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Love Your Liver

  • March 29th, 2012

The liver is the largest organ and is the “king” of the detoxification organs. In addition to its detoxification function, the liver also helps us with the following:

  • produces bile which emulsifies fats and prepares them for digestion
  • produces cholesterol which is the basic molecule that forms our sex hormones
  • processes a variety of nutrients and turns them into their active forms that are used by the body most efficiently
  • stores a variety of vitamins and minerals
  • metabolizes amino acids (protein) and fatty acids (fat)
  • stores and releases glycogen (stored carbohydrate energy)
  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • produces blood clotting factors and other components of the blood

As you can see, it’s very important to take care of your liver so it can continue to do these powerful functions!

Unfortunately, certain lifestyle choices and conditions can cause the liver to become sluggish including:

  • regular use of alcohol or recreational drugs
  • chemical exposure
  • high use of pharmaceutical drugs
  • a junk food diet full of additives and devoid of nutrients and fiber – especially sugar and other refined carbohydrates
  • excess fat and protein intake – in particular, poor fats such as heated vegetable oils and trans-fats
  • overeating
  • toxic bowel and Candida albicans (yeast) overgrowth
  • hepatitis
  • stress
  • dehydration

Signs of a congested liver include:

  • PMS
  • acne, rashes, psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • overweight
  • elevated blood cholesterol
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • dry skin
  • itching
  • very dark urine
  • achy joints and muscles
  • headaches and sinus problems
  • nausea
  • foggy thinking

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time for a detox! I’ll be writing more about detoxification in coming posts, but in the meantime, try these five simple steps:

  • Increase fruit and veggie intake, especially dark and bitter leafy greens.
  • Reduce congesting foods such as sugars, refined carbs and dairy.
  • Drink more water!  (You should be drinking half your weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 150, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day.)
  • Drink a liver flush formula as soon as you wake up!  (See below for details.)
  • Get to bed by 11pm because that’s when the liver begins its peak hours of functioning.

Liver Flush Tonic

Enjoy this cocktail first thing in the morning and follow with 8oz of plain water. You can repeat four or more times throughout the day. Alternating the tonic with apple cider vinegar and/or chlorophyll in water work well, too.

  • 1 cup grapefruit or fresh apple juice
  • 4-6 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 TBSP EVOO
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • plain water

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