Posted by Seminal Wellness Team on 7/3/2022 to News
What if your best skin and body is less about what you're putting in and more about what you're taking out? It is becoming clear that the liver—located in the upper-right region of the abdominal cavity and on top of the right kidney—is not only central to detoxification; by extension, it is critical in improving our skin care and sense of wellness. The liver performs a variety of functions including the production of bile, which eliminates waste and breaks down fat during the digestive process; ridding the blood of drugs, like alcohol, and toxic substances; and combatting infections by creating immune factors and removing bacteria from the blood, among other vital activities. To keep our liver performing at optimal levels, we should detox it regularly. Let's find out about why liver detoxification is so important for skin health and overall wellness, and key ingredients that help us detox effectively.
In many ways, the liver is the body's metabolic factory, generating the energy required to maintain the activity performed every moment by all the body's cells. And, let us not forget that our skin is a primary form of protection. Our skin cells require the energy to eliminate toxins and to continually regenerate, giving us the radiant glow we all desire. When our skin is not getting the necessary cellular support, from our liver, we see inflammation that can manifest as dermatitis, eczema, premature aging and wrinkling, rashes (which can even lead to ulcers), hives, psoriasis, and other issues. As we can surmise, a liver that is not working at its best can also undermine our wellness. Chronic liver disease has been associated with fatigue (neuromuscular and cognitive), anxiety, and depression. Though the reasons for these correlations are still unclear, the dangerous buildup of toxins in the body, resulting from an underactive liver, may be a primary factor. Even without chronic liver disease, rebalancing our liver is a potent weapon, especially after over-indulgence. Not only can a liver detox help in optimizing our body's health, it may also conquer a hangover. For these reasons, regular liver detoxification is recommended.
So, which ingredients are optimal for a liver cleanse? Five of the most effective are included below.
- Turmeric: For centuries, turmeric has been used in India for medicine and therapies. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, with dynamic properties, including eliminating toxins and initiating the repair of liver cells, because of its abundant level of antioxidants. Turmeric has also been found to detox the liver of metals, and promote bile production.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables—including broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale—have also shown to be particularly effective in liver detoxification. Eating these vegetables will boost the production of glucosinolate in your body, which aids in the removal of carcinogens and similar toxins.
- Beetroot: Beets contain vitamin C and a high level of insoluble fiber—natural detoxification agents. Just as importantly, beets enable increased oxygenation by cleansing the blood, and facilitate the breakdown of toxins, ensuring their quicker excretion. Additionally, beets promote bile flow and increase the activity of enzymes.
- Citrus: Of course, citrus fruits are another excellent source of vitamin C, which has already been noted as a natural cleanser. However, they also facilitate the synthesis of toxic substances, making them more water soluble. Grapefruit, particularly, contains two chief antioxidants, naringin and naringenin, which can help protect the liver from injury, thus reducing inflammation.
- Olive oil: This healthy fat can serve as a liquid base for absorbing toxins in the body. It has also been shown to reduce the level of fat in the liver.
We must also state that no matter how good a liver cleanse is, you should only drink in moderation. There's a limit to how much alcohol your liver can handle at once. Experts recommend no more than one drink a day for women and two for men. A drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or a shot of liquor. Anything past these amounts places your liver at risk of inflammation, scarring and eventually cirrhosis, and cancer. There are supplements, including those provided by Seminal Wellness, that can help you recover after over-indulgence; but, we implore you to always drink responsibly–and in moderation.
As can be seen, when focusing on better health, we have to be just as mindful of what comes out as we are of what goes in.
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