When it comes to keeping a healthy body, the liver is often overlooked as a key contributor to overall health. The liver is responsible for hundreds of tasks that range from breaking down the foods we eat and storing important vitamins and minerals, to filtering out sugars and toxins from the body.
The liver is also responsible for estrogen metabolism and helping to decrease the amount of excess estrogens and xenoestrogens in the body. These xenoestrogens are prevalent in many dairy products, household cleaners and even makeup and everyday cosmetics.
An overproduction of estrogen in the body can cause symptoms such as:
Like other organs, the liver can become stressed out. This happens when the liver is overworked and becomes sluggish.
Symptoms of a stressed out or slow liver are:
· Yellowing of the skin
· Frequent bloating
· Chronic fatigue
· Darker urine
A simple blood test can look for elevated liver enzymes, which indicate inflammation or damage to the cells in the liver. These markers include, alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)
Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen and other prescription drugs can also cause elevated liver enzymes as can drinking alcohol.
Consuming too many artificial sugars, chemicals, or foods your body is intolerant to (as with inflammatory bowel diseases) can adversely affect the liver as it works overtime to break down these toxins.
The best way to keep the liver healthy and functioning optimally is through proper diet and supplementation.
Consume adequate protein, fiber rich foods, antioxidants, probiotic and prebiotics, limit alcohol and drink more water.
It’s also important to supplement with a multivitamin to fill in any nutritional gaps. They help to support the liver and remove toxins from the body, as well as bring the body back to a healthy and balanced state.
That’s why we have created Protea Nutrition’s protein supplement to include 30% of your daily multivitamin needs per serving. VePro contains no artificial sugars, dyes or fillers for the liver to have to break down. Just pure, wholesome nutrition to keep the body, liver and hormones functioning optimally.