There is a reason the word liver starts with ‘live’. It is your body’s largest internal organ, the hardest working and without it you would die within 24 hours. If you are like most people, you probably take this amazing organ for granted. Most people believe that only heavy drinkers or drug users have to be worried about the health of their liver. Not true! Many health practitioners, including myself, believe that the length and quality of life depends on how well the liver functions. Now that the holidays are over, it is the perfect time to show your liver a little bit of love!
Wondering what the liver actually does? It performs over 500 functions in the human body such as:
- Detoxification – Housing an ingenuous cleaning system, the liver detoxifies alcohol, heavy metals, drugs, chemicals, toxic by products and other poisons from the blood.
- Digestion –A healthy liver will manufacture approximately one litre of bile per day. Bile is required to digest and absorb fats and certain vitamins, including Vitamins A, D, E and K.
- Manufacturing – The liver manufactures a variety of important proteins, including enzymes, hormones, lipoproteins, blood proteins, clotting factors and immune factors. The liver also produces cholesterol.
- Processing – The liver processes almost everything we ingest via our mouth, breathe into our lungs or absorb through our skin.
- Storage – The cells of the liver also act as a storage facility to house many crucial substances. Certain vitamins, minerals including iron and glycogen are stored there until they are needed. When blood sugar levels drop and the body needs energy quickly, the liver converts the stored glycogen into glucose and releases it into the bloodstream.
- Filtration – The liver filters over a liter of blood every minute!
As you can see from the list above the liver is vital for many functions within our bodies. However one of its most critical functions is detoxification. The liver’s role in detoxification is to change harmful toxins into substances that can be safely eliminated from the body. The liver transforms fat soluble toxins into a water soluble state. In this form they can be released through the kidneys (for elimination through the urine). They can also be released into the bile (for elimination through the colon).
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, then listen up! One of the ways the body protects itself from toxins is to retain fat and water. It holds onto water to dilute water soluble toxins and it stores fat to dilute fat soluble toxins. When you cleanse, you allow the body to release these toxins and the water and fat that can accompany them. Studies have also shown that one of the most common toxins in our environment, organochlorines, is stored in our fat cells and can reduce our metabolic rate as well as affect appetite hormones. If you want to lose weight permanently, cleansing should be part of your plan.
Start 2016 on the right foot with LiverDTX by Renew Life! This 2 part, 30 day cleansing program will help to jumpstart your health. LiverDTX works to cleanse and detoxify the liver, while at the same time, support and enhance normal liver function. Part 1 contains herbs, amino acids, and anti-oxidants which support detoxification and cleansing of the liver. Part 2 contains a blend of Ayurvedic herbs that help support optimal liver function, including bile production.
When detoxing the liver, taking an extra fibre supplement will help to absorb the toxins and remove them from the body (this will also help to avoid unpleasant ‘cleansing reactions’). Although they are not required, the following lifestyle and dietary suggestions can support your body while cleansing:
– Avoid alcohol consumption (Please note that many people have found that their tolerance for alcohol intoxication is lowered after a liver cleanse has been completed, therefore alcohol may affect you more easily once you are done).
– Drink 8 – 10 glasses of pure filtered or spring water per day.
– Eat plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
– Cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts will help to ensure healthy functioning of the liver’s enzyme system. Vitamin C containing foods (peppers, tomatoes, and citrus fruits) also help.
– Add fresh juices from beet, spinach, carrot, cabbage and cucumbers (any combination).
It is important to note that even those who only eat organic, drink the purest water, and use natural cleansers can still suffer from toxic build-up over time. Cleansing your liver is a crucial step for living your best life this year and the years to come!