– Take Good Care of Yours!
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Youth
– Rediscover Yours!
The liver is the bodys largest gland. It is the only internal
organ that will regenerate itself if part of it is damaged. Up to
25 percent of the liver can be removed and within a short period
of time, it will grow back to its original shape and size.
The liver is
the bodys most important organ, functioning as a living filter
to clean the system of toxins, metabolize proteins, control hormonal
balance, and produce immune-boosting factors.
Bile is the
fluid produced by the liver. Your body produces about a quart of
bile per day. Bile is essential for digestion of fats. It aids in
the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, helps convert beta-carotene
into vitamin A, helps with calcium assimilation and promotes peristalsis
which is the action of the colon that helps prevent constipation.
not function properly when the liver is congested, if the bile ducts
are clogged, or if there is a lack of the nutrients necessary to
make bile. Without enough bile, the liver begins to store fat rather
than break it down. A sign of this is a roll of fat around the waistline.
One of the
livers most important jobs is to detoxify our bodies. Ordinary
digestion of even the best food creates byproducts that the liver
must process and help eliminate. Add to that the substances we consume
by choice that make the liver work even harder. These include alcohol,
caffeine, sugar, synthetic vitamins and prescription drugs. Then
add to that the thousands of chemicals that we are exposed to in
our everyday environment. These include pesticides, automobile exhaust,
second-hand smoke, chemical food additives, and indoor pollutants
from paints, carpet, and cleaners. It is no wonder that many of
us have livers that are overworked.
circumstances, your body will handle these toxins by converting
them into less toxic substances to be eliminated by the kidneys
and colon. This means that for the liver to function properly, you
must also have proper kidney and colon function.
When the liver
becomes overwhelmed, it can no longer function optimally. Signs
of liver imbalance include weight gain around the abdomen, cellulite,
abdominal bloating, indigestion, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
joint stiffness, arthritis, knee problems, fatigue, hormonal imbalances
including hypothyroidism, mood swings, depression, allergies and
skin rashes such as eczema and dermatitis.
supplements can help restore health to the liver. In general I recommend
a good liver cleanse. However, it is essential to have good kidney
and colon function first. Sometimes it is necessary to work in stages
by using a general cleanse first that addresses all of the bodys
channels of elimination before working specifically on the liver.
many products that are helpful for balancing the liver. These include
red beet root, dandelion, n-acetyl Cysteine, Sam-e, lecithin, alpha
lipoic acid. There are many good combinations available. Note that
for actually cleaning the liver I recommend herbs and amino acids
that tend to act more deeply than milk thistle.
March 27, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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