August 6, 2009
You may think this is a bold statement.
In fact you may never think of your liver at all. I mean you think about your brain because you are worried about your memory. You think about your heart because you can feel it beating and your lungs because you need them to breath. But what about your Liver.
Where is your Liver, what does it do, how does it work, and can we live with out it? These are all questions I want you to think about. Keep reading and you may be surprised. You may even want to make some changes, remember every little bit helps.
Your Liver is a 4 pound organ located on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your rib cage.
The Liver performs more than 500 functions and chemical reactions every single day, 24 hours a day, every day that you are alive.
*Production of approximately 1 quart of Bile a day. Bile is a greenish/yellow fluid. It is made in your liver, stored in your Gallbladder and works like your favorite dish washing detergent, breaking down grease or fats.
*Produces more than 13,000 vitally important hormones and chemicals which include cholesterol (remember you body actually needs cholesteral), estrogen and testosterone.
*Is a giant warehouse for essential vitamins and minerals like A, D, K, and B12.
*Filter toxins, chemicals and harmful substances our of nearly 100 gallons of blood a day. (Sorry about the fish, but I think you get the picture)
*Regulates blood sugar levels
*Removes internal and external toxins from your blood. If your liver stopped working, you would be dead in a matter of hours.
So what are some of the every day burdens that affect you liver?
*Prescription and Over the counter drugs.
"Liver damage is the most frequent safety-related cause for pulling drugs from the market"
"acetaminophen remains the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., sending 56,000 people to the emergency room annually, according to the FDA."
* Household Chemicals/Toxins. This list is enormous and includes everything that is eaten, inhaled or absorbed by the body. Remember the skin is the largest organ and what is put on it has to be detoxed out of it.
See: Household Toxin List for more ideas.
*Environmental Pollutants like; Smog, Automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke, etc.
*Water in the form of drinking, bathing, swimming, etc. Problems to the liver here come from chlorination, fluoride, and heavy metals. All which have to be neutralized by the liver.
*Chemical Food Additives.
*High Protein Intake.
So as we can see, just about everything that goes on in our lives affects our liver.
Next we need to know what kinds of problems we could experience if our liver is really over taxed. We will list a few and then see what we can do to counter act the problem.
High Blood Pressure
Decreased Immune System
Inflammatory Conditions (like Muscle Aches & Joint Pain)
Unstable Blood Sugar levels
Hot Flashes, heavy sweating & Body odor
Skin Problems (rashes, acne, itchy patches, etc)
Mood Swings or Mental Changes
(and on, and on, and on...)
By now your probably thinking; Yes, I know where my Liver is and I know it's over worked. I know there are things I could do, but is it really worth it.
My answer to that is easy. Find someone on dialysis. Ask them if they enjoy spending 3 days a week at the dialysis center. Ask them if they enjoy being sick, tired, poked and prodded with numerous hospital stays. Ask them if they enjoy missing out on family functions and vacations d/t having to be tied to a machine every couple days. Ask them if they could go back, would they change 1, 2 or 3 little things to prevent this. I put money on their answer being, YES.
Help You Liver:
1) Decrease or stop taking; Over The Counter (OTC), Prescription or Illegal Drugs.
2) Decrease or stop Alcohol consumption
3) Change your Diet;
Eat less Meat, Saturated Fats and Processed Foods .
Eat more Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains.
Switch some or all of you food products to Organic, All Natural, Range Fed, locally grown, etc.
4)Drink plenty of pure filtered Water (this helps flush out what the liver is removing)
5) Change or Reduce Household Cleaning and Personal Products.
This could be as simple as switching from Windex to Vinegar & Water for cleaning or your shampoo & conditioner to an All Natural & Organic product.
6) Change outdoor Pesticides to all natural or learn how to make your own.
7) Find an All Natural Liver Cleanse with ingredients such as;
Just remember, everything you put in, on or around your body must be counteracted by your liver.
Little steps and little changes make a difference. Your Liver will Thank You.