Love Your Liver
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body.
By Roni Deluz ND, RN, Ph.D
Why we should love our liver.
I am going to quickly take you through some basic things about your liver, and why it deserves to be loved.
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It contains about 10 percent of the body’s overall blood volume. According to the American Liver Foundation, approximately 31,000 people in the U.S. die from cirrhosis, hepatitis kills about 2,000 people annually, and approximately 3.5 to 4.6 million are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus.
What is the liver’s role in detoxification?
We live in a toxic world. Everything around us is toxic, from the food we eat to the things we drink, and even the air we breathe. Along comes the liver, the good guy that detoxifies the body system. It transforms substances like metabolic waste, ammonia, drugs, and chemicals so that they can be excreted from the body. To make it easier, the liver changes a chemical that is toxic into something that is not toxic, or into something that can be easily removed from the body. It also transforms fat-soluble toxins into a form that is water-soluble. What else, you ask? The liver makes glucose that keeps the body energized. It helps your blood clot, and it is also the nutrient processing plant of the body.
What should I avoid to keep my liver happy?
There are things that your liver does not like interacting with. When it comes to the most notorious ones, alcohol is at the top. According to a recent study, the liver must work 60% extra to consume 1 ml of alcohol. Chronic use of alcohol over a long period can cause alcoholic liver disease. Besides alcohol, other potentially harmful things for your liver include trans fats, junk food, soft drinks, and carbonated beverages. Drug abuse, especially of acetaminophen (Tylenol), is also linked to liver damage.
Repair and protect your liver.
You can repair and protect your liver in your own home. You must take the stress off the liver by putting other organs to work. For example, the lymph system carries toxins to the liver to be processed and removed from the body. It can also carry toxins to the skin to be pushed through your pores and eliminated through the skin. They lymph system does this to reduce the load on the liver and to enable more toxins to be eliminated when the liver is damaged and when the liver detox pathways are overloaded.
Skin brushing is an easy home remedy.
Your lymph system cleans itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands. You can use a simple technique to improve the surface circulation on the skin and keep the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to fight bacteria. Brushing will help your skin to look and feel healthier by removing dead skin cells, stimulating circulation and improving oxygenation. Do it while watching TV or sitting at your desk 15 minutes a day.
A few skin brushing tips:
- Buy a natural bristle brush with a long handle, so you can get to hard to reach areas.
- Do not wet your skin, since it will not have the same effect.
- Brush the soles of your feet first, then the ankles, calves, thighs, then brush across your stomach and your buttocks, then your hands up to your arms.
- Do not brush the nipples.
- Always skin brush towards the heart.
- Do circular counter-clockwise strokes.
Coffee enema? Now I’ve heard everything!
Many people smile at the idea of consuming coffee via the enema route, but it is a perfectly acceptable procedure in the arsenal of natural health treatments. An enema is a bowel treatment in which the lower few inches of the colon are infused with a liquid solution in order to cleanse, introduce products into the body via the intestinal tract, modify body temperature, and control pain. In leading cancer centers, coffee enemas may be administered several times per week in order to help with pain control.
Coffee enemas are administered as an aid to liver detoxification, cancer, parasites, brain fog or general well-being to name a few. Fresh, organic coffee beans are ground and then boiled to extract the most out of the beans. The coffee is then poured into a brand new, disposable enema bag and gently infused into the rectum where it is retained for ten to fifteen minutes to create powerful peristaltic action in the bowel. This procedure terminates in a regular bowel evacuation on the toilet flushing waste from the colon. Many people are amazed with the almost instant results following the coffee enema. Others report feeling like they can “take on the world.”
Bowel cleansings are one of the world’s oldest health restoring and maintenance procedures—just ask your grandmother or any older family member and they just might recall their own or their parents’ experiences with this form of health maintenance. Many will fondly recall “the little red enema bag” that hung on the back of grandma’s bathroom door, while some might not-so-fondly recall their own enema experiences.
Remember, consult with your doctor if you are ill.
The best spices and food for your liver.
Your liver is called “the powerhouse” for good reasons, as it performs over 500 functions. Oregano, sage, rosemary, green leafy veggies, grapefruit, berries, beetroot, and Omega 3 oils are all excellent for liver maintenance. You cannot live without a liver, so do something for your liver every day, like I do.