Mary Cotter has been sharing tips on how to get your liver functioning well and why this is important. Also demystifying the concept of ‘detoxing’ – what is your body actually doing and what do you need to know?
Where do toxins come from?
What might typical signs of poor detoxification be?
Possible long-term effects:
How does the liver detoxification system work?
Your liver works in two phases. Phase 1 is all about breaking toxins down and transforming them into water soluble substances so that they can be safely eliminated in Phase 2.
Think of your liver as a bath tub. Phase one is the running tap pouring water into the bath tub. Phase 2 is your drain. How well can you drain the toxins out of your bath tub, and safely out of your body. The two should ideally remain in balance. Different nutrients are required for phase 1 and phase 2 in order to function optimally. Antioxidants are also important in order to reduce free radical damage during this metabolic process.
Sufficient bile is also helpful because the liver makes bile and this carries toxic loads to the intestines to be absorbed by fibre and excreted via the stool. Keeping your digestive system moving twice daily is a good way to support liver detoxification.
Liver friendly foods
Foods to avoid
You have the opportunity to chat to a nutritionist and think a bit more about what you eat at all our Revive Days – Karen Scobie will be available for you at our Glasgow Revive Days at Move and Mary Cotter will be back at our Edinburgh warehouse days in autumn: @stellar_health_maryRead more Revive articles
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