark-colored urine
• Pale-colored stool
• Chronic fatigue
• Nausea or vomiting
Easy Adds for Liver Support
Add to Your Daily Routine:
Drink Water (8 to 10 glasses per day): one of the best ways to help your body remove waste is drinking water throughout the day.
Add Lemon: the citric acid found in lemon water has been shown to protect liver function and prevent oxidative damage, helping preserve the liver’s natural ability to detoxify. Organic lemon is packed into most of our Easy & Deep Greens blends.
Eat Blueberries & Cranberries: they’re incredibly high in antioxidants, which can protect the liver from damage. Eat 1 cup blueberries or cranberries per day. Get your daily dose in our Inside & Out Acai, Acai Radiance, Blueberry Boost, Athlete & Green Mo blends. Find them all here: Berry blends.
Include Cruciferous Vegetables: examples are Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, and mustard greens, which are high in beneficial plant compounds. Studies have shown they help increase levels of detoxification enzymes and protect the liver from damage. Get your daily dose from our Greens Immunity Soup, Cherry Bomb, Nutty Chocolate Lover & Daily Chai.
Aim to include 2 of these with your daily foods & beverages:
Fish: certain types of fish, like salmon and sardines, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease blood triglyceride levels and lower blood pressure, both of which can help out your liver. Aim for 3+ servings per week.
Ginger: proven to help improve your body’s control of blood sugar and also treat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Find it packed into our greens blends.
Green tea: studies show that drinking green tea may improve the health of the liver, reduce fat deposits in the liver, and possibly ward against liver cancer. Find it in our Matcha Morning blend.
Dandelion: Studies have also shown that dandelion can be beneficial for liver function. Find it in our Greens D-tox & The Remedy blends.
Grapefruit: studies have found the antioxidants contained in grapefruit can help protect the liver from injury and the harmful effects of alcohol.
Flag: avoid herbal supplements if you have liver disease. Talk to your health practitioner before making changes to your diet or supplement plan.
Blended For Supporting Your Liver
Here’s a quick-shop list of blends that pack in a bunch of the foods your Liver loves:
Green Lovers 10-Pack
Berry blends (acai radiance, inside & out acai, blueberry boost, the athlete)
Greens Immunity Soup
Nutty Chocolate Lover
If you're looking for a health re-set to get you on track with better nutrition habits, increase your energy, and support your liver function, check out one of our
3-Day or 7-Day Cleanse plans.
If you have any questions about our different programs and/or if a Blended Cleanse Plan is right for your body's needs, please connect with us.