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The Overlooked Organ that’s the Key to Good Health

Posted May 28 2009 12:17am

In This Issue:

Avoid Toxic Overload and Organ Failure with This All-Natural Liver Saver!

By Michael Cutler, M.D.

The key to overall health… is your liver? Absolutely. This amazing 4-pound organ —  Liver 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:

  • Poor digestion
  • Constipation
  • Overweight
  • Skin conditions/allergies
  • Dark circles under eyes/puffiness
  • Recurring headaches
  • Food allergies
  • Fluctuating blood sugar
  • PMS
  • Poor sleep

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 few 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.

References

  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ Publication Number 01-E024. September 2000.
  2. 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.]

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anti-aging Reverse Aging:

How to Fight Aging and Stay Young

By Mark Rosenberg, MD

If you want to look and feel young, it is essential to have an anti-aging strategy. I’m nottalking about harsh facelifts or exotic drug cocktails.  Exciting research has revealed natural and effective ways to stay physically active, mentally sharp and younger looking well into your golden years. Here, I will review my top strategies to fight aging in every aspect of your life, from the food you eat to the ingredients that may help keep you young. 1

Superstar Supplements
If you already take a multi-vitamin, it may be time to upgrade your supplement to better target your anti-aging concerns. One new ingredient receiving much attention lately is ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate (OKG). 2 Made from the amino acids, ornithine and glutamine, OKG can stimulate tissue and muscle growth in the body. In times of trauma or stress, the body may not make enough of these amino acids on its own. Taking OKG as a supplement may help preserve muscle and regenerate aging tissue.

Another star ingredient is Mucuna pruriens. This plant has several bioactive compounds as well as L-dopa, which is essential for the production of dopamine in the body. Dopamine works with the nervous system and is vital for optimal brain function. It also prevents muscle tremors. In addition to helping your body make dopamine, L-dopa may also support the body’s ability to release growth hormone. As a tool for healthy aging, the brain, muscle and growth support from Mucuna pruriens is highly promising. 3

Eat to Reach 100
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as an anti-aging diet. 4 Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune on exotic foods to get big benefits. Many diseases that strike as you age are caused by oxidative stress, or the accumulation of too many free radicals in the body. Free radicals are oxygen particles that can damage tissues and cause inflammation on the cellular level. To prevent oxidative stress, research points to the power of antioxidants.

One class of antioxidants called phytonutrients scrubs free radicals from your body so cells stay healthy and disease free. To get an ample supply of antioxidants, eat a diet loaded with colorful fruits and vegetables. Dark leafy greens, bright orange veggies and fresh or frozen berries are just a few choices that studies prove are particularly high in antioxidants. Virtually all types of fruit and vegetables have benefits. Other antioxidant-rich foods include nuts, legumes and whole grains.

Saving Face
We all want to stay fit and active as we age, but for most of us, looking young is important too. Just as antioxidants can fight aging from the inside, they can also smooth lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone on the outside. The skincare industry has identified the most powerful antioxidants for topical use, and you can find them in creams and serums designed to target every individual need. Look for products with pomegranate, coffeeberry, idebenone (an analog of CoQ10), and green tea.

Age-Proof Your Brain
Along with a healthy body and younger-looking appearance, you’ll need to keep your brain sharp and agile as you age. Research shows one of the best ways to do this is by playing games. Almost anything goes. Crosswords and Sudoku have been touted as mental boosters, but scrabble, card games and computer games may also exercise your brain. When new neural pathways and connections are formed on a regular basis, your brain stays quick and flexible. 5

Certain foods can help your brain too. Studies have shown that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can reduce the risk of dementia in aging people. The ability of these nutrients to fight inflammation is thought to be the reason for this benefit. To get plenty of these nutrients, eat fatty fish like wild salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines at least two times a week and add walnuts and flax seeds to your diet. Following a Mediterranean-style diet, which includes less red meat and more plant foods, has also been shown to lower risk of dementia.

Now that you’ve read up on the latest anti-aging news, it’s time to put your own plan into action. Talk to your doctor about your personal goals and concerns and use my strategies as a starting point. It is possible to look, feel and think like a young person as you age if you take these positive steps today!

References

  1. http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/tc/alzheimers-disease-prevention.
  2. http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe
  3. http://herbal-powers.com/macunapruriens1.html.
  4. http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/anti-aging-diet?page=2.
  5. http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/06/alzheimers-cognitive-brain-personal-finance-
    retirementmentalexercise.html?loomia_ow=
    t0:s0:a41:g26:r18:c0.001408:b23776664&partner=loomia.

[ Ed. Note: Mark Rosenberg, M.D. is director of the "Institute for Anti-Aging" in South Florida. He is a highly sought-after speaker for lectures on topics such as integrative cancer therapy and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Rosenberg is avidly involved in supplement research and is nutritional consultant for Vitalmax Vitamins.]

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ice cream Healthy Recipes:

Coconut Ice Cream

By Kelley Herring

You’ll hardly believe this creamy, tropical delight has only 135 calories and 1 gram ofsugar per serving! In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, you might just feel calmer after eating it. That’s because calcium and magnesium work together to relax and calm the nerves and support the nervous system.

Time to Table: 20 minutes + 4 hours
Yield: 1 quart (8-1/2 cup servings)

The Benefits
Good Source of: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium
Preferences: Low Sodium, No Dairy, Gluten Free

Ingredients
4 Tbsp organic agave nectar
1 tsp organic arrowroot
2 cups organic coconut milk*
2 tsp organic vanilla extract

Preparation
Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Heat slowly and gently, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to thicken. Take off heat and let cool. Follow directions of ice cream maker.

*NOTE: NOT canned sweetened coconut mixture. Be sure to read the label.

Nutrition Information
135 Calories, 12 g Total Fat, 11 g Saturated fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 1 g Monounsaturated fat, 0 g Polyunsaturated fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 12 mg Sodium, 7 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 1 g Sugars, 1 g Protein

[ Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder of Healing Gourmet – the world's leading website on the power of foods to promote health and protect against disease. Her latest work is a revolutionary health transformation program called, Your Plate, Your Fate. In this 7-part program you'll learn how to protect your health and optimize your weight by maximizing the nutrients in your food. Learn more here.]

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