March 27, 2017; by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) Your liver is one of the most amazing aspects of your body although you probably forget about the little guy (out of sight out of mind) more often than you should. I shouldn’t say little either, being that the liver is the heaviest organ in the body and is also one of the largest! The liver processes nutrients from food, makes bile, removes toxins from the body and builds proteins– all for YOU! To keep you functioning as you should. Yet most of us take this super organ for granted so today I’m going to teach you how to live longer by loving your liver and get back to having more energy and feeling better overall.
Symptoms of a Sad Liver
Symptoms of a liver shown no love include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Edema (swelling)
- Bruising easily
- Swollen Spleen
- Stomach Pains
- Loss of Appetite
- Digestive Problems
Thankfully God provided us an abundant diet which protects us from “system malfunctions” in the first place but let’s face it; we live in a fallen world with temptations lurking around every corner. Food trucks, donut shops, ice cream parlors, temptation is EVERYWHERE. Being human, we tend to fall short of always eating what our bodies were constructed to eat. The good news is eating wholesome food will get you back on track.
Garlic helps your liver activate enzymes that can flush out toxins. It also has a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing
Eating or drinking grapefruit juice can help your liver flush out carcinogens and toxins. This fruit is also high in both vitamin C and antioxidant properties.
Beets are high in plant-flavonoids, which can improve the overall functions of your liver.
- Leafy Greens:
Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods, and act as a protective mechanism for the liver, Suri says.
- Green Tea:
Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, which have been known to improve the functions of our liver.
Adding more avocados to your diet can help your body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our livers to filter out harmful materials, Suri says.
- Crucferous Vegetables:
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts also increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies that helps create enzyme production for digestion, Suri says.
We all know citrus fruits like lemons are full of vitamin C, but lemons also help our bodies cleanse out toxic materials and aid the digestion process.
Used as a spice, tumeric has been known to help our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile can also act as a natural form of detox for your liver.
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support our liver through its cleansing process.” (1.)
- Complete Liver Cleanse: by Enzymatic Therapy is a 2 week supplement program designed to help remove toxins and support liver health. It’s key ingredients for potent healing are milk thistle fruit, burdock root extract, dandelion root extract, turmeric and artichoke leaf extract along with Vitamin C and D. You can also double up on this program and condense it to 1 week instead of 2.
Lemon + Olive Oil Liver Cleanse
A co worker of mine gave me this recipe a while back and I really enjoy drinking this at least once a day if possible.
1 cup of distilled water
1 organic lemon (rind and all)
2tsp organic olive oil
Wash the rind of the lemon off really well before putting it in the blender. Combine all ingredients in a high power blender and blend until milky white (about 2 minutes) Strain the pulp with a cheesecloth or strainer and enjoy!
Create Space for Calm
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” As true as this statement is, most of us run ourselves into the ground by taking on more than we can handle. Stress from bills, relationships, jobs, etc. all put a strain on one of our most beloved organs. Most of the time the way we handle this stress is drinking alcohol, eating fatty foods, consuming over processed foods and beverages, and partaking in other harmful habits that make us feel better in the moment, but definitely not in the long run.
I truly believe that our emotional and mental states are two legs of the health tripod and our key in keeping our physical body healthy. Deep rooted emotional pain along with stress from our everyday life is a recipe for something to manifest in the physical body. Just as drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of exercise, eating right, and getting good sleep each night are essential components to a healthy body, I believe carving out space in your morning or evening routine to silently reflect or to pray is a key component to healing and staying our very best versions of ourselves.
Show Your Liver Some Love (Breathing Technique)
If you don’t have 10-20 minutes in the morning and evening try just 3 rounds of 10 deep breaths while sitting up comfortably propped up on pillows or while laying down on your floor or bed.
Focus on your breath and bring your awareness to your liver which sits on the right side of your stomach below your rib cage. With each inhale breathe into that space and which each exhale silently say “thank you.” It may sound silly but each and every part of our body is a miracle and you would be surprised how far showing it more love and gratitude will go.