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According to Hepatology Study, Oprah, CNCA, American Liver Foundation,

Your liver is the second largest organ in your body (second only to your skin), 
weighing in at around three pounds and responsible for a myriad of essential body 
functions each and every day. Primarily, your liver’s job is to filter the blood that 
comes from your digestive tract, thereby metabolizing nutrients, drugs, alcohol and 
other substances consumed while helping to detoxify.

Your liver also manufactures proteins and produces bile to help break down fats and 
clear bilirubin, a potentially harmful substance formed from the breakdown of dead 
red blood cells, from your blood.

Why Your Liver May Need Extra Support

It is your liver that is responsible for processing virtually everything you consume -- 
protein, fat or carbohydrate -- and turning it into glucose that is used as fuel. But, 
since everything you consume passes through your liver it means your liver is 
subjected to an array of toxins -- pesticides, hormones, food additives, alcohol, 
medications, microorganisms, and more -- on a regular basis.

Your liver will either convert these harmful toxins into less harmful ones or ensure 
they’re eliminated from your body entirely. However, inevitably some toxins get left 
behind, hiding in certain liver cells or creating free radicals that can damage your liver 
and your overall health. This is why it’s so important to support your liver health in 
every way you can.

The foods you eat, the medications you take, the drinks you consume … all of these 
take a toll on your liver health, but you can help keep your liver in top working order 
by following the simple steps below.

10 Tips to Protect Your Liver

1. Eat organic foods as much as possible
Your diet represents one of the biggest potential burdens on your liver, as many 
foods are contaminated with pesticides, growth hormones and chemical additives.

By eating organic you are opting for the purest foods possible, which means you’re 
saving your liver from a slew of toxins. By definition, organic foods must be free from 
genetically modified organisms, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, growth 
hormones and other drugs.

2. Limit fructose, fried foods and processed foods containing trans fats or 
hydrogenated oils
Two more dietary burdens to your liver are hidden in many processed foods on your 
supermarket shelves: trans fats and fructose. Trans fats are common in fried foods 
like French fries and doughnuts and are also found in cookies, crackers and many 
other processed foods. If the ingredient list contains “hydrogenated” or “partially 
hydrogenated” oil, it will contain some amount of trans fat. Fructose is also found in 
numerous processed foods as well as in soda and fruit juice.

According to one study in the journal Hepatology, a diet high in fructose and trans 
fats leads to obesity and fatty liver disease.

3. Increase fruits, vegetables and other liver-boosting foods in your diet
On the flipside, you can also use your diet strategically to support your liver health by 
eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are naturally detoxifying.

Specifically, sulfur-rich foods, such as onions, garlic and all the veggies in the 
cruciferous family (broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, 
cauliflower, etc.) are known to help your liver detoxify environmental toxins, including 
prescription drugs and pesticides. Vegetables are also an excellent source of fiber, 
which helps toxins to move through your digestive tract, reducing stress on your liver.

Turmeric, cinnamon and licorice are also known to support healthy liver function.

4. Drink alcohol only in moderation (if at all)
Alcohol can destroy liver cells and lead to liver damage that causes fatty liver, 
inflammation, alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis. If you already have liver disease, 
drinking even a small amount of alcohol can make it worse.

5. Use natural household products
The more chemicals you are exposed to, the harder your liver has to work to keep 
you healthy. You can reduce stress on your liver by choosing natural cleaning 
products for your home and natural personal care products for your body. Be sure 
your drinking water is free from contaminants and consider using an air purifier in 
your home, especially if you live in a high-traffic area. You’ll also want to avoid 
spraying pesticides in or around your home.

6. Detoxify your body regularly
Your liver (along with your kidneys, blood, bowel, lymphatic system and skin) help 
your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine and feces. Detoxing 
can help to support and enhance this natural process. For tips on how to help 
support your liver’s two-phase detoxification process, be sure to read The Natural 
Way to Detox … and Why You Should.

7. Be careful with medications
Taking medications in improper doses, for too long, or mixed with other substances, 
such as alcohol or other drugs, can harm your liver. Acetaminophen (brand name 
Tylenol) is notorious for its potential danger to your liver, as overdose of this drug is 
actually the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

In fact, even when used correctly acetaminophen (in this case Extra Strength Tylenol) 
caused liver enzymes to increase three-fold beyond the normal upper limit, which is a 
sign of possible liver damage, according to one study. Some patients even had levels 
as high as eight times the normal enzyme level.

So keep in mind that you need to be careful with medications as far as your liver 
health is concerned, and this applies to over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol as well as 
prescription medications.

8. Exercise
Exercise is one straightforward way to lower your risk of fatty liver disease, not only 
by helping you to maintain a healthy body weight (obesity increases your risk of fatty 
liver disease) but also by leading to liver health improvements independent of weight 

One study published in Hepatology even found that staying active for at least 150 
minutes a week improved liver enzymes and other indices of liver function.

9. Avoid smoking
Smoking may harm your liver’s ability to effectively process and remove toxins from 
your body. It can also make alcohol-induced liver disease worse.

10. Consider liver supportive supplements
Certain high-quality supplements may help support liver health.

Milk thistle: Milk thistle seed extract helps to protect and promote liver health. 
Studies show that milk thistle:

Protects and promotes the growth of liver cells
Fights oxidation (a process that damages cells)

An analysis of 16 milk thistle trials by the National Institutes of Health also concluded 
that the supplement helped protect the liver via:

Antioxidant activity
Enhanced protein synthesis
Toxin blockade at the membrane level, inhibiting membrane peroxidation

Research suggests that silymarins, a group of potent antioxidants extracted from the 
seeds of milk thistle, have antioxidant properties several times greater than that of 
vitamins C and E. Of the silymarins, silybin has been shown to be the most effective 
in promoting liver health, which is why you’ll want to look for a supplement with a 
high percentage of silybin.

Detox Nutrients: Detox Nutrients is a unique combination of amino acids, nutrients, 
and herbs created as vitamins for liver health support that also helps promote 
detoxification. Carefully selected, ultra-pure ingredients include the herbs Milk Thistle, 
Curcumin, Grape Seed Extract, and Green Tea, plus MSM. This powerful synergistic 
blend of antioxidants helps enhance the body's natural defense systems and 
supports the liver's primary detoxification pathways (phase I and phase II)

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy 
liver function.

Remember, a strong liver is one of your best defenses against the toxins bombarding 
your body on a daily basis. A healthy lifestyle that lessens your toxic load while 
providing your body with high-quality sources of essential nutrients will keep your 
liver in top working order.