In the past few years, I have noticed many people are becoming health conscious and are talking about changing their lifestyle in one way or another.
They start a health and wellness regimen, and usually begin with some detox procedure like a liver cleanse.
Many other bodily functions need to be considered and supported, and if the detoxification organs and pathways are not in a healthy state, it could worsen any underlying challenges as toxins could be reabsorbed into the system.
It is imperative to get to know and understand your organ systems a little bit better, to avoid such a disaster.
The largest internal organ is the liver and performs numerous critical functions to keep the body pure of toxins and harmful substances. The liver plays a significant role in the metabolism with multiple roles in the human body, including:-
• Bile production - which helps break down fats and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine
• Produces cholesterol and proteins - delivering fats through the entire body
• Stores glycogen and releases glucose as needed
• Stores blood and iron
• Breaks down insulin, estrogen, and other hormones
• Converts ammonia to urea (urea is one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted in the urine)
• Clears the blood of harmful and toxic substances i.e. drugs, alcohol, etc.
• Assists immune health and removes microbes from the bloodstream
Once the liver has broken down harmful substances, these substances are the excreted into the bile or the blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body through the feces, and blood by-products are filtered by the kidneys and leave the body via the urine.
Here’s where some of the “detox” trouble arises. If the digestive system is sluggish, toxins can be reabsorbed into the body and the blood via the intestines.
If the kidney/bladder system is weak, it can be overloaded with toxic residue, which can lead to bladder and kidney infections. This will leave you with many symptoms, including feeling lethargic, sluggish, and even keep you from your normal daily activities.
I hope you have a clear picture that before starting a liver detox procedure, it's best to ensure your intestines and kidney/bladder system is in excellent health.
Eating fiber rich foods will assist your digestive system and promote optimal function, along with proper chewing. Have you ever heard the statement "Digestion begins in the mouth, not in the stomach"? (See my blog CHEWING FOR BETTER HEALTH!)
Bitter herbs will also stimulate the production and release of bile, which will better serve your digestion. (See my blog on HOW WELL IS YOUR BODY PREPARED FOR OUR TOXIC FUTURE?)
Once your digestive system is functioning better, it is time to ensure your kidneys are in good shape too, by doing a kidney cleanse. My preference is with plant medicines in the form of tinctures, which are efficiantly assimilated.
Besides adding these highly efficient plant medicines into your diet, it is preferable that you eat a well balanced diet, free of sugary foods, highly processed foods, excessive amounts of poor quality proteins, coffee and soda, whilst adding exercise, which will greatly enhance your program.
Once you have completed the kidney cleanse and your digestive system is functioning better, you will be ready do a simple “liver cleanse.” One of the BEST ways to support the health of the liver has traditionally been through fasting. Many cultures around the world have fasted at specific times of the year to help support proper functioning of the liver, which is also known as the creative channel in the body and mind.
To learn more about the liver and cleansing, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org