In this article we will talk about the basic function of the liver and why you might want to consider a healthy liver support supplement and/or health regimen.
What is the function of your liver?
The liver is one of the body’s vital organs and the second largest next to the skin. Its function is to process all that the body eats and consumes and absorbs (including the air we breathe) and turn these into energy (glucose) to sustain bodily functions. It accumulates all nutrients and feeds them into the other cells and organs of the body. It filters the blood and cleans or detoxifies the body.
Why do people seek Liver support?
The liver is constantly subjected to battering and the stress that toxins bring together with the food that is eaten. These toxin sources are alcohol, carcinogens, preservatives, pesticides, germs, heavy metals, residues from medicines taken etc. that harm the body. These toxins are filtered out of the blood by the liver and manufacture bile to aid in digestion and secrete hormones and enzymes for sustained healthy body function.
While the liver works hard to eliminate all these toxins, some are retained. This is why the liver needs support to sustain its food processing and cleansing functions in terms of lifestyle changes and the taking of liver strengthening supplements.
In addition to liver support supplementation the following habits are the basic things you can do to maintain a healthy high functioning liver.
- Avoid eating GMO food and conventional food treated with pesticides
- Don’t consume fried food
- Don’t eat transfats, and hydrogenated fats
- Increased portions of fruits and vegetables (specifically raw foods).
- Reduced alcohol intake
- Use natural household cleaning products
- Regular exercise
- Avoid smoking and pollution
Best Liver Support Supplements
There are a number of supplements that strengthen the liver and/or aid in the process of detoxification: Glutathione, an antioxidant and aids in detoxification; schizandra which is a berry-like fruit from ancient China which strengthens the liver and contains the five basic flavors of Chinese herbal medicines; milk thistle an antioxidant which promotes protein synthesis, blocks toxins, and the growth of liver cells and resists the harmful effects of cell-damaging oxidation; N-acetyl Cysteine in Glutathione which facilitates an effective and efficient and healthful detoxification process; and alpha lipoic acid a natural substance produced by cells which processes food eaten from glucose into energy for the use of the body’s cells and organs.
Growing in popularity for their effectiveness, efficiency, and safety, Schizandra and Shilajit outperform all other liver supplements available in the market. Scientific researches show that both supplements are excellent anti-oxidants which cleanse the liver of toxins, purify the blood, support kidney health and reduce the damage of free-radicals on body cells among others which include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic , anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-aging, and the mental enhancing features for shilajit and anti-toxic, anti-allergenic, anti-depressant and anti-fatigue attributes for schizandra. Schizandra is, in fact, popularly used for the treatment of liver diseases such as hepatitis as illustrated by DBD, a schizandra-based liver treatment developed by the Chinese.
These two natural products are popularly distributed as tea and tonic drink in the Chinese, Korean, Himalayan, and Russian contexts in support of general physical well-being, the health of liver and kidney, and the enhancement of spiritual power.
Thus, as stimulants, both natural products are effective and safe substitutes for caffeine-based coffee.
Schizandra, a berry, is the best herb in the roster of Chinese traditional medicines and Shilajit, a highly-prized phytochemical, is derived from decayed plants found in the cracks of rocks in mountain sides. Purblack, a Shilajit-based product, neutralizes the effects of alcohol which is a major cause of liver ailments.
Both products can be safely consumed in recommended quantities. Caution must be exercised to ensure the consumption of purified Shilajit because of the presence of toxins, heavy metals, and gems given its origin as a natural product. Consumers are warned against the use of both supplements by pregnant women. Epileptics and those with hypertension or hyper-acidity must refrain from using Schizandra.
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