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Joint health, the cardiovascular system, and digestive wellbeing. What do these (and many more bodily processes) have in common? They all rely on healthy liver function in order to work at optimum levels! The liver plays a key role in overall wellbeing, but unfortunately in this day and age we’re bombarded with toxic pesticides, plastics, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, food additives and preservatives, and many other toxic compounds – and that puts a major stress on the liver.
Luckily, the liver is one of the few organs in the body that is extremely adept at regenerating itself. “The liver can still function after 90% of it has been removed, and it will eventually grow back to completion,” explains Ken Swartz, research scientist and co-host of The C60 Show. In order for it to do that, however, the liver must stay vital and healthy.
Key Functions of the Liver
The liver is responsible for literally hundreds of fundamental processes within the body, including the cleansing of blood, regulation of fat storage, discharging waste, neutralizing poisons, metabolizing alcohol, digestive support, removing bacteria from blood, storing vitamins, minerals and sugar, maintaining hormone balance, synthesis and secretion of cholesterol, and the production of immune system components. With so much responsibility put upon one organ, it’s crucial that liver health is made a priority.
Signs of a Sluggish Liver
The liver detoxification pathways work in two phases, first processing fat-soluble toxins and then eliminating them through water-soluble waste. In order for the liver to eliminate toxins properly, which is one of its most important tasks, it’s critical that both phases do their job properly. Signs that the liver is overburdened and under-functioning include acne and rashes on the skin, allergies, headaches and mood swings, and pain in the muscles and joints. The liver breaks down chemical compounds, a process that produces free radicals, which then cause inflammation and pain as a result. This can manifest as swelling and discomfort in the joints.
Blood sugar imbalance can occur because the liver detoxes the blood of excess insulin, neurotransmitters, and hormones. This affects all systems of the body and can be especially noticeable when the liver is not working well.
Because the liver does much of its detoxification and regeneration between 11 pm and 3 am, eating late and/or repeatedly waking up during this time frame can indicate the liver is struggling to function properly. Additionally, digestive issues, especially constipation, may mean the body is having trouble eliminating waste efficiently, which can mean that toxins are then reabsorbed into the body rather than dispelled as they are intended to be.
The liver is also partially responsible for the generation and distribution of cholesterol, but an excess of cholesterol within the body may mean the liver is not functioning properly. “While you might think elevated cholesterol levels are indicative of heart disease, it can actually indicate a sluggish liver,” shares Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show.
In addition, because the brain is largely made of fat, and fat is known to sequester toxins, brain fog and other cognitive conditions may indicate the liver is not detoxifying the body the way that it should.
The bottom line? If your body is telling you something’s not right and you’re struggling to figure out the source of the issue, the liver may hold the answer.
10 Ways to Support Your Liver Naturally
1. Cut Out Bad Fats
Inflammatory oils like canola, sunflower, safflower, peanut, and more are hiding in plain sight in all kinds of packaged and processed foods. These oils are hard to digest and wreak havoc in the digestive tract, making it hard for bile to break down. Additionally, oils that have oxidized due to high heat contribute to the development of gallstones, as do sensitivities to eggs and dairy. Naturally, anti-inflammatory fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil provide much healthier alternatives to inflammatory seed oils.
2. Skip the Late-Night Snacks
The liver’s regenerative cycle is between 11 pm and 3 am, so if your body is busy digesting food at this time, it disrupts the seep and detoxification process. Overeating, in general, is also very taxing to the liver, as is eating too much protein. Aim for stopping at 80% fullness at each meal, and get in bed by 10 pm in order to fall asleep before 11. Your liver will thank you!
3. Avoid Toxins
Switch to organic food and body products whenever possible to reduce the toxic burden on your body. Put a filter on your faucet and in the shower (the skin is extremely absorbent!), and use glass containers for storing food. It’s especially important to avoid heating food in plastic containers, as the heating process encourages the leaching of chemicals into your favorite snacks. When eating out, keep in mind the foods with the highest levels of pesticide residues include beef, dairy, and anything that is extremely fatty or higher on the food chain. This is also true of mercury and heavy metal content in fish; the smaller the fish, the fewer toxins it carries.
A periodic detox can also be helpful, as well as daily habits that encourage the detoxification process, like yoga, dry brushing, and using the sauna.
4. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol causes inflammation in the liver, and the liver has a more difficult time filtering when it’s inflamed. When the liver is clogged with fat, inflammation is exacerbated, increasing the possibility of cirrhosis, or the hardening of the liver cells. Once cirrhosis sets in, the liver has a much harder time regenerating cells.
Furthermore, alcohol and refined sugar can contribute to fatty liver, which is a major contributing factor to heart disease. “Alcohol is just like liquid sugar. The liver turns it into glycogen, but when its glycogen storage capacity is overloaded, it just starts going into the fat, and then you get a fatty liver,” cautions Ken.
5. Eat Plenty of Fiber
Foods rich in soluble fiber help support the liver by binding to toxins and moving them out. Add chia seeds, flax seeds, fruits, vegetables, beans, and oats to your diet to help flush out impurities and keep digestion moving.
6. Incorporate Antioxidants (like C60!)
Colorful fruits and vegetables naturally contain high levels of antioxidants, which combat and neutralize toxins in the body so they are more readily removed and flushed through elimination channels. Because a major component of liver function involves filtering out pollutants, supporting your liver with antioxidants like C60 Purple Power is especially useful.
7. Add in Cruciferous Vegetables
Members of the brassica (mustard) family, such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, and bok choy are high in sulfur, supporting the sulfation pathway in phase two of liver detox. This is especially helpful for removing excess hormones from the body.
8. Try Some Chlorophyll!
Chlorophyll helps clear toxins from the body, including heavy metals in particular. Seaweeds such as chlorella and spirulina, leafy greens, and matcha green tea will all do the trick. Bitter greens such as mustard and dandelion greens also support the detoxification pathways and help encourage the production and release of bile during digestion.
9. Take Your B Vitamins
Taking a high-quality B-complex daily can be very helpful; B vitamins are crucial for the liver’s ability to detoxify. Good sources include whole grains, fermented foods, dark leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. In addition, selenium and magnesium are also crucial to liver function, as is glutathione and vitamins C and E.
10. Get Plenty of Exercise
In conjunction with the main channels of elimination, the liver also supports the body’s ability to clear toxins through perspiration and respiration. Getting some exercise, increasing the heart rate and sweating gives the liver another pathway to clear impurities from the body.
Carbon 60 Supports Healthy Liver Function
C60 Purple Power oil is a powerful antioxidant; it addresses oxidative stress (free radicals, aka reactive oxidative species or ROS) better than any other antioxidants we know of.1 When oxidative stress is managed, an entire cascade of benefits is unleashed. If the body is not preoccupied with the task of addressing ROS, it is able to return to its primary cellular functions, and overall bodily health is supported.
C60 Addresses Free Radicals
C60 Purple Power protects the liver from oxidative radicals created during the liver’s breakdown of toxins. As Ken is fond of saying, it’s not the toxins that create the damage, it’s the fact that toxins generate free radicals when they’re broken down, which creates a major source of oxidative stress in the body. Keep this in mind when detoxing or doing any kind of cleanse or weight loss plan, as detoxes essentially mean there will be a flood of toxins released into the bloodstream that then need to be processed and released. Luckily, the liver is one of the places that store carbon 60 molecules during supplementation, and it is one of the locations in the body where it is naturally the most useful!2
Carbon 60 Supports Healthy Inflammatory Response
One of the major effects of ROS production is inflammation, which then generates more ROS, which causes more inflammation in a feedback loop. The liver has a difficult time filtering when it’s inflamed, leading to a backup of toxins that then manifest in a host of different symptoms like those mentioned above, from acne to cirrhosis. An overflow of toxins in the liver may also end up in the joints, causing arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. By targeting free radicals, C60 manages inflammatory response, supporting liver health which then promotes the health of multiple bodily processes.
C60 Promotes Liver Function
Another benefit of addressing oxidative stress is that mitochondrial function can return to normal, promoting cellular health and the production of ATP. Liver cells are then able to do their job more efficiently.
C60 Supports Liver Cell Regeneration
Because one of the liver’s greatest assets is its ability to regenerate, it’s vital to keep the liver healthy and able to do just that. Studies have reported C60’s ability to promote stem cell production.3 Stem cells can then be used by all the various parts of the body, including the liver, to replace and regenerate cells as needed.
Carbon 60 Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is not bad in and of itself, but when certain types of cholesterol levels get out of hand, then it becomes a problem. Even LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, is necessary for certain bodily functions. We need LDL cholesterol for the synthesis of hormones, of which the liver plays a part. By addressing oxidative stress and promoting cellular health, cellular function improves. This contributes not only to ATP production, but also to the generation of pregnenolone, the precursor needed to make all hormones. One of the reasons there might be an excess of cholesterol may be due to a lack of pregnenolone in the body. Once pregnenolone production is restored, LDL cholesterol can then be utilized for good and healthy hormone levels are supported.
Your Liver’s New BFF
There are a multitude of ways to support a healthy body and a healthy liver. By taking responsibility for your health and making dietary and lifestyle changes that promote physical and mental wellbeing, the body starts to feel and function better. C60 Purple Power’s antioxidant power works in conjunction with a healthy diet and habits to support the liver and the whole body. To learn more about liver health and how C60 Purple Power can help, watch The C60 Show on YouTube or listen on Apple Podcasts.
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