The word “detox” has been around for decades and is often misunderstood as a word that belongs to low cost laxative, the term “Liver detox” has also brought up some debates among doctors.
The liver stores fat and sugar, makes proteins, converts food into nutrients and helps detoxify the bloodstream. For sure a healthy liver does its job, however, as it keeps absorbing the abundance of toxins, it becomes overloaded, congested, and ceases optimal functioning.
In traditional Chinese and Indian Ayuveric medicine, the concept of health is that if your liver and intestine are in harmony, the rest of your body will be in harmony (Homeostasis) . A distressed and abused liver could lead to rashes, acne, dryness, dull, and saggy skin.
We consult Dr. Ayoub Abulkhir about how liver works, he explains, ‘ The liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.’
To understand more, the liver is a major hormone processor as well as a digestive organ. Once the food goes in the body and travels through the digestive system, being broken apart into smaller component particles such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and such prior to landing in the intestine. It’ll be taken up by the cells in the lining of the intestine, theninto the blood. The blood acts as a messenger to send nutrients to the liver, where the liver purifies the bloodstream before going through the whole body.
Simply said, imagine your body as a security system at the airport. You need to go through the boarding pass check by the gate which would be your intestine, the next step is screening where you clear out water along with prohibited goods, that’d be your liver.
Dr. Abulkhir also states that the primary functions of the liver are:
- Bile production and excretion
- Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs
- Metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
- Enzyme activation
- Storage of glycogen, vitamins, and minerals
- Synthesis of plasma proteins, such as albumin, and clotting factors
- Blood detoxification and purification
It takes a long period of time for the liver to develop signs and signals of its abused status. Here are the signs that you should be aware :
Acne on the chin, back, shoulders and all the way up to neck and jaw.
The neck area contains a circulatory blood vessel system which is called - lymph.
The liver produces a large amount of lymph, which is estimated to be 25 to 50% of the lymph flowing through the thoracic duct. Similar to those in other organs, lymphatic vessels in the liver function to retain fluid and regulate the immune system. And on top of that, when the liver is fatigued and overloaded, it fails to purify the blood, and it leads lymph congestion. Once the lymphatic system is congested and allows the toxicity to flow through the body, it’s when other diseases such as psoriasis, autoimmune, or cancer begin to emerge.
Since major toxins come from food (along with other external environments), having a healthy gut is the prime step to reduce the toxicity in the liver.
Eliminating food toxicity and burden in the liver, let the liver cleanse itself and slowly recover.
- Build liver detoxification system
Though the liver needs its cleansing, it needs its battery to support the function.
- Support the liver with fat metabolizing nutrients such as Lecithin, Bile Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Digestive Enzyme, B Vitamin Complex
- Other vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, D, and E, Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 & 6
such as Selenium, Zinc with Copper. If you’re having liver acne, that means you’re burning through Zinc and your liver uses zinc rapidly. It’s important to supplement zinc to keep it at a stable, healthy level.
Drink alcohol in moderation.
For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than eight drinks a week for women and more than 15 drinks a week for men.
Keep blood sugar stable
Magnesium, chromium, especially L-glutamine is a wonderful amino acid to help build glutathione, which is a premier detoxifier. L-glutamine also helps healing of the gut and reduce sugar cravings by having the body uses glutamine instead of sugar.
- Qua Sha
This ancient Chinese beauty method has been called as pseudoscience by dermatologists in modern days, however, this practice has been used for centuries, from one generation to another. It's because it's able to massage and remove the lymphatic blockage without hurting the skin (if it's done right).