The liver is absolutely critical to the health of your entire body. In fact, it performs over 300 vital functions.
In other words, the liver is not some isolated organ that only processes alcohol or other toxins out of your body. The liver is deeply connected to the working of your entire being. It digests food, stores nutrients, is an important part of your immune system, and produces hormones that determine how you feel and function.
The most important function of the liver is its duty to detoxify your blood. The liver works to neutralize threatening toxins that could make you sick, impair the functioning of your cells, and age your body by causing damage.
If your liver and your body are overwhelmed by toxins, your cells can become diseased and damaged, which leads to degenerative disease. Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson's, arthritis, and heart disease are all examples of degenerative diseases.
These are some of the most feared diseases in developed countries, and they take more lives than any other cause.
So make sure that you keep your liver and body clean and that you don’t have chronic toxicity that contributes to the development of these diseases.
Unfortunately, in modern times, our livers are constantly being stressed. Due to our overeating along with the processed food we take in on a regular basis, our livers are getting overwhelmed. Pollution and toxic chemicals from the air, water, food, and medications add to the liver’s burden.
Our ancestors didn’t have to deal with this onslaught of pollution and unnatural foods. But our ancestors didn’t have the breadth of knowledge we now have on how to cleanse the liver.
Fortunately for you, there are ways to cleanse the liver and by extension, your body. Your health will be revitalized, and your body will be crystal clean as a result.
This ebook will give you three steps to reboot your liver and clean out your system. Let’s get down to business.
An important step in revitalizing your liver is to stop putting in the things that are overwhelming your liver. Give your organ a break.
Avoid these foods and beverages for the time being:
Most of us know that excessive alcohol consumption damages the liver. Alcohol burdens the liver because of acetaldehyde—a toxic chemical produced by the metabolism of alcohol— that damages your liver cells.
But for the time being, it’s smart to abstain from alcohol completely to relieve your liver of this burden.
Foods that are unnaturally high in the sugar fructose damage the liver. If you’re drinking high-fructose corn syrup sweetened soft drinks on a regular basis, you can be sure that your liver is taking a hit.
Large amounts of fructose cause damage to the liver in many ways, generating free radicals, and directly mutilating proteins and fats in your tissue . It’s not surprising that fructose is implicated in liver disease .
Sunflower, corn, soybean and cottonseed oils are cheap oils that are in crackers, snacks, cakes, fast food, and other processed foods. They are loaded with omega 6 fatty acids, and if you get too much of them, they can contribute to inflammation and damage in your liver .
Trans fats are in vegetable oils that have been hydrogenated to become more solid. There are also smaller amounts in beef and dairy. The American Heart Association cites “Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes” as sources of these fats that are connected to liver disease.
Fish accumulate toxic metals and other environmental pollution, and larger fish like tuna, halibut, and swordfish accumulate dangerous amounts of metals that can damage your liver.
Chances are you will not be able to eat organic all the time, but keep in mind that organically grown food has far less synthetic pesticides and herbicides that stress your liver . And there is evidence that eating organic can dramatically lower synthetic pesticide residues in your body .
Once you’ve eliminated the constant stressors on your liver, it's time to use food and natural medicines to cleanse your liver.
Research has verified the therapeutic value of many herbs, foods, and natural compounds, so you can be sure that you are bolstering your liver by eating healthy foods and taking healthy compounds.
Dandelion root helps the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder and then to the intestines for elimination . Not only does bile help digest fats, it also contains waste products from the liver, so having bile flow smoothly is crucial for the elimination of toxins from the liver .
In numerous scientific studies, milk thistle significantly increased the cleansing, protective, and detoxifying antioxidant glutathione in the liver . Milk thistle also activates phase II enzymes in the liver, which detoxify harmful substances .
Milk thistle helps protect the liver from injury and fatty liver disease .
Turmeric and its main active component curcumin have demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects .
In a placebo-controlled human trial regarding fatty liver disease, curcumin (in turmeric) was successful in causing a “78.9% improvement” versus a “27.5% improvement in the placebo group” with respect to fat liver content (an indicator of liver disease) .
This sulphurous amino acid derivative is so powerful at protecting and cleansing the liver that hospitals use it to prevent liver failure in people who have overdosed on over-the-counter painkillers . NAC is a nutritional supplement and a sulfur compound that will hugely benefit your liver.
Choline is an “essential component of the human diet” and is essential in creating healthy membranes in all human cells . Way back in 1935, researchers noted the “association between a low-choline diet and fatty infiltration of the liver [fatty liver disease]” .
Researchers state straightforwardly: “Humans eating diets low in choline develop fatty liver and liver damage” . It has been found that choline actually modifies genes that can determine if the liver becomes diseased or not .
Part of effectively detoxifying the liver involves the successful release of bile (which carries toxins) from the liver and gallbladder into the intestines. Artichoke has long been thought of as a stimulating food that releases bile, and modern research supports this view.
In one human case study, artichoke tea might have improved the liver health of a woman who developed liver toxicity from an antifungal drug .
Research has shown that burdock root has many beneficial effects. It can correct liver enzymes that are out of whack, restore the powerful antioxidant glutathione in liver cells, and protect the liver via its direct antioxidant effects .
Yarrow is a very effective herb at making bile flow out of the liver and gallbladder . If you keep your toxin-filled bile flowing out of your digestive tract, the liver keeps cleansing efficiently.
You’ve probably noticed by now that antioxidant power plays a big role in the protection and cleansing of your liver tissue. Celery seed is another natural compound that can boost the antioxidants already in your liver cells, and research has shown that it can prevent decreases in the level of glutathione antioxidants that your liver uses to cleanse itself .
When your liver is overloaded with toxic substances, celery seed will no doubt help to boost the antioxidants your liver needs to cleanse itself.
We all accumulate pollutants in the tissues of our bodies. Heavy metals, plasticizers, and other chemicals can be stored throughout our bodies.
This buildup of contaminants is a well-established scientific phenomenon called “bioaccumulation” that has been witnessed in many animals and humans . For instance, modern humans have “1000-fold” the amount of lead in our bodies that our ancestors had .
So how do we gradually lower the burden of contaminants in our bodies? Let’s take a look:
The surest way to remove all known environmental contaminants from your body is to sweat. Researchers have proven that a multitude of pollutants are released in sweat, so if you are taking a sauna, you can be sure you are sweating out pollutants that are in your cells .
Make sure to take it slow, though, if you are not used to sweating. You also expel valuable electrolytes when you sweat, but they are easily replenished. If you overdo it, you can feel faint.
Certain foods and supplements have been evidenced to inhibit the absorption of toxic metals. Chlorella (a type of algae), activated charcoal, garlic, and other nutritional compounds can keep some metals from being absorbed in your digestive tract.
There is also some evidence that modified citrus pectin can detoxify heavy metals that you have already absorbed into your tissues. But sweating is the most proven way to naturally expel your toxic burden.
Detoxification is not a myth. You just have to detoxify the right way – the proven way.
Your liver is the keeper to a vibrant and clean body. So take away its toxic burden and help clean it out, and your liver will be healthier than that of the vast majority. Your liver will be strong enough to uphold its duties and the health of your whole body.
Degenerative diseases that are connected to toxicity like cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer's are on the rise. It’s now more important than ever to clean out our bodies and save ourselves from this environmental assault and its health consequences.
Our ancestors didn’t have many of the advantages that we have now, but their bodies were cleaner and had much less man-made pollution to deal with. We need to return to being as clean as they, then we will thrive!