Most times when something isn’t right inside of us, we get warning signs.
For example, pain means that your body is cranking out inflammation; gas and heartburn are signs your digestion is off; and if your lips swell up and you break out in hives after eating a food, you’re probably allergic to it.
But sometimes the signs we get are more vague …so we might not think there’s a problem, yet nothing could be farther from the truth.
This is especially true when you’re talking about liver problems.
Your hard-working, life-saving liver
Unlike other areas of your body, your liver doesn’t always sound an alarm to alert you when there’s a problem.
Your liver can still function when up to 70 percent of its capacity is lost! So many people don’t even know they have a liver problem until it’s practically getting ready to shut down.
Here are four major reasons why you don’t want your liver shutting down:
Four critical functions
Your liver performs over 500 functions that are all essential to life and health, but here are four of the most critical:
1- Making bile
In addition to breaking down fats, bile helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K.
Bile also is the "escort" for toxins that your liver filters out of your system. The toxin-drenched bile gets absorbed by fiber in your intestines and is escorted out when Nature calls.
But if bile secretion is too low, toxins can accumulate and your liver can actually become constipated just like your colon!
2- Controlling cholesterol and hormones
Although you do get cholesterol from food, the vast majority is made by your liver.
Your liver closely watches your cholesterol level. When you take cholesterol in with food, it temporarily backs off on its own production of cholesterol until more is needed.
So truly, the health of your liver is the primary indicator of whether you'll have a cholesterol problem and an increased risk of heart disease!
Poor liver function can also lead to hormone-related conditions.
For example, PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries and uterus are all associated with elevated estrogen, and that can be the result of your liver not breaking down and eliminating old estrogen like it should.
3- Regulating blood sugar
Your liver works with the pancreas and adrenal glands to regulate your blood sugar.
If your liver isn't carrying out its part of the cycle properly, you are a candidate for Type 2 diabetes, increased fat storage and elevated cholesterol.
4- Filtering blood
About two quarts of blood pass through your liver EVERY MINUTE.
A healthy liver can efficiently handle 99 percent of the toxins you take in before they enter circulation.
But if your liver is NOT healthy, toxins will begin accumulating in your cells, tissues and organs, causing disease.
Is yours trying to tell you something?
Here are some signs that you may have a liver challenge:
- Intolerance to greasy foods
- Foul smelling stools
- Bitter taste in your mouth
- Grayish skin or yellow in the whites of your eyes
- Bad breath
- Excessive body odor
- Fatigue or headache after eating
- Dry skin or hair
- Right sided abdominal pain
- Water retention
- Pain in big toes or pain that radiates along the outside of your leg
- Blood in stools
- Elevated blood cholesterol or triglycerides
But why would my liver be sick?
Environmental pollution, chlorinated water, household chemicals and pesticides all put stress on our livers to clean everything up.
But the biggest challenge to your liver is: YOU.
Factors such as eating processed and fast food, smoking, drinking too much alcohol or too little water, and overusing prescription and OTC drugs drain the life out of our livers.
But your liver isn't something you can be without!
No liver = No you
So it’s time for you to take responsibility for your liver’s health before it’s too late!
Ways to pamper your liver
Here are some surefire ways to help preserve the health of your precious liver:
1- Support it with your diet
Have a diet of real fiber-rich foods which will help your liver in eliminating toxins with your BMs. If you want some great ideas for delicious dishes featuring nutrient and fiber-packed real foods (as well as ways to help support tip-top digestion) check out the Great Taste No Pain health system.
Also, limit your fructose consumption to one piece of fresh fruit each day, and avoid sources of high fructose corn syrup (especially soda). Fructose is very taxing on the liver.
Also, incorporate onions and garlic into your diet, as they help your liver escort heavy metals out of your body.
2- Engage the power of your gut microbes
Your friendly gut bacteria help support efficient digestion so toxins can be safely eliminated like they should be…but you need a strong enough population of them to do this crucial job!
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula helps ensure that your friendly flora balance is where it needs to be to help support regular BMs, encourage a strong gut wall and promote sharp immune function too!
3- To drink or not to drink
Drink mainly water throughout the day—at least eight 8 oz. glasses should be your goal.
Also limit alcohol to a drink or two, preferably with a meal.
4- Other tips
If you smoke or do recreational drugs, please stop.
Also, if you are on any medications, talk to your doctor about reducing your dose or possibly weaning off them altogether. There are natural alternatives to many drugs—for example, fish oil formulas like VitalMega-3 have been proven to help with arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and inflammation!
Do all you can to help support the health of your precious liver.
It just may be a matter of life or death.
To your health,