Avoid Toxic Overload and Organ Failure with This All-Natural Liver Saver!
Posted May 28 2009 12:17am
The key to overall health… is your liver? Absolutely. This amazing 4-pound organ — located beneath your lower ribs and on the right side of your stomach — performs more than 500 bodily functions and chemical reactions each day to keep you in tip top shape. In fact, your liver:
Eliminates toxins… Your liver filters harmful toxins from foods… alcohol… and medicines from nearly 100 gallons of blood every day. Then it allows healthy nutrients to pass to your cells.
Breaks down fat… Your liver’s ability to manufacture a full quart of bile daily allows fat breakdown. Bile is that yellowish-green fluid that breaks down fat. Think of it as the soap detergent you use to get rid of grease from your dirty dishes.
Regulates blood sugar levels… You liver helps prevent unhealthy spikes and dips that can throw your body out of whack — and trigger scores of health problems.
Keeps your hormones in balance… Your liver produces more than 13,000 hormones and essential chemicals —including testosterone, estrogen and cholesterol — for optimum body function! Plus, it oversees the function of an additional 50,000 enzymes you need every day.
Despite the fact that the liver is an all-essential, and often overused organ, most people today do virtually nothing to protect it. Did you know that you could be open to possible liver and kidney damage if you are over 40… regularly take over-the-counter medicines… use prescription drugs… drink two or more glasses of beer, wine or hard liquor each week… or drink less than six to eight glasses of distilled or purified water each day?
Just look at the tremendous number of harmful chemicals we absorb that accumulate in our tissues when the liver, digestive system and skin cannot eliminate them:
Poisonous pesticides and herbicides from food crops.
5,500 chemically produced food additives.
Foods which are genetically altered, refined, frozen, fried, irradiated, hormone-filled, etc.
Auto exhaust, lawn sprays, household cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.
The main two organs of detoxification for these many chemicals are the intestinal tract and the liver. The intestinal tract is the first line of defense against harmful chemicals. When its lining becomes easily permeable (leaky gut syndrome), then harmful chemicals are allowed into the body.
The liver has two stages of detoxification of chemicals: they become water-soluble and get excreted via the kidney, or else they become inert to go out with the bile via the intestines. It is in the intestines where these toxic chemical by-products or acid body wastes could get reabsorbed via the intestines.
The body can deal with toxic chemicals in three general ways: remove them from the body, bury the toxins in body fat or deposit them in organ tissues.
Here is a list of symptoms that may correspond to organ toxicity:
Dark circles under eyes/puffiness
Fluctuating blood sugar
One main nutrient shown to help improve your liver function and flush toxins from your body is milk thistle. This flowering plant, native to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, may aid in preventing and repairing the liver from toxic chemical damage… help lower your cholesterol levels… and reduce your insulin resistance.
In studies reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), milk thistle has been associated with speeding up liver detoxification and bile production. 1 Plus, this all-natural plant can aid in the treatment of liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts). 2
Some other excellent nutrients available to defend your ailing liver include:
Soy Lecithin —removes excess fat and cholesterol that can clog your liver.
Turmeric Root — helps remove toxins from the liver and stimulates bile production.
Dandelion Root —gently filters toxins from your liver and kidneys.
These healing nutrients are just some of the safe and natural substances you can use to help clean, improve and maintain peak liver performance.
Another important way to fight liver, kidney or colon issues is with nutrition. I recommend you consume whole, natural foods, with as many uncooked vegetables as possible. This is the secret that combats the whole range of digestive issues.
Eat whole grains, broccoli, spinach, and leafy vegetables raw; eat your fruits daily; and make sure that you stay away from fast foods or microwavable kinds of food.
Instead, eat foods that look like they came out of the garden, and let your taste buds adapt to better-tasting more nutritious food. It takes time to get used to, but the prevention and positive medicinal effects on your digestive system will show the benefits very quickly.
The fact is, your body is fighting a constant battle when it comes to detoxification. Without optimum liver, kidney and intestinal function, you could be open to developing life-threatening conditions or find yourself on the receiving end of organ donation.
It’s important to seriously consider the food and nutrition you put into your body in order to reap the benefits of a healthy detox and excretory system.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ Publication Number 01-E024.September 2000.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2003). Hepatitis C and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 2003 Update (NCCAM Publication No. D004). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
[ Ed. Note: Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with more than 17 years of clinical experience. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Tulane Medical School. Dr. Cutler’s practice focuses on integrative solutions to health problems, and behavioral and nutritional medicine. For more information, visit www.truehealth.com.]