Detoxify the liver naturally

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Liver diseases - widespread but little known. According to experts, over 5 million people in Germany suffer from liver diseases. Among them are many patients who do not even notice their disease, although it can be quite serious. The reason for this is ambiguous symptoms and the minor pain associated with such a disease. Detecting liver disease late can ultimately lead to liver cancer or cirrhosis. To avoid this, early prevention and regular check-ups of the organ are recommended.

In order to protect the liver from serious diseases in good time, many people are now opting for natural liver detoxification. Because it is in their own hands to protect this vital organ. That is why liver health is an important topic that should be adequately explained.

The liver: metabolic factory and storage organ

The liver is the largest organ in the body. In adults it weighs between 1,500 and 2,000 grams. Besides the heart, it is the only organ that is connected to two bloodstreams. It metabolizes fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It also serves to detoxify the body. The body can excrete toxic metabolic waste products (alcohol, medication, etc.) through the liver. The liver can store excess glucose and make it available when needed again.

The special thing about the liver is its ability to regenerate itself. It can regenerate tissue that has been damaged or has had to be removed through surgery. Healthy people only need around a third of the normal liver mass. This also offers medicine a good opportunity for organ transplantation using a living donation. However, it must be noted that the regeneration function is only possible to a limited extent. Diseases or malfunctions of the organ can limit this.

What harms the liver?

Although the liver is a true survivor and can endure a lot, there are still numerous toxins that have a negative impact on liver health. Many everyday consumer goods and lifestyles damage the liver in the long term, even if you don't notice it at first. These include:

  • Alcohol and nicotine
  • Sweets and sweetened foods
  • unhealthy fats (e.g. trans fats )
  • Lack of exercise
  • too less sleep

    Liver diseases

    It often takes a long time before a liver disease is discovered and many diseases are already at an advanced stage when they are diagnosed. The problem is that liver diseases do not cause any specific symptoms; at most, some sufferers may experience fatigue or a feeling of pressure in the upper abdomen. It is not uncommon for the diseases to be discovered by chance via a blood test or ultrasound. A tissue sample is then taken later on.

    Fatty liver

    In the case of fatty liver disease, the liver cells store increased amounts of fat. This is caused by alcohol, medication or an unhealthy lifestyle. Around 20 to 30 percent of the German population in western industrialized countries suffer from this disease. At first, fatty liver disease is harmless and causes no symptoms. However, if it progresses, it can have serious consequences. The structure of the liver changes and inflammation can occur (see hepatitis). It can also lead to an increase in the formation of connective tissue between the liver cells, causing the tissue to scar (see also liver cirrhosis). To prevent these cases from occurring, treatment initially involves a change in lifestyle. In the best case scenario, the liver can completely regenerate itself.

    Hepatitis (liver inflammation)

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which is divided into many different forms of the disease:

    • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A,B,C,D,E)
    • Concurrent viral hepatitis
    • Autoimmune hepatitis

    It is also commonly known as jaundice (often a yellowish change in the skin). The causes of this disease are very heterogeneous. Infections, medication, obesity and even alcohol can trigger hepatitis. Hepatitis is also divided into an acute and a chronic form, which differ in the duration of the disease. Acute forms usually last less than half a year and usually heal on their own. Chronic forms can cause permanent damage to the liver, which can result in cirrhosis or liver cancer.

    Liver cirrhosis

    In liver cirrhosis, healthy liver tissue gradually turns into connective tissue and becomes scarred. This causes the liver to continue to function less and less. In the worst case, liver failure can occur. Causes of this can be alcohol abuse, liver inflammation, other diseases of the liver (e.g. fatty liver), heart, metabolism, or medication and toxins. In the early stages of liver cirrhosis, treatment by combating the disease that caused it (hepatitis or alcohol addiction) is important. In addition, a healthier lifestyle with a diet plan and exercise should be established and followed. In later stages, these treatments are usually no longer effective and a liver transplant must be considered.

    Liver cancer

    Liver cancer often develops as a result of a previous liver disease. Liver cells change genetically and continue to multiply unchecked. Normally, such cells are destroyed by the body's own immune system. However, some cells manage to escape this process and form malignant tumors. As with other liver diseases, symptoms rarely occur in the early stages, meaning that the cancer often remains undetected for a long time. Depending on the stage of the tumor, curative therapy can be used, for example a liver transplant or surgical removal of the tumor. In advanced stages, only palliative measures can be used to relieve pain and improve the quality of the remaining life with chemotherapy, pain relief and blocking the blood vessels that supply the tumor.

    Detoxification - when & why?

    The liver supports the body with many vital functions. For this reason, the health of the organ should not be ignored. Detoxification of the liver can improve the liver's function and ensure its health. It is even recommended to cleanse your liver once a year for at least four weeks. This is how long the organ needs to fully regenerate itself. This method is particularly recommended in conjunction with intestinal cleansing.

    (For more information on the subject of intestinal cleansing, see the guide of the same name).

    Natural detoxification of the liver

    Detoxifying the liver naturally is a good way to protect the liver from further influence of toxins and to give it a break for regeneration.

    First, there are a number of natural foods that can strengthen and support your liver health:

    Foods to support liver detoxification:

    • Garlic
    • Walnuts
    • broccoli
    • lemon
    • Beetroot
    • artichokes
    • linseed oil
    • turmeric

    Milk thistle

    The healing properties of milk thistle were already known in ancient times. And it is now one of the most popular medicinal plants in Europe. The plant is an antioxidant that supports the immune system. It contains the active ingredient silymarin, which improves blood flow to the liver and activates the regeneration and formation of new liver cells. It serves to stabilize the cell membranes and thus prevents the penetration of toxins. [1,2]

    Artichoke extract

    The artichoke is primarily known as a delicacy and originally comes from the Arab countries, until it made its way to Europe several thousand years ago. It is a promising plant that can be enjoyed not only as a food. At the same time, it is said to have healing properties, which is why it is also very popular in naturopathy. The bitter substances it contains stimulate the metabolism. It also has a positive effect on liver health by activating the flow of bile, promising a detoxifying effect and protecting liver cells and stimulating regeneration. [3]

    Detoxify the liver in three days – is that possible?

    A frequently asked question is whether liver detoxification is possible in just a few days. This is practically impossible to achieve so quickly. The liver needs about a month of regeneration to fully recover from all the stress. However, even short detoxification phases can bring about improvements in liver health. However, if you have a serious liver disease or corresponding symptoms, you should speak to a doctor and generally avoid substances that are harmful to the liver.

    You can find our optimal complex consisting of milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion here [ CLICK HERE ].

    possible side effects

    When detoxifying the liver, unpleasant side effects may occur. The reason for this is that harmful substances and toxins have built up in the liver over a period of time and are released in large quantities at the same time during detoxification.

    Possible side effects are:

    • Diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • Skin blemishes
    • malaise

    Conclusion

    The liver is a very important storage organ in the body with a great special feature - it can regenerate itself. Nevertheless, we should treat it with care, because its self-regenerative power only works up to a certain point. Major damage and diseases of the liver can have serious consequences and are often only recognized late. It is therefore important to take adequate preventive care of your own liver health. More and more people are happy to use the natural liver detoxification method.

    • Avoiding substances that damage the liver (alcohol, nicotine, unhealthy diet, medication)
    • Consumption of liver-strengthening foods and active ingredients (artichoke, milk thistle)
    • sufficient exercise (can also lead to weight loss)
    • a generally healthy lifestyle

    Liver detoxification should be carried out regularly, ideally for about a month, so that the important organ can fully recover. Stay healthy!

    Important: This guide is intended as a source of information only. If you have acute problems, always consult your doctor. Under no circumstances should you stop taking your medication without consulting him or her and do not change your dosage on your own.

    Sources

    1. Mulrow, C. e. (2000). Milk thistle: effects on liver disease and cirrhosis and clinical adverse effects: summary.

    2. Bachmann, C. (2014). Milk thistle for the treatment of various liver injuries: clinical studies prove effectiveness.

    3. Panahi, Y. e. (2018). Efficacy of artichoke leaf extract in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial.


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