Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's spring time, time for a liver cleanse...

The Liver - A Vital Organ
The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body weighing three to four pounds. It is glossy in appearance, and dark red in color from the rich supply of blood flowing through it. Sometimes called the great chemical factory, your liver neutralizes harmful toxins and wastes, stores glycogen (a blood-sugar regulator), amino acids, protein, and fat.
If your liver is not functioning well, a hazardous buildup of toxins may occur.

The liver is a complex, unique organ serving many functions crucial to sustaining life. From circulation to digestion, it is constantly processing blood for use by the rest of the body. In today’s world, our liver, all of our organs, are at great risk of contamination from environmental toxins and over-processed foods infused with many unnatural chemicals.
The liver performs many important functions to keep us healthy. It removes harmful material from the blood; it makes enzymes and bile that help digest food; and it converts food into substances needed for life and growth. From its sheltered position in the abdominal cavity, the liver filters blood and performs many functions vital to health.
Our bodies depend on the liver to regulate, synthesize, store, and secrete important proteins and nutrients.

The Liver Carries On Over 500 Functions Essential For Life, Including:
Filtering blood
Purifying and clearing waste products, toxins, and drugs
Regulating and secreting substances important in maintaining your body’s functions and health
Storing important nutrients such as glycogen (glucose), vitamins, and minerals
Metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
Creating bile
Metabolizing hormones, endogenous wastes, and foreign chemicals
Forming urea
Assimilating and storing fat-soluble vitamins
Synthesizing blood proteins

The liver is the most resilient body organ. It is capable of regenerating itself, and is able to recreate lost tissue in order to help maintain its essential functions, even in the face of moderate damage.
When part of the liver is removed, a healthy organ may grow back to its original size. But its capacity to repair itself can be exceeded by repeated or extensive damage. Keeping your liver as healthy and cleansed as possible offers many health advantages.

Why Liver Cleanse?
In our industrialized developed world, we are immersed in a sea of toxic chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that half-a-million chemicals are in use today, and over 5,000 new chemicals are introduced yearly. Some researchers believe up to 25 percent of these may be carcinogenic. This is why it is crucial to cleanse your liver of the toxic waste of 21st century living.
“Imagine the situation if your garden hose had marbles in it. Much less water would flow, which in turn would decrease the ability of the hose to squirt out the marbles. With gallstones, much less cholesterol leaves the body, and cholesterol levels may rise.”
“Gallstones, being porous, can pick up all the bacteria, cysts, viruses and parasites that are passing through the liver. In this way ‘nests’ of infection are formed, forever supplying the body with fresh bacteria. No stomach infection such as ulcers or intestinal bloating can be cured permanently without removing these gallstones from the liver.”
If your liver becomes overworked, it can become congested. Toxic compounds and impurities may get trapped in deposits of hardened bile. Pollutants may not be flushed out of the body, and can back up in your blood stream.
A sluggish liver can lead to serious fatigue, weight gain, water retention, and a host of other health woes. Detoxification that targets the liver can help remove these unwanted poisons and enable it to function properly. A healthy liver will increase your energy, improve metabolism, and help you burn excess fat.

Do You Need To Cleanse?
Ailments that indicate you may need a liver cleanse include:
Chemical sensitivities
Low metabolism
Low energy

Start spring right with a good house cleaning.


Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.

Christopher Wiechert's Healthblogger is for educational or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or provide treatment for any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional. If you decide to use this information on your own, it's your constitutional right, but I assume no responsibility.

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