Digestive troubles are on the rise. It seems like everyone you talk to is dealing with some digestion-related issue. Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, heartburn, cramping… the list of uncomfortable problems goes on and on. The moral of the story is that digestive problems suck and can really put a damper on your day. The good news is that improving them may not be as difficult as you think.
Your liver can help improve digestion
When we think of the digestive system, we think of the stomach and colon… But did you know your liver plays a large role in digestion too? In fact, your liver is responsible for over 500 functions, and one of those is getting all the blood from the stomach and intestines. The liver then detoxifies the blood, removing toxins and releasing bile to help aid in digestion.
The liver plays a particularly important role in women, as a clogged liver can contribute to digestive problems. The liver is responsible for recycling estrogen, which is necessary not only for healthy digestion but for proper menstruation too.
Daniel Gagnon, member of the American Herbalist Guild, explained “When people have liver imbalances, they get frontal headaches and sinus pain. They may awake in the morning with a coated tongue and filmy teeth. When they eat fat, they keep burping it up because it takes such a long time to digest.”
Tips to cleanse your liver
If you want to clean out your liver, simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help. Furthermore, by cleansing your liver, your digestion could improve too.
Here are some tips to better improve the health of your liver:
- Ensure you have healthy potassium levels
- Avoid alcohol or minimize alcohol consumption
- Avoid intravenous drug use
- Lower your risk of exposure to harmful chemicals by wearing proper protective gear when you are near such chemicals
- Always have protected sex
- Maintain healthy levels of blood triglycerides
- Don’t take too many drugs containing acetaminophen
- Eat a healthy diet and try to avoid eating chemicals or other toxins. Buy organic when possible.
- Drink lemon water
- Minimize your intake of fatty foods, processed food, sugary foods, artificial foods, etc.
- Exercise regularly
- Don’t smoke