Even though the liver is often impaired, you won’t feel pain because this hard working organ doesn’t ache. Chinese medicine says the liver “cries” when in trouble. An outward sign is one or several deep lines or a swollen puffiness between the eyes. A person with a weak, congested liver barely tolerates the cold in winter and may suffer from chills. If you have an overactive liver, you often feel feverish and find summer months uncomfortable.
If you have been cleansing your colon, but still don’t have well formed and complete evacuation of your stools, it’s time to focus on the liver. A weak liver pulls energy away from the gallbladder, pancreas and stomach – key organs for digestion. The intestines are completely dependent upon the liver and the bile it produces. Other signs of a weak, congested liver may include:
– Dark, insufficient urine
– Small red flecks the size of a pinhead that come and go in different places in the body
– Skin problems like eczema, acne, hives, itching, rashes and “dirty skin” with dark pigmentation, spots on face, hands forehead or around nose
– Jaundice (yellow skin or whites of eyes)
– Eye problems
– Mineral deficiencies
– Hormone imbalances in men and women
– Loss of weight, malnourishment
– Obesity and malnourishment
– Problems with sinuses, adenoids, and tonsils
– Alternating constipation and diarrhea
– Headaches, dizziness, shivering
– Loss of appetite
– Eating disorders
How the Liver Gets Damaged
It stores the remains of drugs, vaccines, medicines, chemicals, hormones, preservatives from foods and everything we have taken throughout our entire life! Hormones in birth control pills will leave a dark patch on the liver that will show up in x-rays. Fats from dairy foods like milk, cheese and ice cream all must be processed by the liver. Flour and poor quality vitamin and mineral substances all weaken the liver. So does improper food combining. Lack of sleep and fatigue weakens the liver. This makes it more and more difficult to sleep.
You know you have a congested liver if you are tired and sleepy after eating, but seem to have plenty of energy somewhere between 1am-3am. You may also tend to worry and have negative thoughts. Digestive problems may bother you at night, or you may urinate often during the night.
How to Heal the Liver:
STOP OVERWORKING IT BY CHANGING THE WAY YOU EAT! Continue colon cleansing, which takes a burden off the liver. Cleanse with herbs and probiotics. Stimulate the liver, as with acupuncture. EXERCISE is a must!! Don’t overeat and lie down on a full stomach, big mistake. Do something until the food is burned off. Anger is also stored in the liver. Do not hold in your anger. Find a way to release it.
Eating right for a Healthy Liver:
Rest your digestive tract by eating lightly. Eat small, vegetarian, alkalizing meals which will keep the burden off of heavy digestion. If you lose your appetite, drink plenty of lemon water and sip vegetable broths made with Kombu or Wakame base. This is an excellent time to juice sodium rich green vegetables like celery.
Cut back on fats from animal foods during this time, or eliminate completely. Stay away from oils, ghee and butter which slow down liver function. Eat lightly steamed and pureed foods. Eat chlorophyll rich foods like leafy greens and as much raw food as you can tolerate. Your last meal should be light, so you have an empty stomach when going to sleep. Soup, vegetable broths or tea also work well.
Grated daikon radishes are beneficial because they take oil and fats from the body. Leeks aid the bile in keeping the intestines clean. Asparagus and celery are excellent liver cleansers. Carrots build the blood and encourage bile secretion. Lemon juice in water and/or apple cider vinegar is excellent as well. Rosemary and thyme are great herbs for liver congestion, and you can make them into teas. Liquid chlorophyll will aid liver cleansing.
Make sure the colon is working and healthy before taking too many liver stimulating herbs. This would include herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke and barberry. AVOID CONSTIPATION! This is critical. If necessary, have colonics or home enemas. The liver will literally dump its toxins into the colon. Cultured foods and probiotics are critical for a healthy liver. Young coconut kefir has been found to be especially beneficial.
*Three Natural Foods that Provide a Powerful Boost to Your Liver’s Health
Ah, your liver. Gotta love it. The largest internal organ, the largest gland in your body, does so many nice things for you.
This deep red organ weighs about three to four pounds and is approximately 3.5% fat. Strong and mighty, only 1/6th of your liver needs to be present for your body to still continue to function1. And, believe it or not, if as much as 80% of your liver was cut away, it would miraculously grow back to a full size in about three months. Talk about weird science!
Eating natural foods can restore health and vitality to a sluggish liver. Can you guess which ones might be particularly helpful?
With a list of jobs longer than all of our resumes put together, the liver stays busy performing over 500 functions. It’s closely connected to the intestine and the gallbladder, working to keep your digestion in tiptop shape.
Among its many responsibilities, the busy liver spends its day:
- Filtering blood for use by the rest of the body
- Purifying and clearing harmful waste products and toxins (such as drugs or chemicals in processed foods)
- Regulating and secreting substances important in maintaining your body’s function and health
- Producing cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
- Storing glycogen glucose, vitamins and minerals
- Metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Producing enzymes and amino acids
- Creating bile (about 1 quart a day) so that fats can be broken down, preparing them for further digestion and absorption2
- Metabolizing hormones and foreign chemicals
- Assimilating and storing fat-soluble vitamins
- Synthesizing blood proteins
- Processing hemoglobin for use of its iron content
- Regulating blood clotting
- Converting poisonous ammonia to urea (one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted by the urine)3
Basically, your liver acts as a giant filter, screening all of the drugs, medicines, chemicals, hormones and preservatives in foods we’ve taken in through our lifetimes.
Can you see why it’s so important to take good care of your liver?
It’s a hardworking internal organ that needs nurturing and care so it can keep on nurturing and caring for you.
Stress, a diet in need of change, alcohol and even overeating can all tax your liver. Unseen environmental toxins can also wreak havoc.
But when in trouble, the liver won’t “ache”; instead, it will “cry out for help” in other obvious ways.
When our livers are not meticulously cared for, the results can be sticky. The ducts of the liver and gall bladder become obstructed and congested with thickened bile and stones caused by the over-consumption of foods and fats. This condition is directly related to the cause of disease today!
If the liver is overloaded, toxins build up and eventually the kidneys are left to deal with the problem. With both organs struggling to operate, the liver becomes enlarged. It will eventually cease to function appropriately and your bloodstream will then become a toxic waste dump.
This is no way to treat your liver. It deserves so much more!
A tired, overworked and congested liver can result in:
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Mineral Deficiency
- Water Retention
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Sinus Problems
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Inability to Tolerate Cold or Heat
- Sluggish Metabolism
- Low Energy
- Anger and Depression
- Eczema, Acne, Hives, Rashes and Itchy Skin
- Muscle Pain
The list goes on and on. If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms, it’s time to take control of your health by cleansing your liver.
OK, here comes the easy part – three foods that you’ve probably been enjoying for years can help decongest your liver and maintain its overall well-being.
- Wasabi, the hot green paste served with sushi
- Artichokes, a delicious addition to a great salads
- Sarsaparilla, the sweet and spicy cousin to root beer usually known for its appearances in old-time westerns.
Here’s just what these three natural foods are and how they can work for you and your liver:
Wasabi Powder (Wasabia Japonica Rhizome):
First documented in the 10th century, Wasabi is believed to act as an antidote to food poisoning (4), which comes in handy when served with raw fish. With strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Wasabi helps mitigate microbial elements or pathogens, which might be present in the liver.5
Beaming with beta-carotenes and glucosinolates, Wasabi can also knock out some forms of E-Coli and Staphylococcus. It’s effective against diarrhea and inflammation, and can act as a powerful antiparasitic and anticoagulant. And as any faithful sushi eater will tell you, Wasabi can clear out your sinuses as your liver begins to decongest, right there at the dinner table.
Artichoke Extract (Cynara Floridanum):
Artichoke has been used traditionally as a medicinal herb for its digestive properties, relieving constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Extremely effective for detoxifying the liver, normalizing liver metabolism and preventing further damage, artichoke extract increases bile flow which helps to digest food smoothly and effortlessly.
It can stimulate a healthy appetite and relieve abdominal pain, heartburn and that awful feeling of fullness you can sometimes get regardless of how much (or little) you eat. Artichoke extract also has kidney relieving diuretic properties, and as a bonus, lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, increases HDL (the good kind) and reduces triglycerides.6
Sarsaparilla Extract (Similax Officinalis):
Sarsaparilla has long been used as a blood purifier and tonic that boosts stamina and energy.7 Neutralizing toxins in the blood, Sarsaparilla helps carry out these poisons through bodily secretions. A known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it’s been used to treat everything from sexually transmitted diseases to arthritis.
It is a cleansing herb, which can bring relief to the itchiness and other skin conditions caused by a congested liver. And loved by those who, well, love to love, Sarsaparilla is still frequently consumed for its reputed tonic and aphrodisiac properties.8
In addition to LivAmend, you can improve the health of your liver by eating lots of green foods as well as chlorophyll and fermented algae. Also, boost liver-loving minerals by adding ocean vegetables.
There are other ways to care for the liver such as eating probiotic-rich foods, regular exercise (walking, yoga or rebounding), and not overeating. Even resting more and napping can help to heal the liver.