The truth about liver detoxing
Several weeks ago I stated that I can trace the majority of the chronic and degenerative diseases back to three major organs or systems of the body. So far we have talked about two of them – the digestive system and the adrenal glands.
This week I would like to discuss the third.
The liver has over 500 functions that we in our finite minds even know about. Some of the main functions: It stores the body’s glucose, which is the body’s natural energy source.
Glucose, of course, also works in conjunction with the insulin. The thyroid hormones are converted from the inactive form to the active form in the liver. It stores the red blood cells. The majority of the body’s cholesterol is made by the liver. The liver helps break down the body’s fats. And the liver is like the oil filter in our car – anything and everything that is not of value to the body has to pass through the liver first, and then the liver sends the toxins and waste out of the body. Whew! If I were the liver I’d be tired by now from all that work! – and this is just the tip of the iceberg of all it is entrusted to do.
With today’s toxic environment our liver is working on overtime. Things like exhaust fumes, pesticides, heavy metals, perfumes, cleaning products, upholstery, carpeting, chlorine and fluoride in the water, and the list goes on and on. All of these things are laden with toxic chemicals. Then there is the internal environment of our bodies – it too contributes to the toxic burden. Especially with all of the processed and packaged foods, sugars, fast foods, fried foods etc. that Americans are consuming in abundance these days – these are all very, very toxic to the liver.
Stress will also cause the body to be toxic and these toxins get bogged down in the liver. If the pH of the internal environment of our bodies is too acidic, the body can become toxic. Of course just the natural process of cells dying off is also waste product for the liver to dispose of.
Some of the more common signs and symptoms (although certainly not limited to) of toxic buildup are: allergies, arthritis, blood sugar problems, brain fog, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic backache, chronic fatigue, colitis, constipation, headaches, hormonal problems, hot flashes, immune weakness, indigestion, gas, bloating, joint or muscle pain, mood changes, PMS, sinus congestion, skin conditions and much more.
Really, the symptoms could be endless.
So having said all of this, I encourage you to consider detoxifying your liver. In fact this is an excellent place to start with restoring the body back to good health. Quite often this is where I start with my patients. I personally do this once a year as maintenance.
There are a variety of ways to do this. You can buy a consumer product at any health food store, see a natural healthcare practitioner for a professional level detox, or simply look on line for ways to detoxify the liver using food – juicing primarily. The protocol organ – the liver.
I put my patients on is very easy to do and not overly inconvenient. It’s a three-week program, you drink two, essentially tasteless, detox drinks a day, eat lean proteins and vegetables (ideally organic), take some prescribed supplements that are included and drink tons of clean water. The detox drinks make the toxins in the liver water-soluble and the toxins are then passed through the kidneys and out of the body through the urine. It not only cleans the liver but heals and repairs the kidneys, addresses any parasites that might be in the body (more people have parasites than they realize!), addresses any candida yeast overgrowth that can be in the body, addresses any heavy metals that might be there and does some healing and repairing of the small intestines. It’s so easy and yet so important to do!
Once you have done a liver detox, you now have the “slate clean” so to speak. Then you can start building the body back up using good foods and supplementation. If you want to address things like cholesterol problems, diabetes, blood sugar imbalances, hormone imbalances, anemia and so much more, I would start with a liver detox first.
If you’ve been on a lot of medications, or have had rounds of chemotherapy and/or radiation, you definitely could benefit from a liver detox. Give it a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Dr. Jackie McKool is one of less than 500 board certified chiropractic internists with a focus on internal disorders. She is a chiropractic physician who had a practice in Charleston, S.C. for 10 years before moving to Western North Carolina. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.