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Similar to the Asian healing traditions, in English-speaking countries we sometimes say angry, hostile people have a lot of "bile". Bile is a liver secretion. In the Asian healing traditions such a person would be prescribed liver therapy to open, cleanse, and cool the liver and bile.
In some countries, the liver is considered vital to good health, and natural liver therapy is encouraged. In fact, there are exotic lands where the liver is considered so important to health that the groom promises his liver to his bride, instead of his heart.
Sounds strange to us, but they're onto something. . .
We should worry about our livers
Your liver is a five-pound football sized organ that sits in the upper right part of your abdomen, beneath your diaphragm and above your stomach. It's an amazing, complex and intricate organ — second in complexity only to your brain.
To a very large extent, your liver determines your overall health and vitality. You shouldn't ignore it — and you should take care to improve and enhance its proper function.
Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body and is connected in some manner to every bodily function.
One of its major roles is to remove dangerous toxins from your body. Like any filter, sometimes it needs cleaning. Think about the last time you changed the air filter on your car — or your furnace. It's full of crud, grime, dust. If you've been reading this newsletter for long, you know that toxins are a major cause of cancer.
Toxins enter your body three ways: through digestion, breathing, and your skin. If your liver fails to work properly, those dangerous toxins take up residence, circulate throughout your system, and poison you to the point of death.
Here's how your liver filters out the toxins...
One of your liver's hundreds of jobs is to filter toxins from your body, and release them via your bowels or kidneys. If your liver becomes overloaded, it cannot keep your body toxin-free… So you end up absorbing, reabsorbing, and having these toxic chemicals circulate around in your blood or lodge permanently in tissues.
The effects of this can be so slow and cumulative that you don't realize your liver isn't working right.
The most remarkable thing about this is that you start suffering from 'diseases' that really aren't diseases at all — but are auto-intoxication or self-poisoning from a toxic and congested liver.
Adding drugs to the mix (in the name of 'curing your diseases') only makes the situation worse by adding more toxins for your liver to deal with. If the drugs can't be released from your body, they too circulate in your bloodstream and settle into vital organs.
Can you tell how well your liver is functioning?
Unfortunately, liver dysfunction or injury doesn't always show up on the liver function tests most doctors use. This is especially true as it relates to use of oral contraceptives or exposure to various drugs and chemicals.1, 2
Lacking a good test, a patient's medical history often becomes the most important diagnostic tool for "sluggish liver".
Symptoms of so-called "sluggish liver" may include the following.3, 4:
If several of these represent you, it's time to take stock of your liver health, and consider a rehabilitation plan.
What causes liver disease
As I said, a health condition you call a 'disease' is likely not a disease — but a toxic build-up that your body is struggling to cope with.
So the following two-fold strategy might be useful...
Read on for some important strategies you can try for both...
Shut the door on bad stuff entering your body
You have to take responsibility for this yourself. It's too important an issue to entrust to others, with very few exceptions.
Since the three routes for toxins to enter your body are via your mouth, inhaling, and your skin, we'll touch on controlling these entry points. None of us can do ALL the things on the following list, but all of us can do some of them.
Your mouth as a toxic entry point:
Inhalation as the entry point for toxins:
Your skin as a toxic entry point:
Your skin is your largest organ and is an extremely thin barrier to environmental toxins applied to or coming into contact with it. Most people don't know it, but all kinds of things can be absorbed through the skin. ANYTHING that's in your sunscreen or moisturizer may well pass through your skin and circulate in your whole body.
Help your liver work more efficiently
Besides avoiding dangerous toxins from entering, be proactive in making your liver happy — instead of angry.
Although your best strategy is to eat a sound diet of high quality real foods and avoid toxins, certain supplements and herbs are known to support liver function.
Foods that are known to help include:
Nutritional supplements that support liver function:
I would only add with regard to SAM and carnitine that they can have a caffeine-like stimulative effect on certain sensitive people. I don't think it's essential to take these supplements. If you do and you find your sleep patterns are disturbed (you have insomnia) it's probably a tip that you should stop taking them.
Herbs that improve liver function include:
In general, the extracts mentioned above are available in food supplements, if you don't want to eat the whole foods. Sometimes it's impractical to eat the amount of turmeric (for example) that you'd need to have a medicinal effect, so a curcumin supplement is a good choice.
Treat your "silent partner" with tender loving care
Your liver won't be able to take care of you if you don't take care of it. It's a silent partner. It won't complain loudly until damage is just about beyond repair.
It's your body's engine, pantry, refinery, food processor, garbage disposal, and "guardian angel."
It's capable of regeneration if you help it along, and don't put a heavy toxic burden on it. However, once your body becomes toxic, you won't be alive for long.
So treat your liver like a V.I.P. (Very Important Partner) and live long — healthy and energetic and fulfilling all your dreams.
1 Petersdorf, R., Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw Hill, New York, NY 1983.
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