Thursday, December 30, 2010

Detoxing The Liver

Merry Thursday my wonderful, faithful readers!

With New Years Eve right around the corner, I thought I would tell you a bit about detoxing the liver. I also have enclosed, for you party hounds out there, a recipe for the hangover a lot of you will read on peeps!

Detoxing The Liver

Your liver converts all htat you eat, breathe , and absorb through your
skin into life-sustaining substances. It plays a vital role in digestion since it is responsible for producing bile, a substance stored in the gallbladder that aids breakdown of fats. Your liver also processes digested food and disperses it through you.

The liver also acts as an excretory organ, filtering toxins from your blood and converting them into waste, which is excreted into the bile - produced for this purpose-or blood and expelled in the form of feces or urine.

A diet high in fats, sugars and alcohol, along with environmental toxins such as pesticides and nitrates, seriously affects your health by interfering with the liver's functions. Fortunately,  your liver has amazing powers of regeneration, and a liver detox can work wonders for your whole body.

The Anatomy Of The Liver

The liver is the largest organ inside your body and has an enormous amount of blood flowing through it every minute. It consists of two main lobes, which appear flat and smooth bur are actually made up of many thousands of microscopic cells.

These liver cells are separating by spaces that act like a filter or sieve through which the unfiltered blood flows. Liver cells play an essential role in ridding the blood of unwanted substances. They ingest and break down toxic matter such as dead cells, microorganisms, chemicals such as nitrates or preservatives, drugs and other debris from the bloodstream.

Detoxing The Liver

Protecting Your Liver

Alcohol~Excess alcohol causes the liver to metabolize fat less efficiently, so that it's stored in the liver and other organs. The livers becomes fatty and inflamed, functioning less efficiently. Avoiding alcohol is the best answer, but drinking responsibly can help.

Medications~Many prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies can damage your liver. Ask yourself if a medicating is really necessary and , if not,try an alternative remedy.

Environmental~It is impossible to avoid toxins such as pesticides and food additives, but you can limit your intake by being a more discerning consumer. For example, buy organic foods and wash vegetables before cooking or eating them.

Fatty Foods~A high-fat diet overworks the liver. As many toxins are fat-soluble, they will be stored in fat rather than being excreted. Try limiting your intake of processed foods to combat this.

Boosting The Liver

As well as reducing toxin intake, try adding the following liver-boosting foods

Avocado~A rich source of glutathione and lecithin, avocados help to clear the body of harmful fats, taking the burden off the liver. Avocados are also a rich source of antioxidants.

Beets~Beets help regulate the digestive system and support liver function because they contain betaine, which aids fat metabolism. Rich in potassium, beet juice is also a blood cleanser and tonic.

Artichoke~A known liver tonic, artichokes detoxify the body and help to increase bile production.

Herbs~Herbs such as dandelion, licorice and milk thistle detoxify and also help to prevent and reverse liver damage.

The Dreaded Morning After

While most people are aware of the damaging effects of alcohol, the occasional drink can be enjoyable. To reduce the strain on your liver, never drink on an empty stomach and alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones to ensure that you do not become dehydrated.

Your liver is able to process the equivalent of a pint of beer an hour, so pacing yourself and not drinking too much too quickly is a good idea. Before going to bed make sure you drink plenty of water. It is always tempting to reach for a coffee on the morning after, but try to resist the urge - coffee is a diuretic and will dehydrate you further.

Instead of coffee, try the following placed in a blender:
  • 1 Glass of Water
  • 1 tbsp of cold-pressed Olive Oil
  • The Juice of one Lemon
  • 1/2 The Rind of Lemon
  • A Piece of Fresh Ginger Root
Blend for 1-2 minutes, strain out the contents and drink the mixture on an empty stomach. Drinking this will rehydrate and flush out your system.


Thanks for reading and making all this typing worthwhile!

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