Some of the most common health problems people complain about these days are:
Low energy levels
Aches and pains
High/low blood sugar
Other common complaints are:
Slow wound healing
Frequent bouts of illness
All these varied problems could have one common cause: A toxic liver!
The sad truth is: If you have any of these symptoms, the very medicines and/or herbal supplements you may be taking to feel better, could actually be making these problems worse!
Read on, and the reason will become apparent.
Your liver performs more than 500 critical biological functions, makes more than 13,000 beneficial chemicals and hormones and manages more than 50,000 enzymes and compounds that you need to stay healthy.
Here are some of the myriad functions the liver performs...
Purifies your blood of dangerous toxins: Breaks down harmful or toxic substances from food, air, water—or anything else you come in contact with. Without your liver, these toxins would keep moving around in your bloodstream and make you sick in a matter of hours.
Digests fats by making bile: This yellowish fluid “emulsifies” or breaks down fats. It works just like dish washing liquid breaks down the grease from your dinner dishes. Bile is what enables you to enjoy a heavy meal without suffering digestive woes later.
Regulates cholesterol levels: Rids your body of excess cholesterol naturally so your levels of bad “LDL” cholesterol and triglycerides don’t shoot through the roof. Your arteries remain clear and clog free.
Regulates blood sugar levels: Stores the right amount of sugar so you don’t suffer from blood sugar that’s too high or too low—and experience a mid-morning energy “crash.”
Energizes the body by releasing sugar and fat molecules—your two main sources of fuel. Your liver is how you can make it through your busy day and still have energy left to enjoy your night.
Promotes healthy hormone balance by putting triglycerides to work. Fatty triglycerides are what your body uses to make testosterone and estrogen in proper amounts. Your liver is at the source of fueling your libido so you feel vigorous, happy and healthy.
Boosts immune system: Stores lymphocytes and natural “killer” cells (NK cells), to protect you against dangerous invaders.
Heals wounds: Makes “clotting factors” to stop excessive bleeding so your body can start repairing itself right away no matter what the injury is.
Nourishes the body: Your liver, (not your stomach), feeds your body. It collects nutrients from your food, drink and supplements. Then, it processes them and distributes them to your organs and cells so you stay wonderfully healthy from head to toe.
As you can see, the liver is critical to overall health.
So, what can we do protect ourselves from today’s most common health complaints?
Firstly, if you’ve taken your liver for granted this long, STOP!
Good health is IMPOSSIBLE without a healthy liver.
Steps to take to maintain a healthy liver:
Clean out your liver by doing a liver flush. There are various methods available. Consult a good naturopath.
Eat fresh, whole foods in their natural state and avoid processed foods.
Eat good fats such as omega 3 flaxseed oil, reduce your intake of omega 6 fatty acids (such as the ones found in vegetable oils). Avoid transfats such as vanaspathi, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats. Avoid the oils you get at the supermarket. These are called RBD oils (Refined, Bleached and Deodorized). Regardless of what the ads tell you, these fats are unhealthy. Always go for unrefined oils in their natural state.
Hydrate yourself. When it comes to drinking water, frequency is more important than quantity. Try to drink at least 1 glass of water very hour. Avoid extreme regimens such as drinking 4 liters of water early in the morning at one time.
Exercise regularly. Movement helps to circulate adequate blood to the liver and to other organs.
Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum (if at all).
Get adequate sleep.
The herb ‘Milk Thistle’ is wonderfully effective in healing a damaged or ailing liver.
Last, but not least, maintain an even temper. Anger is very damaging to the liver...and to the being at large.
A Shakespearean pun ties it all up rather neatly: “What’s life without the liver?”