Give Your Liver a Little Extra Love!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 30, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
If you’re like many of us, you may have found yourself nibbling a wee too much shortbread over the holidays, or perhaps sipping one too many eggnogs… just maybe?
All those goodies sure taste great, but the extra fat and alcohol we often end up consuming at this time of year, put an even bigger load upon our already overworked liver. This is the perfect time of year to give your liver a little extra love!
Supporting your liver will help it to better detoxify the thousands of substances that pass through it each minute (like alcohol in eggnog) and improve its ability to digest fat (shortbread anyone?).
Milk Thistle supports the liver in not only its primary role of detoxification, but also with protein synthesis and the manufacture of enzymes, hormones, and bile (very important for fat digestion). It helps the liver to repair itself (and even regenerate new liver cells), reduces inflammation in the liver, and provides antioxidant protection.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan