Do you know how
important your liver is to your health and why it needs daily detox? The liver is one of the
hardest working organs in the body. An unhealthy liver can lead to a variety of physical and mental health
How Does the Liver Support the Body?
- The liver
metabolizes food, generating fuel for the body as it turns glucose into glycogen. It also
converts vitamins and minerals into functional forms for the body, stores nutrients to utilize later,
and breaks down waste products that are eventually excreted.
- Toxins from things we
take in, like alcohol, drugs, food additives, pesticides, polluted air and water all pass through the
liver. This busy organ filters harmful substances from the blood while altering the
chemical makeup of those substances so that they are more water-soluble. Then the waste is excreted
through urine and bowel movements.
- The liver is
vital to proper circulation. It produces blood clotting elements and proteins to dissolve
clots that are no longer necessary, breaks down old red blood cells, freeing the iron they contain so
that it can be reused, and creates albumin, a blood protein that transports certain minerals throughout
the body. A sluggish liver leads to poor circulation of blood throughout the body. This is why liver
problems are linked to cold hands and feet, migraines and nearsightedness.
- The liver is also
necessary for the production of hormones, and produces carrier proteins that transport
hormones via the blood. Adding to this, the liver even produces immune cells to remove harmful bacteria
from the blood, and is involved in the daily synthesis of cholesterol.
Caring for Your
Liver - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
There are several ways to care for, detoxify, and repair your liver, but there are also dangerous "liver
flushes" that actually do more harm than good.
The Good – Healthy Ways to Support the
Most plant foods contain
phytochemicals that aid in detoxification. Aim for at least two or three servings
per day of foods rich in phytochemicals, especially
chlorophyll from dark, rich green vegetables (or Evergreen)
Proper hydration is critical. Each day, drink half your body weight in
ounces of water.
For even greater detoxification benefits from your water,
add Calli Tea and
Superior nutrition is also extremely beneficial
to the liver. Healing roots andherbs like those found in our products can help the
body regenerate liver cells very
efficiently. Also, beetroot, dandelion root, and Chinese yam stimulate
production of bile and its flow from the liver. You will
find these ingredients in MetaBalance 44
The Bad – Unhealthy
Liver Cleanses Do More Harm Than Good
One popular liver cleanse involves fasting with your only nutrition being a
mixture of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for
3 days, or up to as many as you can take. We advise against this for a few reasons.
First, flushes are only a
short term solution to a lifelong challenge. Second, a harsh cleanse can overwork other organs throughout
the body, and cause lingering side effects. Third, once the cleanse is complete, the toxins start piling up
again. You flush your toilet every day, right? You don’t want to let toxins accumulate until the next
cleanse, a few months or even years down the road. This is why we favor daily detox with products
like Calli Tea and Fortune Delight.
Also it is a good idea to
know the risks of any cleanse, especially for people with nutritional deficiencies, gallstones or chemical
sensitivities. Risks include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. Plus, it takes
longer than a few days to cleanse the liver, reestablish normal bile, and regenerate liver cells, so a 2 or
3 day cleanse is really pointless.
The Ugly – Toxins to Avoid When You Really Love Your Liver
Certain medications and drugs
damage the liver. Here are just a few of the harmful side effects:
- Liver inflammation stems
from more than 100 products that contain the painkiller and fever reducer acetaminophen
- Bile flow impairment can
be caused by birth control pills, the antibiotic erythromycin, the psychiatric drug chlorpromazine
(Thorazine) and anabolic steroids.
- Elevated liver enzyme
levels and possible liver failure may result from cholesterol-lowering statins.
- Drug-induced hepatitis
can occur from statin drugs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen
(Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
- Liver toxicity can
accumulate from the arrhythmia drug amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) or the rheumatoid arthritis and
cancer drug methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall).
- Avoid unnecessary
prescription and nonprescription drugs—and never use higher-than-recommended doses.
- Avoid stresses on the
liver from things like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, saturated fats (found in meats
and dairy foods) and trans fats (such as hydrogenated vegetable oils and shortening).
Reduce stress through
relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing. Regular exercise also alleviates stress and
helps improve circulation.
What Happens If The
Liver Is Unhealthy?
When the liver is "unhealthy," it cannot detoxify substances fast enough or thoroughly enough to eliminate
them efficiently. Consequently, remaining toxins exit the liver and move around to other parts of the body,
creating free radicals (unstable molecules that cause damage as we age). Eventually, the body
slips the toxins into fatty tissues, as well as cells of the brain and central nervous system. These toxins
are slowly released into the blood, contributing to many health problems, including arthritis, chronic
fatigue syndrome, migraines and poor memory.
Love your liver and it will provide a lifetime of support and superb
Content provided from BestHealthFoodStore.net. Lifetree Health &
Herbs is not responsible for the content on this web site and the statements here have not been evaluated
by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, sure, or prevent