World liver day is observed on every 19 April, to spread awareness about liver related disease. The liver is the second largest and the most complex organ in the body, with the exception of the brain. Taking care of it is of utmost necessity because you cannot survive on a bad liver. It is an organ which can be easily damaged if you don’t take good care of it.
When working well, your liver receives and filters 3 pints of blood a minute! A healthy liver removes these things from your bloodstream:
- Dead and unhealthy cells
- Micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and parasites
- Toxic environmental chemicals
- Cancer cells
- Globules of fat known as chylomicrons
Filtered blood from your liver flows to the right side of your heart, which is then pumped all into your body. Poorly filtered blood full of unhealthy fats and toxins can damage your heart and your immune system and cause you to age more rapidly.
When your liver malfunctions
, the consequences can range from mild symptoms of sluggish liver to life threatening conditions.
Symptoms of sluggish liver function
- Hormonal disturbances, menstrual problems, testicular problems , breast swelling
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Digestive problems such as burping, gas, bloating, pain.
- Skin problems such as itchiness, rashes, eczema, psoriasis
- Chemical sensitivities (such as reactions to soaps, detergents, cosmetics etc.)
- Sleep difficulties
- Eye problems (sore, gritty eyes, vision difficulties, eye twitches)
- Problems with tendons and muscles (delayed healing, frequent injury)
- Headaches - especially pain at the top of your head and headaches that throb. Gall bladder related headaches are usually over your right eye, at your temples or on one side of your head
- Irritability, anger, aggression, depression
When healthy, your liver produces 1 to 1.5 quarts of bile every day. The bile travels through ducts in your liver and collects in a muscular sac - your gall bladder - ready to be squirted into your small intestine after you have eaten fat or protein containing food. When stones, fats and cholesterol clog your liver or gall bladder you can produce less than a cup of bile daily. If the gall bladder becomes full of stones/gravel, you start to develop symptoms of gall bladder disease
and even feel pain (gall bladder colic).
If your liver is clogged and fatty, weight loss
is difficult and slow even on a good eating plan
. Your body needs to remove fat from your liver before it can break down other fat deposits. Once your liver is rejuvenated and detoxified, weight loss is easier and better still - the weight stays off!
Proven strategies to protect and repair your liver
It's not hard to make slight changes to your diet and lifestyle
- the liver responds well to nutritional medicine.
- Reduce carbohydrate intake - eat only un-processed carbohydrates such as brown rice, millet, whole grain pasta especially amaranth and quinoa pasta, natural whole grain bread that is dense and heavy (not the fluffy multi grain breads found in most supermarkets.
- Avoid all sugar and refined grains and all processed foods containing sugar
- Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes and raw nuts and seeds.
- Eat good quality protein regularly such as eggs, legumes, raw nuts and seeds - protein does not raise your blood sugar
- Learn to like and drink fresh vegetable juices - such as a tasty mix of carrot, beetroot, celery, spinach, parsley, apple, ginger and lemon.
- Take rice bran husk daily to help reduce high cholesterol levels
Your liver can and will repair itself and grow new healthy liver cells
and you can reverse fatty damage to your liver - and enjoy a longer, healthier life!