We are all exposed to toxic chemicals every single day whether it is the air we breathe, the food we eat or the cleaning substances we use for our kitchens, bathrooms and lawns or heavy metals in our medications and immunizations. It is all ladened with potent, toxic chemicals. Liver toxicity used to be expected in alcoholics or drug addicts but not in the average person. That has changed. In fact, not only are middle aged adults being found to have liver toxicity, but our young children as well! Why? Because of greed, the earth has become toxic and when the earth becomes toxic so do we. We are one with all there is, including toxicity.
Generally, the liver’s job is the processing of bile from blood, (approximately one pint daily in a normally functioning liver). Bile, next to blood, is the most important fluid in the body. Other functions of the liver are the processing of glucose, hemoglobin, transformation of protein and fat, vitamin and enzyme production, regulating levels of iron and body temperature, cholesterol levels and lipid metabolism, detoxification and the production of substances to prevent infection.
There are many signs or symptoms that indicate the liver or gallbladder are not functioning properly. Insomnia and waking between 1 and 3 a.m., or sleeping all night and waking up feeling that you haven’t slept at all along with weakness, sluggishness and fatigue. Gallbladder disorders which you might find linked to a pain just below the lower right rib; rosacea; headaches, especially those with nausea, high blood pressure, abdominal fat or belly roll; bad breath; dupytren’s contracture in the hands, hot and burning feet, general feeling of not feeling well, sight disorders due to insulin problems and skin problems to name a few. For example when there is no bile in the stomach there can be nervousness and migraine headaches because digestion is seriously impaired. The ducts of the liver and gall bladder become obstructed with thickened bile and stones due to the excess cholesterol and bile caused by the over-consumption of foods and fats.
Emotional upsets such as sudden anger and depression can contribute to insufficient bile. Inadequate bile can also cause gas in the stomach producing pain around the heart and sternum area and water may develop around the heart and in the lungs. Visual problems may develop, neck and shoulder pain, low back pain or pain in the joints especially the knees, weakness and pain in upper front leg muscles and calves, pain in the arms and top of the right hand. There is likely to be dry or oily skin, itchy ears, muscle pain after working, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, frequent urination, pain between the shoulder blades, colitis, ulcers, hiatus hernia and digestive problems, (especially after eating), too much sleep, nausea and vomiting. In other words a significant number of symptoms could be liver related.
I personally like to use beets to improve liver function because it has an exceptional ability to thin the bile allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and into the small intestine, where it breaks down the fat and helps move food through the digestive system. Another benefit of enhanced bile flow is the reduced likelihood of forming gallstones, a leading cause for surgical removal of the gallbladder. You need your gallbladder. The purpose of the gallbladder is to collect and store bile from the activities of the liver then release it at the appropriate time into the small intestine. You can support your gallbladder with taurine as it is important in conjugating bile acids to form water-soluble bile salts. Taurine conjugation of bile acids has a significant effect on the solubility of cholesterol, increasing its excretion and has been shown to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
The liver makes bile, and the gall bladder stores and concentrates bile during the fasting state. Bile is a major route for eliminating cholesterol. Free cholesterol is virtually insoluble in water solutions, but in bile, it is made soluble by bile acids and lipids like lecithin. When the liver is overloaded toxins remain and eventually the kidneys are left to deal with this overload of toxins. With both organs unable to operate correctly, the liver becomes enlarged. It is at this point that it ceases to function properly and toxic waste finds itself into the bloodstream. Thus if the liver is unable to make adequate bile, your cholesterol is going to get out of control. High levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides cause your blood to become very sticky and thick which can cause gallbladder stones, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. The liver controls these levels of blood fats which cause your heart to work harder to pump blood through your arteries. The liver also breaks down an adrenal hormone called aldosterone which regulates the balance of sodium and potassium your body which can all contribute to high blood pressure. So if your doctor has recommended water pills such as hydrachlorathiazide, one place you might look to is your liver.
Milk Thistle Silybum Marianum, is another a well-known herbal liver protector against such major insults as mushroom poisoning, radiation, and Tylenol overdose. Milk thistle helps the liver in three distinct ways. First, the active ingredient, silymarin, can incorporate itself into the liver cells and prevent the uptake of toxins into the cells by providing specific nutrients. Second, milk thistle is a potent antioxidant and prevents oxidative damage in the liver tissue. Third, milk thistle actually helps repair damaged liver cells.
Clean your liver if you suffer gallstones, you may be able to avoid having it removed. One half cup of beet juice can also lower blood pressure by about 20 points sometimes in as little as four hours and the results can last as long as 24 hours. Beets will cause your bowel movements to have a red color so don’t panic.
You might think many disorders can cause these same type symptoms and that is true. That being said, if you have had a history of taking medications, smoking, sodas, alcohol, or an unhealthy diet in general, it is an excellent idea to clean your liver because the liver is the catch-all for all toxins in your body. A clean, healthy liver means a functioning liver and heightened immune system. The good news is the liver responds well to treatment and can actually regenerate itself if treated in time.
1. Health Begins in the Colon by Dr. Edward Group, III
2. Fatty Liver–You Can Reverse It by Dr. Sandra Cabot
–Eva Herr, for Kinetics Magazine
Eva Herr is a medical intuitive and author of “Agape, The Intent of The Soul”, published in 2005. Eva became a popular talk show hostess on BBS Radio’s Infinite Consciousness, which gave her the opportunity to engage the minds of today’s top thinkers in the fields of alternative medicine, science and consciousness and our human experience. A list of her past interviews reads like a ‘who’s who’ list of luminaries such as Dannion Brinkley, William Tiller, Norm Shealy, Amit Goswami, Burton Goldberg, Ervin Laszlo, among others on topics of consciousness, the cutting edge science supporting consciousness, alternative energy and alternative medicine.
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