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The Basics Of Digestive Health, Part 2

The Basics Of Digestive Health, Part 2

Let’s continue to learn about the digestive health with Dr Claire Arcidiacono, ND. This weeks blog post will focus on pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

Hepatitis C: What You Can Do to Help Your Liver – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 390

Hepatitis C: What You Can Do to Help Your Liver – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 390

The Hepatitis C virus affects millions of Americans, but many people don’t know they have it. This is why it is called the “silent killer”. Learn more about this potentially chronic infection from Jerry Hickey, Ph.

Fatty Liver Disease Is on the Rise – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 349

Fatty Liver Disease Is on the Rise – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 349

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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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You know how problematic a clogged drain can be, but imagine what would happen if your liver were clogged up. Today, I want to talk about clogged-up livers and talk about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.†  

What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a major problem throughout the world and this is becoming increasingly prevalent. It is becoming the leading cause of liver disease throughout the world. This issue has a strong tie to cardiometabolic diseases as well.†

This can all come down to diet. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as opposed to alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, occurs through the accumulation of hepatic fat. The basic way to describe this problem is “the clogging up of the liver.” When we have an excess amount of fat, it begins to build up within the liver itself and it creates inflammation. This can even lead to liver cancer.† 

Some of the risk factors for the pathophysiology of this disease include insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol and obesity. There are also different genetic predispositions, but most of it comes down to diet and lack of exercise.† 

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The role of nutrients in liver health

Every single day, Americans are taking in nutrient-depleted foods. These foods are lacking in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are needed to help protect the liver. Because of this, it’s not hard to realize why there has been such an increased prevalence in fatty livers.†

Nutrients such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E are really important when it comes to maintaining the health of the liver.† 

If you do find that you have a fatty liver, the first thing you should do is take a hard look at your diet, as well as your levels of exercise. You could also be on a medication that might impacting your liver enzymes. We also have to look at what nutrients we may be deficient in. For instance, many studies have shown that inadequate levels of Vitamin E can be linked to the worsening of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Additional studies have shown that when patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease begin supplementing with Vitamin E, this can help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as liver cell death.†  

Omega-3 fatty acids are also going to play a role in this. This includes fish oils, krill oils and flaxseed, which can all help ease inflammation.†

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In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses non-alcoholic liver disease, which is becoming more and more prevalent around the world. She explains how this issue impacts liver health, as well as the wellness of the whole body, and lists some nutrients that are important for maintaining the health of the liver.† 

Key Topics:

  • The prevalence of fatty liver disease in America
  • Common factors that impact liver health
  • How to know if you have fatty liver disease
  • The impact of diet and exercise on liver health
  • The role of the liver within the body

Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.

Milk Thistle Is A True Power Plant For Liver Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 299

Milk Thistle Is A True Power Plant For Liver Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 299

The liver is a very important organ and it is critical to nearly all biological functions in the body. But factors including air pollution, toxins from food and skin care products and alcohol can disrupt its function.

NAC: The Inflammation Battling, Antioxidant-Boosting Amino Acid – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 128

NAC: The Inflammation Battling, Antioxidant-Boosting Amino Acid – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 128

NAC is an important amino acid for numerous functions throughout the body. It has recently been studied in clinical trials for its benefit for the COVID-19 infection, along with fending off oxidative stress and inhibiting H. Pylori bacteria.

Daily Detoxification: The Key to Optimal Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 82

Daily Detoxification: The Key to Optimal Health – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 82

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Let’s talk about metabolic detoxification – what it is, why does it matter, what makes it so important for our overall health and wellness? There are things you should be doing to help you body remove harmful toxins!

What is Metabolic Detoxification?

Metabolic Detoxification is basically the pathway by which the body processes unwanted chemicals for elimination. We are all exposed to many different and damaging factors everyday, including environmental toxins, prescription medications and pesticides used in foods. It is this excess build up of these factors that can really mess up our body’s normal, daily functioning.

How the body detoxifies itself 

The body goes through three phases in order to detoxify itself. The first is an enzymatic transformation that chemically transforms compounds to make them either for the body to remove. The second phase is an enzymatic conjugation that further increases the water solubility and decrease the reactivity of the different things that are coming through phase 1. Finally, in the third phase, is the excretion of these water-soluble compounds from the cells. This is extremely important, because we have to go through all three of these phases each and every day. The body has to be able to detoxify itself.

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Now, when you think of detoxification or a detox, you may think of a ‘crash cleanse’. But detoxification in the context of human biochemistry, we are talking about a very precise series of events that occurs each and every day – not a week-long juice cleanse.

Minimizing Your Exposure To Toxins

The liver and the kidneys are the two primary secretory organs in the body when it comes to detoxification. As mentioned above, there are many factors that can cause a build up of toxins in your body. Very overlooked are commonly used beauty products, including lotion and shampoo. You want to be sure they do not contain parabens, sulfates and alcohol. Take a natural approach to beauty products and choose products that contain natural ingredients, including Green Tea and essential oils.

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Sometimes it is hard to avoid things like pollution, especially if you live in a big city, so you want to make sure you have extra nutrients on board in order to support your organs and your body’s natural detoxification processes. In phase 1 detoxification, there are different enzymes that help the liver to break down the toxins in your body and key antioxidants that also assist in this, including Glutathione and Superoxide Dismutase.

In phase 2 detoxification, NRF-2 is very important. This is a master regulator of our antioxidant response in the body and it critical for detox. It is reliant on many key detoxification molecules, like Glutathione, Superoxide Dismutase, and Coenzyme Q10. Dietary intake of foods like cruiciferious vegetables are very beneficial in this NRF-2 activation. In phase 3 detoxification, the balance of these nutrients and activation’s are extremely important in order for the body to carry out and excrete these toxins within our body.  If you are following a Standard American Diet and eating processed foods filled with chemicals that are too difficult to pronounce, it is clear that your body is lacking the vital nutrients it needs to be able to carry out this process (and many more) accurately.

My Recommendations 

My recommendation is to make sure you are taking a superior multivitamin that provides you all of the essential minerals and vitamins you need, while supporting healthy detoxification and also a healthy immune system.

You may also want to incorporate key vitamins and minerals, along with some dietary changes:

  • NAC helps promote Glutathione levels in the body†
  • Milk Thistle is a plant-based herb that helps promote proper detoxification
  • Following a Mediterranean diet, which contains fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants and fiber that support overall health and wellness

Often times, you need to give your body an extra hand (because of all of these outside factors) in order for our bodies to work optimally, especially if you are not feeding it properly. Daily Detox is a wonderful blend of really powerful nutrients that helps to enhance the way that your body goes through these phases of detoxification. It contains nutrients and herbs like Milk Thistle, Pomegranate Extract, Dandelion Root Extract, NAC, Chlorella, EGCG from Green Tea Extract, Glycine and  MSM.

Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.

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