A healthy liver and colon; why it matters

by Bruce Polack

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The liver and colon play crucial roles in our overall health and wellness, but many of us overlook their importance. From processing fats and hormones to eliminating waste and toxins, a healthy liver and colon are essential for maintaining health. 

Are you feeling run down, experiencing skin issues, or suffering from low energy levels? Before you jump to conclusions and assume it’s a liver problem, take a step back and consider your colon.

The health of your colon can have a big impact on your overall well-being and, in turn, the health of your liver.

In this article, we’ll explore the connection between the liver and colon, and provide actionable steps you can take to support their health.

The role of the liver

Your liver performs a multitude of important functions for your body. From producing hormones and clearing out toxins to processing fats and vitamins, it’s a vital organ that plays a crucial role in your overall health.

If the liver isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to symptoms such as sleep issues, hormonal imbalances, and skin problems. And a poorly functioning liver might be linked to the health colon.

The connection between the liver and colon

One of the main ways the liver removes toxins is through bile, a digestive fluid that helps break down fats and eliminate waste products from the body.

Bile travels from the liver to the colon, where it helps move waste out of the body through daily bowel movements. However, if you’re constipated or not having regular bowel movements, the toxins can start to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, leading to a host of symptoms and putting extra strain on the liver.

Supporting your colon

To support the health of your colon, there are a few things you can do. First, consider taking triphala, an Ayurvedic traditional Indian herb that can help improve the muscular contractions of the digestive tract. Adding magnesium and high-viscosity fiber to your diet can also help keep the colon moving and absorb toxins. Finally, incorporating pre- and probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

Supporting your liver

Once your colon is functioning properly, it’s time to focus on the liver. There are many liver-supporting supplements available, including NAC and milk thistle. Adding a bitter herb like artichoke or dandelion can also help stimulate the production of bile and move toxins out of the liver. By keeping both the liver and colon in good health, you can improve your energy levels, mood, and skin health.

In conclusion, it’s important to consider both the liver and colon when it comes to overall health. By supporting both organs, you can ensure that your body is functioning optimally and free of toxic buildup.

Bruce Polack is passionate about natural health, and has been involved in the field, for over 20 years. He is the Natural Health Manager of the West Vancouver Pure Integrative Pharmacy on Marine Drive. He is also Pure’s Corporate Trainer.