Supporting Your Liver
Your quality of life is dependent upon your liver’s ability to properly function.
As the primary defense against toxins and chemicals that enter the bloodstream, your liver is challenged to serve as the principal organ of detoxification 24 hours a day. If your liver ceases to function or becomes impaired, you will become quite ill. Our environment is becoming much more toxic with exposure to pollution, chemicals, and several toxins. This increased toxicity can bring about a serious liver condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in which dangerous levels of fat accumulate in the liver. NAFLD can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This often leads to the progression of liver failure and eventual death.
NAFLD is the most common liver disease in Western industrialized nations, with an estimated prevalence of 30 percent in the U.S. population. There is no treatment for NAFLD and while liver tests can confirm the diagnosis of NAFLD, many individuals with NAFLD present normal liver test results. The key to addressing NAFLD is solely by changes in lifestyle. It is important to decrease toxic load by consuming a healthful diet. Daily exercise is important to help the liver mobilize toxins and to encourage weight loss. Protecting the liver is critical and individuals concerned about NAFLD need to minimize their consumption of prescription medications, alcohol, and especially the over-the-counter pain reliever, acetaminophen.
In cases of prolonged toxic challenge or the inability to make lifestyle changes to help resolve toxicity issues, the addition of supplements to further support the liver is recommended. The elaborate enzyme systems found in the liver are dependent upon various nutrients to operate properly. The premier antioxidant and nutrient necessary for proper liver support is glutathione. Liposomal Glutathione is present in every cell of the body and the depletion of glutathione is noted in a wide range of medical conditions in addition to liver dysfunction.
For many years, nutritional precursors were utilized to help support the liver by increasing the body’s store of glutathione. Supplements such as alpha-lipoic acid and N-acetyl-cysteine were also found to be helpful in supporting the liver and raising glutathione levels in the body. The herb Silybum marianum, commonly known as milk thistle, has been used since antiquity to help protect and enhance the function of the liver.
A healthy liver is essential to life. Therefore, a supplement program that supports the liver with nutrients such as Liposomal Glutathione 250 mg, NAC 600 mg, Alpha Lipoic Acid 300 mg, Vitamin C Esterified 500 mg, and Milk Thistle Plus is well and highly advised. For those individuals interested in liver support and avoiding future health complications, book an appointment for a consultation at 361.575.4173 or by sending an email to [email protected].
To your healthy and happy, well-functioning liver!
Cherise & Steve
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