Synthesizing non-essential amino acids, producing bile to emulsify fats, improving digestion and metabolizing carbohydrates and medicines. Just a few of the benefits of a healthy liver. Take a drink, eat, take drugs or medicine of any kind and your liver is right there looking after you. It deserves a little TLC from you occasionally. There are a number of herbs and cleanses that can assist you.
Taber’s describes Fatty Liver as degenerative changes in liver cells owing to fat deposits in the cells. This sounds benign and in fact simple fatty liver is, however when the liver is damaged further by inflammation it can fail leading to the need for a liver transplant. For a full rundown on fatty liver see the Canadian Liver Foundations website
Cirrhosis is the disease most associated with alcoholism. The liver is scarred, unable to regenerate itself and not getting the blood flow it needs to function. Cirrhosis can be caused by
- viral hepatitis
- metabolic diseases
- environmental toxins
- reaction to drugs
Fatty liver and Cirrhosis are serious enough to have a possible outcome of death if ignored. It makes sense to take good care of your liver which can actually be fairly easy.
The all time best herb for liver health is Dandelion root. You can pick it out of the grass as long as you haven’t used any chemicals, dry the root and grind it down for use. The easier alternative is to visit the health food store and either pick up Dandelion supplements or better yet Dandelion Coffee; Dandelion coffee is made exactly the same way as regular coffee and can be substituted for it either entirely or at least on a regular basis.
Burdock root is also a good liver herb. It can be found in most health food stores in tincture or supplement form.
Cleansing should be done at least twice a year. Many cleanses are available with some being more drastic than others. I do not support the belief that fasting is the best cleanse or that an all juice cleanse is the best. These work for some people but not for others. If your blood sugar is low you will find yourself extremely ill if you try and do a radical cleanse on your own.
The least radical and easiest to maintain cleanse is the Wild Rose College Herbal D-Tox. It is a 12 day program that allows you to eat a varied diet. There is no sugar or flour in this diet but you can check out the food list on the website. Specific herbs are taken every day along with eliminating certain foods for the duration of the program.
At the end of the twelve days you will find yourself avoiding sugar and certain other foods by choice. They simply do not appeal anymore.
It is so easy to look after your liver that not looking after it seems like a waste. Include the liver in your fitness routine if you want to stay healthy and fit.
Editor Venes Donald M.D.. , Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary Edition 19, F.A. Davis Company Philadelphia
Bartram Thomas FNIMH, Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Marlowe & Company New York
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