Our liver's do a lot of work on the daily. I used to think that only people that had a history of alcohol abuse or had other issues needed to worry about their liver health.
I can tell you now that I know that is all wrong- but maybe not in the ways you are thinking.
As it turns out, what I currently refer to as Liver Detoxing isn't really what I initially thought of when it was originally presented to me. When I think detox, I think of ridding something of toxins. It is actually the Liver's job to help the body eliminate toxins. That being said, we don't necessarily need to get toxins out of the liver (that's a little redundant 😉).
When we are saying "liver detox" we are really wanting to help the liver to function better. A strained liver is the result of many toxins coming into the body from various different ways including food, what goes into/ on the body, and other environmental factors. So, when we support a healthier liver, we are allowing the liver to clean out our body's the way they should.
How do you know if you or your pet may need a liver detox?
- Excessive Fatigue
- Skin Issues and Hair Loss
- Hormone Imbalances
- Bloating/ Passing Gas
- High Levels of Heavy Metals
- Definitely an important step- talk to your doctor or your pet's veterinarian.
For myself and my dog, Ardy, allergies were a big part of finding out that our livers needed extra support. I am still working on cleaning up my entire lymphatic system. Luckily, getting Ardy's liver functioning better was faster (which can be contributed, at least in part, to the fact that he is only 5 and I have been very picky about what he is exposed to since I got him at 6 months old).
So.... What do you need to do to have a happy liver?
As a human, one of my first thoughts is limit alcohol consumption. For me, that hasn't been a major contributor to my liver toxicity. And, I'm going to assume most pets don't have that problem either.
The next thing to consider is what goes in and on you and your pet. You may be surprised to find out that there are a lot of ingredients in some of your everyday products that are actually taxing your liver and even causing other issues with your body- including some issues that you consider normal 😳
Also, FOOD. I am not going to tell you about healthy foods and unhealthy foods- that's a whole different blog. What I will say is that you may not realize that your body (or your pet's body) may be sensitive to some foods that you deem as healthy. Example: I was feeding Ardy Chicken, Turkey, and Duck when we found out that he was allergic to poultry 🤦
Finally, to follow up on food: supplementation. What we know about food sources on the planet currently aren't as nutrient-dense as they were in years past. Add to that: a lot of foods (especially pet foods) are highly processed- and highly processed foods are far from nutrient-dense and usually contain some very unhealthy ingredients. Supplementation can be SUPER important for THE ENTIRE BODY.
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