Most people have no idea what the liver does, much less its location within the body. But what they need to know is the liver is one of the most important organs in the body, and its health dictates many aspects of an individual’s appearance, and overall health. Detoxing my liver is something I do monthly and it’s absolutely necessary for everyone to do. When I first detoxed my liver my overall health and vitality had an incredible transformation. My eyesight improved, weight fell off my waist, edema disappeared, my digestion improved greatly, and gallstones dissolved. Plus I developed a general sense of physical and mental wellbeing.
Many people do not know that our liver activates Vitamin D so that it can be again through a second process be activated again by our kidneys so it can be used by our bodies. A toxic liver, fatty, inflamed liver, or a liver with cirrhosis will not necessarily activate, or at least not optimally activate vitamin D.
But detoxing our liver is not a one-time deal, it is something we need to periodically do to maintain optimal health and vitality.
According to Western Medicine, what are the function of the Liver?
The liver is the largest and is one of the hardest working internal organs in our body. It’s essential to our daily physiological functions meaning we can’t live without it, unlike how we can function with one kidney or exist without our gallbladder. A normal healthy adult liver weighs around 3.5 pounds and is about the size of a football. It is located in the right side of your abdomen, just below your ribs. Our liver performs more than 500 distinct functions, but possibly the most important function is how it helps cleanse our body of toxins and unnecessary byproducts of everything we eat, drink, smell, or touch. At any given time our liver contains about 10 percent of your body’s total blood volume, and it filters 1.4 liters of blood per minute.
One of the liver’s most important functions is to break down food and convert it into energy. Carbohydrates, such as bread and potatoes, are broken down into glucose and stored mainly in the liver and muscles as glycogen. When energy is required in an emergency situation the liver rapidly converts its store of glycogen back into glucose for immediate use.
Our liver also helps the body to get rid of waste. Waste products that are not excreted by our kidneys are removed from the blood by the liver. Some of them pass into the duodenum and then into the bowel via the bile ducts.
People with liver damage may sometimes lose the ability to control glucose concentration in the blood and need a regular supply of sugar.
Our liver plays a vital role in fighting infections, particularly infections arising in the bowel. It does this by mobilizing part of our body’s defense mechanism called the macrophage system. The liver contains over half of the body’s supply of macrophages, known as Kupffer cells, which literally destroy any bacteria that they come into contact with. If the liver is damaged in any way its ability to fight infections is impaired.
Other liver functions include:
- controlling levels of fats, amino acids, and glucose in the blood
- neutralizing drugs and toxins
- manufacturing bile
- storing iron, vitamins, and other essential chemicals
- manufacturing, and regulating numerous hormones including sex hormones
- making enzymes and proteins which are responsible for most chemical reactions in the body, for example, those involved in blood clotting and repair of damaged tissues.
- deactivation of poisons and toxins
- Breaking down fats
- cholesterol synthesis
- amino acid synthesis
- And much more
What are the Symptoms of an impaired Liver?
Symptoms of liver damage leading to liver disease can be difficult to spot as they are not always obvious, but here are some of the more obvious symptoms.
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Swelling of the legs or ankles(edema)
- Itchy skin
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale, bloody, or tar-colored stool
- Chronic fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
- Decrease or loss of appetite
- Bruising easily
According to Eastern medicine, what is the function of the Liver?
The primary function of the liver is to regulate the movement of ‘qi’ within the body. This regulatory function is essential for the physiological actions of all organ systems, ensuring the proper functioning of the body. ‘Qi’ is a unique concept of a circulating life force that sustains all living beings. This is likened to a flow of energy within all animate and inanimate bodies that maintains life. The regulatory role of the liver is demonstrated mainly in four areas.
- The eyes are directly connected to the Liver. If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your Liver is not functioning smoothly.
- The tendons are the tissue associated with the Liver. TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) says that strength comes from the tendons, not muscles. Be like the cat that is strong, agile, and flexible, not the cow, which has huge muscles but little real strength.
- The taste that corresponds to and supports the Liver is sour. If you crave sour foods, that may be your Liver communicating that it needs to be detoxed, so be sure to include high-quality vinegar and sweet and sour recipes in your diet.
- Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable, get angry easily, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you are experiencing a Liver function problem. Experiencing these emotions chronically or excessively can seriously unbalance the function of your Liver.
How do I Detox the Liver?
There are three simple ways to detox the liver, Lemon water, Milk Thistle, or Dandelion root.
Lemon water is probably the most affordable and easily accessible way to do a liver detox. All you have to do is first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything is drink a cup of warm lemon water. What I do is I heat up some water, but I don’t allow it to boil, then I throw a slice of organic lemon in it, stir and drink it. You can also squeeze the juice of the lemon in too, but just a little.
Using an organic lemon isn’t totally necessary, but if you put a slice of lemon in the water, you’ll be exposed to harmful pesticides, as well as not getting the full potency of the lemons’ phytochemicals, such as d-limonene. The lemon stops producing d-limonene when pesticides are used. D-limonene is the main phytochemical within the lemon that has powerful health-giving benefits, such as being anticarcinogenic, weight loss, dissolving gallstones, and reliving heartburn, etc.
Do not add sugar to the water!
Drinking this water will not only detox the liver over time, heal and regenerate the liver, but it will also alkalize the body. I knew someone who was diagnosed with liver failure, and she began drinking lemon water in the morning, and her liver regenerated back to perfect health.
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Milk Thistle is one of my favorite herbal supplements, especially the Jarrow brand. Milk Thistle has worked miracles in my life as well as many of my friends and my Youtube followers. I always recommend taking double the dosage of what on Jarrows Milk Thistle directions, taken twice or three times a day to detox the liver. An extract of Milk Thistle, such as Jarrows, will work very quickly to heal and detox the liver. I’ve seen it heal non-viral hepatitis, as well as viral hepatitis used along with Oil or Oregano or Powdered Black Seeds. When I had a really toxic liver, Jarrows Milk Thistle took away my edema within 3 days.
Dandelion root will do basically the same job as Milk Thistle, albeit not as fast in my view. But what makes Dandelion root so powerful is that it will stop hepatitis viral replication within the liver. Dandelion root will also heal Hyperthyroid as well as shrink Uterine Fibroids.
I typically use the Natures Way brand of Dandelion root.
When I do my monthly liver detox sometimes I drink warm lemon water in the morning, but I usually take Milk Thistle Jarrow. I do this for about a week every month. Again, the reason why it’s so important to liver detox every month is that our liver is constantly bombarded by secondhand smoke, pesticides, drug residues, pharmaceutical drugs, herbicides, and auto emissions. Everything we breathe, eat, touch, and smell is filtered out of our blood by our livers. So it’s important, it’s very important that we keep our livers healthy and functioning with regular detoxing, especially if we live in highly urban settings.
British Liver Trust: About the Liver
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