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High Liver Enzymes -- Liver Cleanse

Updated on April 1, 2016

High Liver Enzymes -- What Does it Mean?

In the modern day and age, the liver is under constant attack from various sources, and high liver enzymes is usually a sign or symptoms of something bigger going on inside the body. But let's start from square one. What is an enzyme anyway? An enzyme is a special type of protein that speeds up other chemical reactions. An enzyme is a catalyst, helping other chemical reactions . Enzymes help us digest food, deliver nutrients, carry away toxic wastes, and many other things. The liver itself produces thousands of different enzymes. So having elevated levels of liver enzymes generally means that something is out of sorts within the body. But why, you ask? What's wrong with having a few extra enzymes floating around?

The biggest problem with having higher amounts of liver enzymes is that the liver is already under an enormous strain in most people. Because of the Standard American Diet, overly-processed foods, preservatives, pesticides, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and many other non-foods have invaded our eating habits. All of these compounds must be dealt with and detoxified from the body, which is the liver's main role. This is a large burden, as anyone can see. Elevated levels of liver enzymes put an even higher strain on an already overburdened organ, and can be one of the precursors to cirrhosis of the liver.

Some Causes of High Liver Enzymes

Here are a few of the main causes of high liver enzymes:

1. Alcoholism

  • As most people are undoubtedly aware, drinking alcohol is hard on the liver.  Consuming alcohol on a regular basis is definitely a big cause of high liver enzymes.

2.  Cholesterol Medication

  • Cholesterol medication, most notably statins, can be a big cause of high liver enzymes. Many of the statins flush fat through your liver, which can result in developing Fatty Liver and also a higher amount of liver enzymes. The most common liver problem that comes from statins is an elevation in the liver enzymes ALT and AST.  Clinical studies have discovered that up to 3% of patients who take statins will develop high liver enzymes.  This elevation generally reverses when the patient gets off of statin medication, or reduces the dose, and there is generally no permanent liver damage.

3. Diabetes

  • Diabetes can bring about elevated levels of liver enzymes from a variety of factors.  Often, persons with diabetes also suffer from fatty liver, and this can be the cause of the elevated liver enzymes.  Another cause is certain types of diabetic medications, such as Metformin.

4. Adrenal Gland Fatigue

  • When the adrenal glands get fatigued, a number of other conditions can set in.  It's even being discovered that adrenal gland fatigue might be one of the precursors to developing diabetes.  When the adrenal glands get fatigued, the lack of proper hormone production can heavily affect the liver and cause elevated liver enzymes.

5. Obesity

6. Elevated Levels of Triglycerides

7. Infections such as Mononucleosis and Viral Hepatitis

8. Autoimmune Disorders of the Liver

Liver Detox and Support

Supporting the liver is an absolutely essential part of staying healthy and active in our modern world. With so many chemicals and compounds constantly bombarding our livers, it's very important to give our livers the support they need in order to do an effective job and keep from being overburdened. There are a few different ways to support the liver and give the body a good cleanse every now and again.

1. Exercise

  • Exercise is my favorite way to support the liver. Exercise supports the liver in three ways. First, because obesity is one of the main causes of high liver enzymes and fatty liver, reducing obesity lightens the overall load on the liver, not to mention the other organs. Second, sweating is one of the main ways that the body cleanses and detoxifies itself. Toxins are often stored in the skin, waiting to be expelled through sweat. The problem though is that most people don't sweat heavily very often, and the toxins stay built up in the body. Third, exercise and physical activity boosts liver function and helps the body produce more HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lower LDL (the bad kind). Having lower LDL is good for the liver and the whole body, and will reduce the need for cholesterol medication, which is one of the other leading causes of high liver enzymes.

Having a  good liver support formula supplement may or may not help control high liver enzymes, but it will definitely assist in healthy liver function.
Having a good liver support formula supplement may or may not help control high liver enzymes, but it will definitely assist in healthy liver function.

2. Liver Support Formula

  • A good liver support supplement is a great way to help keep the liver functioning at peak performance, and to help the liver cleanse itself and detoxify the body. There are a number of herbs, such as Milk Thistle, that do a great job of helping the liver to cleanse itself and maintain a healthy function. Pictured to the right is one of my favorite liver support formulas. I've also left you a link to it below. This liver support formula supplement has both Milk Thistle and Glutathione, which help not only with supporting the liver, but also help regulate cholesterol as well, which is a nice bonus. Whether you get this liver support formula supplement or another, it's a good idea to take something every now and again to help one of your body's most important organs.


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    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Yeah, you're right about that. Most places are reluctant to talk about what happens with long term use of most drugs.

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      9 years ago

      I have taken diabetes educational classes and no one ever talks about the damage you cause your system. I take metformin and a statin and have learn more by researching myself.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      See a doctor for sure.

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      Joe Quintanilla 

      9 years ago

      i has High Liver Enzymes then im deaf so what i do?

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      10 years ago from San Diego, California

      That's smart Lita to drink parsley juice. I bet that helps a lot. We all could do well to take a bit better care of our livers and kidneys. Thanks very much for stopping by!

    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      I take parsley juice to help cleanse my kidney and liver because I'm on statin and metformin maintenance as a diabetic. This hub just confirms the need to take care of my kidney and liver. Thanks!

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      10 years ago from San Diego, California

      Yeah, I'm in the middle of a cleanse myself. Milk thistle is the best. Good for a lot of different things. Thanks very much for stopping by!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I am all down with the liver cleanse! I usually take milk thistle. I did not know it help with high cholesterol.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      10 years ago from San Diego, California

      That's true for myself as well. I like to detox often just because of that fact. Thanks very much for stopping by.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you very much for this useful information. I am going to take your advice and detoxify my liver. I have not treated it well in the past.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      10 years ago from San Diego, California

      Nice :) I'm jealous. I want a nice warm fire.

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      David Walli 

      10 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      I agree about the exercise part. Here in northern Minnesota, where the temperature will get down to over twenty below and the high might be below zero Sunday, I am thankful for the chance to haul in split ash and poplar firewood, as well as bank snow around the house to keep us warm... good hub.. :)

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      10 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thanks guys! I've been studying the liver a lot recently, and I have a friend with high liver enzymes right now, so I really wanted to know everything I could about it. I'm very glad it was informative!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      10 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Really well researched and informative hub. Thanks for posting it.

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      Kim Harris 

      10 years ago

      Incredible. Very interesting hub and very well written; easy to read and understand. What more could a reader ask for?! I wonder if you have high triglycerides, if you can go on statins for awhile then off. hmmm. thank you much benjimester for the good info.


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