May 21, 2015

Life Lessons for everyday living: Healthy Liver

Your liver is essential for detoxing your body on a daily basis.

Nearly all toxins are removed from your body in one of three ways, through our lungs, through our kidneys, and through our liver.

What would you expect to see from sluggish liver function?

  • Cholesterol levels and level of body fat.
    • Elevated (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and Reduced (HDL) “good cholesterol”
    • Weight gain
    • Heart disease
  • Digestive Problems
    • Bloating Constipation
    • Inability to digest fatty foods
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Loss of appetite
    • Heartburn
    • Abdominal pain
  • Skin-related issues
    • Itching Rashes Psoriasis Eczema
  • Abnormal blood sugar levels
    • Weakness or dizziness
  • Hormonal Imbalances
    • Heavy or clotted menstruation in women
    • Irregular periods
    • Fibroids in breast or uterus
    • Hot flashes
    • Cysts on ovaries
    • Mood swings or any menopausal problems
  • Other symptoms
    • Intolerance to alcohol (this is a big sign!)
    • Intolerance to coffee (this is a big sign, too!)
    • Swollen feet or abdomen
    • Easy bruising
    • Yellowing of the eyes
    • Dark urine and stool
    • Bad breath
    • Sensitivity to chemicals in paints, petrol, bleaches, etc.
    • Body odor
    • Low energy level
    • Fever
    • Sleep and mental disturbance
    • Mental confusion
    • Depression
    • Sensitivity to medicines

What are natural ways of promoting optimal liver function?

  • Eat a Healthy Diet
    • Leafy Greens, Broccoli
    • Antioxidant rich foods like citrus fruits, blueberries, acai
    • Healthy Fats; Avocados, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil
    • Spices like garlic and turmeric
    • Green Tea
    • If you must drink alcohol, do so in moderation
    • Try to drink at least 2000ml of water per day
  • Vitamins and Supplements
    • Glutathione
    • Vitamin C
    • Milk Thistle
    • Daly Multi Vitamin
    • Fiber Supplement
  • Fasting

Fasting is one of the quickest ways to increase the elimination of wastes and enhance the healing processes of the body.

Why is optimal liver function important?

Your liver is essential to maintaining almost every other system in your body. We should also recognize that the liver has the greatest regenerative capacity of any organ in the body. What does this mean? In most cases it is not too late to start living better for the health of your liver. When your liver is happy, your whole body will be happy.

  • The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes in the body.
  • The liver produces bile to help the body break down fats to convert them to energy.
  • The liver metabolizes carbohydrates and helps to ensure that the level of sugar in your blood stays constant.
  • The liver converts the nutrients in our diets into substances that the body can use, stores these substances, and supplies our cells with them when needed.
  • The liver takes up toxic substances and converts them into harmless substances or makes sure they are released from the body.
  • The liver produces proteins that are important in blood clotting.
  • The liver metabolizes proteins and change the amino acids in foods so that they can be converted to energy.

 

Please Remember:

The information contained in this post is for informational and educational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Please consult your doctor before using any of the suggestions in this post, as your age and other health conditions must be taken into account before making any permanent lifestyle changes.

References:

http://thyroiddietcoach.com/symptoms-of-a-sluggish-liver-and-its-impact-on-thyroid-diet/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0015941/

Murray, M.T. & J. Pizzorno (2012).Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Atria 

Image borrowed from: http://www.makethemostofyourlife.com/blog/

 

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Thanks for your visit, and here's to your health,
Disclaimer: The information on this blog is NOT intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified licensed healthcare provider. This blog and the posts contained within are not intended to diagnose or treat any health issues. If you suspect you may have a health issue, please contact your primary healthcare provider for diagnosis. Any recommendations are for educational purposes only and at the time of the original posting the recommendations are believed to be effective. However, since the correct use of any of the information provided herein is beyond the control of Michelle Bacon, RN, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effectiveness of this information can be given nor liability taken.

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