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The liver is the body’s largest internal organ. The cleanliness of the blood in our entire body is reliant on the liver. It plays an essential role relating to immunity, utilisation of nutrients, digestion, detoxification and metabolism. Without the liver, the tissues of the body would very quickly die from lack of nutrients and energy.
Unfortunately many people these days give the liver a beating with their unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices, which results in a them experiencing a variety of symptoms and disease. Luckily, nature has designed the liver to be able to regenerate rather quickly.
In this article I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the liver and choices you can make to reverse the damage and rebuild dead tissues in the liver so you can heal and experience vibrant health.
WHAT ARE THE LIVERS FUNCTIONS?
The liver has many functions, three of the main ones being the following. The liver plants an important role in the digestion of fats. Bile is produced in the liver by hepatocytes, which get passed through to be stored in the gallbladder. When we eat food containing fat, this bile is released, and works to break down the fat so the body can easier digest it and use it as an energy source. The more fat you eat, the more bile it has to produce to save the pancreas. The pancreas doesn’t cope with too much fat and becomes swollen and inflamed and stops working efficiently when you overload the body with fat.
The liver also stores important nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E, K and B12 to provide a constant supply to the tissues of the body, and for emergency use in the future. It stores glucose for times when your blood sugar drops (e.g. you might skip a meal). This allows the liver to maintain the balance of blood glucose levels, which also prevents straining of the pancreas.
The liver works as a filter by purifying and detoxifying the blood. It monitors its contents as it passes through and neutralises any potential harmful substances before they reach the rest of the body.
WHAT DAMAGES THE LIVER?
- pharmaceutical medication
- heavy metal toxicity
- alcohol consumption
- a diet high in fat
SYMPTOMS OF A DAMAGED LIVER
- weight gain
- high blood pressure
- fatty liver
- digestive issues
- brown liver spots on the skin
- itchy, puffy, red eyes
- bad breath and coated tongue
- type 1 and 2 diabetes
- swelling of the abdomen
- vitamin deficiencies
If you are consuming too many toxins, your liver will become overloaded, so its next best option is to store the toxins. This is your liver trying to keep you safe. Unfortunately this doesn’t work long-term because the more toxins it has to store, the more stagnant it becomes, and the less effective it is at filtering the blood. Did you know when the blood leaves the liver it goes directly to the heart? So when the liver isn’t cleaning the blood properly, this is a serious problem because the heart begins to receive dirty blood.
Another issue with the liver becoming stagnant is that the heart has to pump harder and harder to draw blood from the liver – this causes high blood pressure. While too many stored toxins in the liver causes scar tissue damage known as cirrhosis.
HOW TO HELP HEAL AND CLEANSE THE LIVER
REMOVE TOXIC FOODS
You are putting your liver at risk if you are eating processed foods like fried foods, packaged foods, baked goods, candy, chocolate etc. These foods have added ingredients like processed sugar, preservatives, table salt, and chemicals which poison your cells. Your liver has to work extremely hard to neutralise the toxins, and when it all becomes too much, it stores them and becomes slow and stagnant. Eliminating alcohol is a must because it is poisonous to your body and the liver cannot break it down fast enough.
EAT FOODS THAT SUPPORT THE LIVER
Eat foods rich in Vitamin C on a daily basis to help reverse and prevent scar tissue in the liver. These include oranges which contain bioavailable Vitamin C, along with foods like broccoli, berries, pineapple, papayas, kiwi fruit etc. Bitter greens like dandelion and arugula massage and purge the liver by activating histamines to grab onto toxins and flush them out. Kale and spinach work to gently cleanse the liver. Red apples are filled with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, phytochemicals, and antioxidants which are critical for the liver. They have a unique flavonoid, Phlorizidin, which aids the stimulation of bile production. Always choose red over green apples because they have more anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. Grapes are rich in antioxidants and enhance the functions of the liver.
DRINK FRESH RAW JUICE
Juicing is an amazing way to boost your intake of raw fruits and vegetables which nourish the liver. Juice is also extremely easy to digest, thus helping you to effectively absorb much more of the nutrients. This is very beneficial for anyone struggling with liver problems because it is more than likely digestion is compromised too. I also recommend to people to embark on a seven day juice cleanse to really give digestion a rest, while focusing on juicing the foods mentioned above to help heal and restore the liver.
Vitamin B12 is crucial in protecting your liver. It’s important to take a Vitamin B12 supplement with methylcobalamin and added adenosylcobalamin, as that’s the coenzyme that brings your liver back to good health.
Your gut microbiome play an essential role in the health of the liver. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is closely related to liver problems. Taking a high quality probiotic supplement helps support liver health while also helping to reduce acid levels in the body and create a more friendly pH balance.
Milk thistle is a powerful detoxifier and helps to support and aid the liver. It has been used for over two thousand years as a natural treatment for liver disorders. It contains a unique bioflavonoid complex known as silymarin which helps protect the liver from toxins.
Burdock root or burdock root tea is a very strong liver purifier. Burdock root stimulates bile in the body, which helps the liver get rid of toxins efficiently. It’s also extremely high in minerals, balances hormones, and cleanses the blood.
REDUCE FAT INTAKE
If you’ve got liver issues, or you’re wanting to detox the liver, you must reduce your fat intake (whatever that looks like to you). If you’re eating one whole avocado per day, knock it back to three per week. If you’re mixing flax or chia into your smoothie every day, take that back to a couple times per week. Healthy fats are so good for you, but they do put strain on the liver. So by reducing your fats a little you’re going to give the liver a chance to cleanse, rebuild and rejuvenate, so that it can get back into balance and work effectively again.
I hope this article has helped you realise how important it is to cleanse and take care of your liver for overall health and wellbeing. Get to the root of the issue and remove the toxins while using specific foods, herbs and supplements to reverse any damage and rebuild the livers functions.
REFERENCE: The Medical Medium “Healing Your Liver”