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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Treatment for a Stagnate Liver

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This is a continuation of the article A Pint of Prevention - A Pound of Cure; and will be part of a series about liver protection.  It is also linked to Weekend Reflection. Hope to see you there. :-)

Our liver has a huge job in keeping us healthy. It sits underneath the rib cage in two sections called the right and left lobe. Directly under it you will find the gallbladder along with the pancreas and intestines. They all work together to digest and process food. 

Blood is filtered  through the liver before passing through the rest of the body. It detoxifies chemicals and helps the body to properly use medical prescriptions. Bile is secreted into the intestines from the liver. The liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs while making proteins which are important for body functions. As it metabolizes drugs, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. 

The liver also breaks down hormones like adrenalin, aldosterone, estrogen and insulin after they have performed their functions. It helps to regulate the thyroid. Excess fat is stored in the liver and then transported to other parts of the body. It also converts sugars to energy, so you can understand why an overburdened liver can decrease overall body functions. 

An unhealthy overburdened liver leaves one feeling tired and run down and more susceptible to illnesses. The body cannot survive if the liver fails to function


Assailants of our immune system can be toxins we may come in contact with daily:

  • Chemical fumes and formaldehyde in our new car coming from the new upholstery.
  • Fire retardants in our new mattress.
  • The chemicals found in our freshly dry cleaned garments.
  • Pesticides sprayed on our lawns, and that of the neighbors.
  • Metals and plastics in dental materials.
  • Petrochemicals found perfumes, dyes, plastics and synthetic rubbers.
  • Chlorine found in the swimming pool.
  • Molds and fungi found in air conditioning systems and heating systems in home.
This list may not include all of the problematic toxins but it does include many of them.

The four basic reasons for improper liver function are:

  • Toxins, such as those listed above.
  • A poor diet containing processed foods, white sugar, imitation foods, foods loaded with carbs and fats, junk foods, refined flours
  • Overeating which leads to an overworked liver.
  • Drugs, alcohol and caffeine, especially when in excess.

Feed your body right and aid  your liver health.

Our liver will function better with proper nutrition such as foods rich in bioflavonoids and flavonoids, which is why red wine (in moderation) is beneficial to liver health. Flavonoids act as antioxidants preventing damage to the body from free radicals.

Don't forget to eat your rainbow. 

Colorful fruits and vegetables contain more flavonoids, bio-flavonoids and quercitin so are highly recommended to improve our overall health and will benefit heart and liver health in particular. Be sure to get your recommended daily dose of vitamin C and enjoy some of the following foods daily:
  • Tea (both green and black)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Garlic
  • Walnuts
  • Artichokes
  • Cherries
  • Coffee
Liver conditions to watch for:
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Ascites
  • Hemochromatosis 
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver failure
  • Gallstones
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
Get lots of water daily. 

Get plenty of fluids always taking supplements with a full glass of steam distilled water. Keeping our kidneys flushed and working properly has a direct impact on our liver health. Avoid foods that constipate. Perform a 3 day juice fast once every 30 days. Enjoy a glass of water each morning with lemon juice. 

Increase your potassium by adding bananas, almonds, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast, dulse, kelp, prunes, raisins, rice, wheat bran and seeds. Do not take more than 10,000 i.u.s of vitamin A daily, avoid cod liver oil and do not take more than 1,500 mgs. of niacin a day. The correct balance is important to the proper function of your internal organs. 

For more information about these conditions and the testing to diagnose them consult WebMD and/or your family physician. If you have any concerns about your liver please see your health care provider.

Food Remedies by Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention
Gastro-Intestinal Health by Steven R. Peikin, M.D.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing Second Edition by James E. Balch, MD and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC


betchai December 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

nice to know that most of the recommended food for healthy liver are foods I normally eat :) yes, even coffee ( a cup a day) though i am guilty of not fond of dark chocolate :( since I want milk chocolate :) not very healthy, eh?

Chris December 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

Hi Judy, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

'Tsuki December 2, 2012 at 2:57 AM  

The reflection is amazing, but the reading on the liver is very instructive, and very helpful.

I'm an alcoholic (no drinks for three year and an half, I'm quite proud of it), and my liver is now bigger than it should. I often have pains and nausea.

I treat it with silybum marianum (in pills) and artichoke (in herbal tea). I have a very strict diet (no fat, no sugar, and I'm vegan now ; I miss meat so much) ; I treat nauseas with natural bubble water from my country (Auvergne).

It is a long process, but my liver don't degenerate anymore (my doctor feared a cirrhosis, at the time).

The information you gave here is very important : most of people eating junk food and drinking have no idea how their liver is important until they can't relay on it anymore.


Icy BC December 2, 2012 at 4:56 AM  

It is amazing to know the important functions of the liver. Your list of food and drink is a wonderful guide, although dark chocolate is not my favorite :-)

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