Natural remedies for liver function
The liver is a crucial organ in the body, responsible for a wide range of functions such as breaking down toxins, regulating hormones, and supporting heart health. However, in today's fast-paced world, our livers are often subject to a range of toxic substances that can damage the organ and lead to inflammation.
If you're concerned about your liver health, let's explore the common health concerns when it comes to liver health, as well as what you can do to support your liver and natural detoxification process through your diet, lifestyle and supplements.
What are the typical most common liver concerns?Fatty liver: A buildup of fat in liver cells due to unhealthy lifestyle or genetics, easily treatable.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: A worse form of fatty liver, with a greater chance of scarring and liver failure, may require medical intervention.
Hepatitis: A liver infection caused by a virus or alcohol, with different types and varying severities, requiring medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.
Liver cancer: A rare but serious condition, with a low survival rate if left untreated, requiring regular check-ups and monitoring.
Liver cirrhosis: A chronic liver condition caused by scarring, leading to impaired liver function, potentially requiring treatment, regular monitoring, and lifestyle changes.
How you can support your liver healthA healthy and balanced diet rich in:
Leafy greens: these are packed with antioxidants, fibre and folate (all of which aid your natural detoxification process.
Oily fish: think SMASH - salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring. These are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which aid inreducing inflammation and improving liver function.
Whole grains: these contain fibre and are generally lower GI to allow for a steadier release of energy, which can help reduce blood sugar spikes.
Lifestyle changes can help support your liver, such as:
Watching your alcohol intake: A major component of liver disease
Maintaining a healthy weight: Obesity or excess fat can put additional pressure on the liver and could contribute to fatty liver disease
Staying hydrated: Adequate hydration promotes liver function
Minimise exposure to environmental toxins
Stress management: Chronic stress impacts overall health, including liver function
Whilst supplements are not a substitute for a varied diet, we recommend:
Omega-3: Particularly for those who do not consume the recommended weekly intake of oily fish or follow a plant based diet.
B vitamins: Vitamins B6, B12 and B9 all play essential roles in metabolic and liver health. These can be taken in B-complex vitamin supplements.
Milk thistle: This herb is a great option for natural support for your liver.
What is Milk Thistle and how does it Help to support liver health?Milk thistle, also known as Silybum marianum, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its liver-supporting effects. The plant contains potent phytonutrients that can help protect the liver from damage and promote detoxification, helping to reduce inflammation and support liver health.
How to incorporate milk thistle into your daily routine?We recommend Napiers Organic Milk Thistle Alcohol-Free Tincture Drops as the drops contain 100% organic milk thistle oil, extracted using a low-temperature, expeller-pressed process that preserves its highest quality and bioactivity. The drops are gentle on the digestive system and can be added to your daily routine for convenient support. What's more, the drops are alcohol-free, making them suitable for those who want to avoid alcohol in their supplements.
Your liver can be supported via your diet, lifestyle and supplements. We recommend our milk thistle tincture drops as an easy and convenient way to support your liver daily. Book a free 1:1 consultation with our herbal practitioners to learn more about how milk thistle and other herbs many benefit your overall health and wellbeing