Your Liver is one of the major detoxification organs in your body and is the second largest organ in the body, second only to the skin. The liver supports every organ in the body, and is responsible for over 100 functions, including detoxification, as it filters the blood and removes harmful bacteria and chemicals and eliminates excess hormones. When the Liver detoxification pathways get overloaded and waste products build up in the system, the primary symptoms to show up first are congested sinuses and/or bowel problems. The Liver is responsible for protein synthesis, biochemical production of bile for digestion, (an alkaline compound,) which aids in the function of digestion within the small intestine. The liver is a master chemist and metabolizes proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It stores glucose in the form of glycogen, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Iron and Copper. The bile produced by the liver is collected in the bile ducts and stored in the cystic duct in the gallbladder. Because of these important functions it is important to keep the liver as clean as possible with optimum function.
Synthetic chemicals, viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites are the biggest problem for the liver as when they are too pervasive the liver detoxification pathways become compromised. An overloaded liver means that it cannot properly clean the blood, and the blood becomes sticky and congealed. This is often called heart disease, but in actuality it is a toxic liver problem. The good news is the liver responds very well to specific foods and juices.
The Liver loves:
- Bitter Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Nettle Leafs
- Beet Greens
- Winter Squash
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Olive Oil
- Brown Rice
- Bulgur whole grain
Simple Liver Cleansing Food Diet.
First thing in the AM have 1 Table sp., of Olive Oil, and Fresh Lemon Juice with a dash of Cayenne
pepper. Wait at least 30 to 40 minutes before you eat breakfast. At every meal eat some of the above foods that will either cleanse or support the liver, examples;
A vegetable omelet with a side of berries
Fish, with salad and lots of mixed greens and chopped vegetables.
Protein with Spinach, or Beets, Cabbage, Onions and Carrots etc. Also include a mixed green salad.
Sprinkle sage and cardamom on salads and Yams. Drink teas such as Burdock tea, Dandelion tea, Raspberry tea, S Pau D’Arco tea as these are highly beneficial. Dilute all fruit juices – 50/50 juice and water, vegetable juice can be taken straight without dilution Seaweed in vegetable soup is excellent as well as onions and garlic. Olives are excellent snacks. Taking care of your liver now as this will be most beneficial in your quality of life.
Let your foods be your medicine and your medicine be your food. (Quote Ben Franklin).