Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

5 Ways to Support Your Liver

Toxins are stored in your cells. The quality of your life comes down to the quality of your cells. To remove toxins from your body, you need a properly functioning liver.

We are constantly exposed to toxins in our daily lives. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the personal care products that we choose (yes, even your toothpaste can make you fat!), from our bodies when we are under consistent stress and can even be caused by our thoughts which can change our biochemistry and produce more toxins internally.

The liver has 2 phases to help us effectively prepare toxins to be eliminated through our bowel movements and urine. To clear those toxins out of our bodies, we want to be sure that we are supporting our liver the best we can. Here are 5 simple things to do to support your liver:

  1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine is found in coffee, some tea, sodas and chocolate. It also causes Phase I of liver detoxification to speed up. If Phase I is moving too fast, Phase II can’t keep up it’s end of the bargain and the toxins end up being turned into molecules that cause inflammation in the body. This inflammation is responsible for the myriad of things that put our bodies in a state of dis-ease, such as those mentioned above.
  2. Excessive alcohol. A drink here and there is fine and may even be beneficial but if your one glass of wine turns into 2 or 3 or the whole bottle, you might want to consider giving your liver some love by cutting back. Excessive alcohol also pushes Phase I and causes the same dynamic as described above.
  3. Consume cruciferous vegetables. In the same vein as wanting to slow down the chemical reactions that occur in Phase I, we want to speed up the physical reactions in Phase II so that we can move more toxins out of our bodies. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts, just to name a few contain indole-3-carbinol. This chemical is responsible for helping Phase II be more efficient. Specifically it helps remove excess estrogen which may be responsible for hormone imbalances that lead to hormone-mediated cancers.
  4. Consume alliums which include onions, shallots, and garlic. These foods contain chemicals that also support Phase II of liver detoxification.
  5. Make sure that you have, at a minimum, one health bowel movement per day. If the liver is functioning optimally but you are not eliminating, the toxins are returned to the body and continue to cause problems. Some people do not go at least once a day and you can help your body to do that by supplementing with magnesium citrate or take 2 tablespoons of chia seeds or ground flax seeds in 6 ounces of water before bed to help move things along.

The liver is the second largest detoxification organ in our body; the largest is our skin. When the liver is functioning properly, we feel great – our skin looks clear and healthy, our breath smells good,  we sleep well at night and we maintain the proper weight. However, when the liver is not functioning properly, we end up with bloating, gas, constipation, difficulty concentrating, excessive weight or difficulty losing weight, fatigue, fluid retention, headaches, joint pain, muscle aches, sinus congestion… the list goes on and on.

Supporting the liver is one key to a long and healthy life. Contact me at to find out how to work with me to learn more ways to live optimally.

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