About Liver Health and Exercise

About Body Right LivCleanTM.. Your liver is the largest and heaviest internal organ. It processes anything you eat or drink, and either repackages it for your body to use or eliminates it. The liver also stores vitamins and helps detoxify your body.  Like an engine, your liver performs a number of functions that ensure other body processes run smoothly. Taking care of your liver is essential to helping it function properly, especially if you suffer from liver disease. A component of good care is regular exercise, which can improve both your overall health and have a positive effect on liver function.

Due to its substantial involvement in many functions within the body, liver health is vital for optimal athletic performance, recovery from strenuous exercise and hormonal health. Some key aspects in which the liver affects these areas are:

Flushing and clearing excess quantities of hormones like estrogen and cortisol (this is especially beneficial for anti-aromatase efforts)

Converting Vitamin D into a usable form
Converting carbohydrates into glycogen (energy storage for muscle)
Converting glycogen into glucose; the usuable form to provide for muscular contraction
in working muscles
Breaking down fats for energy
Eliminating or reducing toxins

Liver Health and Intensive Training Practices

The liver enzymes AST and ALT (Alanine transaminase & aspartate aminotransferase)

These enzymes are indications of liver and muscle inflammation. Strenuous exercise such as weightlifting or distance running can abnormally elevate levels 1-2 times above the standard limit for as long as one week after exercise is completed. Those working out strenuously multiple times in a row many find that these levels are even more elevated the more intense their workouts are. Strength training also has a more drastic effect on levels than aerobic exercise.(1)  Studies have also shown  that  long -distance endurance athletes (i.e marathoners, tri-athletes, etc also produce high levels of these liver enzymes.(2)

Most athletes and active individuals would be wise to supplement their daily diet with a liver support formula. It is inexpensive and can help protect healthy liver function.

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Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is well-known for its ability to heal and protect the liver. It belongs to the Asteraceae or daisy family and is native to the Mediterranean region. Milk thistle seeds contain antioxidants known as flavonolignans, and its active ingredient, silymarin, is a combination of these flavonolignans. Silymarin helps to protect the liver from toxins and pollutants and makes milk thistle, your body cannot easily absorb milk thistle, so it’s best taken in capsule form at therapeutic dosages (3)

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Also known as thioctic acid, this antioxidant substance strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. The human body makes alpha-lipoic acid and it’s found in every cell, helping to convert glucose into energy, states the University of Maryland Medical Center or UMMC. As an antioxidant, it combats free radicals and aids in protect Dandelion has a long history of traditional use in many systems of medicine in the treatment of hepatobiliary problems. The root is traditionally used to treat liver and spleen ailmentsing the liver from cell and tissue damage.(4)

Dandelion Root Extract

This botanical has been used for centuries as a liver tonic. It is primarily a gastrointestinal remedy,supporting digestion and liver function. The clinical studies have been performed documenting improved digestion, liver protection ,increased bile flow, and as an anti-toxin.

(1)Muscular exercise can cause highly pathological liver function tests in healthy men
Jonas Pettersson, Ulf Hindorf, Paula Persson, Thomas Bengtsson, Ulf Malmqvist, Viktoria Werkström, and Mats Ekelund
Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2008 Feb; 65(2): 253–259

(2)Silymarin: a review of its clinical properties in the management of hepatic disorders.
Wellington K1, Jarvis B.
BioDrugs. 2001;15(7):465-89

(3)Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis.2018 Apr 17.
Effects of alpha-lipoic acid supplementation on C-reactive protein level: A systematic review
and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trial

Saboori S, Falahi E, Eslampour E, Zeinali Khosroshahi M, Yousefi Rad E.
(4)Int J Mol Sci. 2010 Jan; 11(1): 67–78.
Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Root and Leaf
Ung-Kyu Choi,1 Ok-Hwan Lee, Joo Hyuk Yim, Chang-Won Cho, Young Kyung Rhee,Seong-Il Lim, and
Young-Chan Kim

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About the Author:

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Stratman has been working successfully in the branded and private label Sports Nutrition space for over 25 years. He is passionate about specific sport training and the physiological and nutritional fields of high performance and anti-aging research. A former competitive triathlete and AAU Masters swimmer, he has held senior level sales & marketing positions with such companies as Inner Armour, Pacific Health Labs, Pinnacle Sports, TwinLab. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. Also an accomplished public speaker and writer, he possesses a positive, motivating, and empathetic outlook towards others who are striving to attain their goals and is currently working towards a NASM cpt certification with specialization in senior fitness and sport specific training protocols.