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Love Your Liver!  Here’s Why…

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN

Aside from the heart and brain, the liver is most definitely the body’s most important organ. It is so crucial that it can actually re-grow itself from just a single cell! The liver is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen and serves over 500 functions. However, its predominant functions include:

• Filtering the blood

• Regulating blood sugar

• Producing bile

• Producing and metabolizing fats

• Producing proteins

Unfortunately, the liver is very often the most compromised of all the body’s organs. This occurs because if the body is too toxic (as is the case in the majority of the population) the liver’s filtration and detoxification role is multiplied. It becomes like an air filter that turns black after countless hours filtering polluted air.

Consider all the medications and hormones people take, the polluted air and water we breathe, the stress in our lives, the poor food choices many people make, the excessive smoking and alcohol intake, and the recreational drugs some people use! The list goes on and on. These are a just a few ways that we overburden our liver!

The thing to remember is that everything must pass through the liver before going to its final destination. Therefore, the more garbage you take in, the more work your liver has to do, and the more compromised it will become in the long run.

Here are some common symptoms of an overloaded liver:

• Fatigue

• Depression

• Skin problems

• Jaundice

• Inability to lose fat

• Anxiety

• PMS and menopause

• Headaches

• Hypoglycemia

• Elevated blood triglycerides

• Varicose veins

• Poor blood detoxification

Getting your liver back into high gear is absolutely critical in preventing or minimizing the above symptoms and promoting long-term health. The problem is that a sluggish liver usually indicates that other organs such as the adrenals and thyroid may be compromised as well. Every single cell, organ, and system in the body is connected. Nothing ever occurs in isolation.

Here are a few ways that you can improve the health of your liver:

1. Drink a glass of lemon water (freshly squeezed) first thing in the morning – Lemon helps to detoxify the liver which has accumulated toxins overnight in the bile. It then stimulates gall bladder contractions, allowing the bile to flow into the small intestine. Wait 30 minutes before eating.

2. Eat liver friendly foods – garlic, onions, legumes, pears, apples, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, artichoke, beets, carrots, dandelion, turmeric, kale.

3. Remove dietary, environmental, and lifestyle stressors – for instance, coffee, alcohol, smoking, environmental toxins, unneeded stress.

4. Enjoy dandelion root tea or milk thistle tea – the former is great for supporting liver detoxification while the latter is helpful in regeneration of liver tissue.

 

© 2007 Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN  

 

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