Doing a Liver Cleanse to Reduce Toxicity

Holistic medicine suggests doing a liver cleanse periodically, to help reduce toxins that can accumulate in and stagnate the liver. They're very easy to do and designed to help support your general health.

Your liver is one of only two organs in the body that can regenerate itself. If you lost 90 percent of your liver, the remaining 10 percent would quickly make an entire new organ! Fascinating, right? (That is, if the remaining 10 percent is running efficiently!)

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Your Liver

  • Is responsible for cleaning toxins from your blood and your entire body.
  • Filters over one liter of blood every minute.
  • Absorbs and stores fats, carbohydrates and proteins, which are used for energy storage.
  • Converts stores glycogen to glucose, which is sent directly into the blood stream for immediate energy demands.
  • Keeps blood sugar levels constant.
  • Stores iron as well as vitamins and minerals that keep you healthy.
  • Makes bile, which help you digest your food.
  • Makes blood, and did so before you were even born!
  • Manufactures new proteins that your body need to grow and stay healthy.
  • Is responsible for clotting factors (prothrombin timing) that keep you from bleeding to death if you accidentally cut yourself.
  • Defends you against germs on a constant basis.
  • The blood from the intestines and stomach send blood through the liver, which allows for full absorption of nutrients.

    There are a myriad of reasons that your liver needs help! If you've ever had Hepatitis or HIV, (or any other condition that stressed your liver), it is essential that you help keep your liver at optimal function (by doing a regular liver cleanse) if you want to have a better chance for recovery!

    Many people stress their liver by taking OTC's or prescription medicines on a regular basis. Other people may suffer from being genetically predisposed to certain liver conditions. Still, even more people drink too much alcohol or take recreational drugs that kill a good liver!

    Even the pollution in the air we breathe is something else the liver has to process out of our bodies! Other common toxins include: acetate, alcohol, benzene, carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke, dioxin, herbicides, insecticides, paint fumes, heavy metals, formaldehyde, food preservatives, asbestos, artificial food coloring, barbiturates, and much MORE. If you don't clean your liver out, it can't do its job, which leads to toxicity. Before he died, Steve Jobs was the perfect image of toxicity. His sunken cheek bones and excessive weight loss looked eerily similar to the toxicity that's observed in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.

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    How does the liver handle toxins? The liver's natural antioxidant enzymes, found in the cells of the liver, corral free radicals, neutralize them, then safely and effectively escort them out of your body through the bile or the urine.

    The other function of the liver is to remove heavy metals such as candmium, mercury, aluminum, and lead along with other environmental toxins and environmental wastes. Since everything you eat, drink or breathe or even touch eventually passes through your liver. All the external toxins you encounter in daily life end up there as well.

    If your liver isn't efficient at handling those toxins, they will accumulate in your fatty tissues, your brain, the covering of the nerve cells and elsewhere in your body, where they could later have disastrous effects on your health!

    Also, toxins that are removed from your body, pass through the pores in your skin, which negatively affects the appearance of your skin. People who have cancer are regularly singled out by animals, whose keen sense of smell picks up on the toxic odor emitted by the person's skin.

    Everyone needs to do a liver cleanse periodically. Doing this about once or twice a month (at the very least), will keep your liver in good health.

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    Support Your Liver

    Doing a liver cleanse from time to time helps detoxify stagnation in the liver, which has always been prioritized in holistic, natural medicines. It is particularly beneficial for anyone who lacks energy, is intolerant of certain foods, or shows signs of being over-reactive to alcohol consumption. It is also most helpful to anyone who has green, brown, or hazel eyes. People with these eye colors seem more susceptible to digestive disturbances or problems with their livers.

    A good sign that your liver is congested is when you can’t stand the smell of fatty, fried foods or you avoid fresh fruits, especially oranges, as this means the liver can no longer easily digest fruity acids.

    Before a liver cleanse, you should clear the large intestines, which helps your body remove new toxins that are released from the liver more easily. Always detoxify the liver gradually, as all medications, alcohol, or other toxins can build up over a very long period of time. Since the liver is a non-stop worker bee, it won’t show signs of problems until they’re considerable. That’s why it’s best to take preventative steps to support your liver as you age.

    If you prefer juicing to cleanse your liver, drink a mixture of beetroot, apples, and carrots. This blend is highly beneficial to liver function. Blue green algae is also excellent for the liver. You can also help reduce liver stagnation by drinking a glass of hot water mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar occasionally.

    Foods that Promote Liver Health

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  • Whole foods such as organic quinoa or whole grain rice
  • Globe artichokes
  • Cabbage and greens
  • Dandelion
  • Berries of all kinds
  • Garlic and onion
  • Sesame seeds and sesame oil
  • Tumeric
  • Fish
  • Carrots
  • Celery

  • Harper's Liver Cleanse

    For the best results, this regimen should be done for at least two weeks, first thing each morning. It should also be preferably done in the spring and early summer. (Although anytime of year will still be helpful.)

    Upon rising, drink one large glass of fresh organic carrot juice, mixed together with one tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil and the juice and pulp of two fresh lemons.

    *This liver cleanse is suggested by Jennifer Harper, a qualified and registered natural health practitioner and gifted healer. She runs a successful clinic and is a popular broadcaster in the field of complementary medicine.

    Resource: Harper J. Body Wisdom – Chinese and Natural Medicine for Self-Healing. 1997; 169-70. Cleansing the Liver

    Quick Liver Cleanse

    If you don't have access to fresh carrot juice or a juicer on hand, you can still get some good results just by using lemons and olive oil.

    Mix 1-2 Tablespoons of expeller pressed olive oil with the juice and PULP of 1/2 lemon. Mix together vigorously. Drink first thing in the morning for the best results! That’s it. It only takes a few minutes and it tastes a bit like Italian salad dressing, so it is not hard to ingest at all.

    You can also drink lemon water regularly to keep detoxify your liver!

    liver cancer image This is what cancer of the liver looks like. Pretty scary stuff! And, it's exactly what you don't want!

    For Daily Maximum Liver Function You'll Need

    Vitamin C
    5000 mg.
    Vitamin E
    400-800 IU
    Beta Carotene
    25,000 IU
    200 mg.
    200 mcg.
    Alpha Lipoic Acid
    200 mg.
    600 mg.

    Advantages of Lemons and Olive Oil

  • Lemons - Are very soothing to your body. Lemons have been long known to have healing properties. The same holds true for natural, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

  • Olive Oil - Contains natural beneficial fats that have long been known to promote good health.

    Holistic medicine suggests doing a liver cleanse periodically to help reduce toxins that can accumulate in and stagnate the liver. Cleansing is very easy to do and is designed to help support your entire body.

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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