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Liver disease and dysfunction is very common in the U.S.A. as it is all over the world and there are 25 million Americans with liver disease, with thousands waiting for liver transplants. Unfortunately there are not nearly enough donor livers to meet the ever-increasing demand and so more than ever the message is that we need to take care of our liver from an early age. Thankfully nutritional medicine has been able to give many people with liver disease, from hepatitis B and C, to auto-immune disease, a healthy normally functioning liver. It is never too late, as the liver has remarkable powers of healing and regeneration.
The liver is the largest organ in the body and has many vital functions. It is between 21 – 22.5 cm in its greatest transverse diameter, 15 – 17.5cm in its greatest vertical height and 10 – 12.5 cm in its anteroposterior depth, weighing 1200 – 1600 gms.

What are the functions of the liver?

  • It is responsible for the production of bile, which is stored in the gallbladder and released when required for the digestion of fats.
  • The liver stores glucose in the form of glycogen, which is converted back to glucose again when needed for energy.
  • It also plays an important role in the metabolism of protein and fats. It stores the vitamins A, D, K, B12 and folate and synthesises clotting factors.
  • Another important role is as a detoxifier, breaking down or transforming substances like ammonia, metabolic waste, drugs, alcohol and chemicals, so that they can be excreted.
Chronic liver disease passes through a long period of minimal vague symptoms until the final stages of jaundice and mental confusion appear.
A number of diseases can affect the liver, such as acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and tumors. The underlying causes of these disease states include viral infections like hepatitis A, B and C, alcohol, drugs, metabolic disorders and immunological factors.

Symptoms associated with Liver Dysfunction

Abnormal Metabolism of Fats

  • Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream, for example, elevated LDL cholesterol, reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides.
  •  Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty degeneration of organs).
  • Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other fatty tumors).
  • Excessive weight gain, which may lead to obesity.
  • Inability to lose weight even while dieting.
  • Sluggish metabolism.
  • Protuberant abdomen (pot belly).
  • Cellulite.
  • Fatty liver.
  • Roll of fat around the upper abdomen – (liver roll).

Digestive Problems

  • Indigestion.
  • Reflux.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Gall stones and gall bladder disease.
  • Intolerance to fatty foods. Intolerance to alcohol.
  • Nausea and vomiting attacks.
  • Abdominal bloating.
  • Constipation.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pain over the liver – (upper right corner of abdomen & lower right rib cage).

Blood Sugar Problems

  • Craving for sugar.
  • Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels.
  •  Mature onset diabetes (Type 2) is common in those with a fatty liver.

Nervous System

  • Depression.
  • Mood changes such as anger and irritability.
  • Metaphysically the liver is known as the “seat of anger”.
  • Poor concentration and “foggy brain”.
  • Overheating of the body, especially the face and torso.
  •  Recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea.

Immune Dysfunction

  • Allergies – sinus, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives, etc.
  • Multiple food and chemical sensitivities.
  • Skin rashes and inflammations.
  • Increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

External Signs

  • Coated tongue. Bad breath. Skin rashes. Itchy skin (pruritus). Excessive sweating.
  • Offensive body odour.  Dark circles under the eyes. Yellow discolouration of the eyes.
  • Red swollen itchy eyes (allergic eyes). Acne rosacea – (red pimples around the nose, cheeks and chin). Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver spots).
  • Red palms and soles which may also be itchy and inflamed. Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels (capillaries/ veins).

Hormonal Imbalance

  • Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects).
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe.
  • Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe.

Recommended books

The Liver Cleansing Diet– contains the eight week eating plan to improve liver function.
Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It” provides a detailed guide on how to reverse fatty liver disease.
Save Your Gallbladder Naturally, and what to do if you’ve already lost it” provides help for all gallbladder problems.

The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book  – includes lots more liver friendly recipes, vital principles to follow long term for a healthy liver and more detailed information about specific conditions.

Raw Juices Can Save Your Life – juice book contains carefully designed juices to help with common health problems – this is a complete A to Z Guide of diseases and their specific healing juices.

Treatment and general recommendations:

  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, exposure to chemicals and pesticides and drugs including acetaminophen, the contraceptive pill and oral estrogens.
  • For women with liver disease estrogen patches are a safer way to take hormone replacement therapy.

Diet

  •   Include plenty of the following foods in your diet: fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, pastured meat, poultry, eggs and wild seafood; beetroot, artichoke, carrots, turmeric.  Indeed, 40 percent of the diet should consist of raw fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on green leafy vegetables.
  • Drink eight glasses of water daily. Purified water with lemon is also excellent. Avoid – all processed and refined foods, refined sugars, fatty foods, fried foods, ‘junk’ foods, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Avoid over eating; eat small regular meals.
  • Avoid ALL dairy products – dairy foods contain high levels of antibiotics, steroids and artificial growth hormones, as this is what the herds are treated with in today’s high tech dairies to prevent disease and boost milk production. As with humans where substances go through into breast milk it is the same for cattle – only they neglect to tell you this in the advertisements when they are telling you how great milk is. If you need further info on this please visit www.notmilk.com
  • Avoid ALL margarines and similar type spreads manufactured from hydrogenated damaged fats
  • Avoid industrial seed oils.
  • Limit chicken and turkey and eggs that are not free range/organic, as these often contain artificial growth hormones, antibiotics and steroids that increase the liver’s workload.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners see www.dorway.com

Diet for a Healthy Liver

The Liver Cleansing Diet is an 8-week eating plan that gives you plenty of variety and well balanced, nutritious meals.

The liver is the major FAT burning organ in your body.  Following this diet, your metabolism will improve rapidly and you will start to burn fat. Then the process of weight loss begins naturally and without great effort from you. Conversely, if you eat the wrong foods, your liver will manufacture more fat so that you become a fat storer.
The Liver Cleansing Diet is not a trendy weight loss diet (although it is extremely effective for obesity), in contrast it will become established as a household name for a long long time because people who have used it sing its praises far and wide.
Many fad diets come and go and indeed may be dangerous or make you miserable because they are far too restrictive and difficult to follow. In contrast The Liver Cleansing Diet is easy and safe and is really a form of awareness or consciousness, which will give you the key to a strong immune system and healthy blood vessels.
Furthermore The Liver Cleansing Diet is not a ” kill joy” diet which only goodie goodies can follow. After the 8-week cleansing, you may continue to enjoy nice wines and spirits and if you desire lean fresh red meats in moderation.
If you don’t want to follow the 8-week plan, then that’s OK too, simply follow the vital principles for a healthy liver (see chapter 5 of The Liver Cleansing Diet book or page 20-27 of The Healthy Liver and Bowel book and pick and choose recipes and foods that you enjoy.
There are hundreds of delicious and easy recipes for soups, salads, dressings, sauces, dips, main courses and desserts and much more- there is so much variety you will never be bored or hungry!
If you follow The Liver Cleansing Diet your metabolism will improve in leaps and bounds.  The Liver Cleansing Diet gives you a NEW method of combining food for efficient metabolism, weight control and repair of the liver. Then the process of weight loss begins naturally and without great effort from you. Conversely if you eat the wrong foods your liver will manufacture more fat so that you become a fat storer.By following the principles of The Liver Cleansing Diet and using nutritional supplements and liver tonics, it is possible to reverse many types of liver disease. This is even more so if these strategies are followed in the early to medium stages of disease.

Raw Juicing

I have known about the incredible healing power of raw juices from a very young age. My grandmother’s life was saved by raw juicing back in the 1930s.
Raw juices are an incredibly powerful healing tool and can improve the function of the liver, bowels and kidneys. This increases the elimination of toxins and waste products from the skin. Appropriate juice recipes include :

How long will it take to improve my liver?

It is very difficult to say how long this will take, as obviously it depends on if/or how long an individual has been drinking alcohol, the quality of the diet, if other drugs or medications have been taken, if the person has a disease or is overweight, etc etc. In some individuals it may take some weeks in others it may take years.

Recommended supplements:

Livatone Plus Powder or Livatone Plus Capsules

  • Take 2 capsules twice daily or 1 teaspoon twice daily of powder stirred into raw vegetable juice or water. A combination liver tonic designed for liver disease and dysfunction consisting of St Mary’s Thistle, Taurine and B vitamins will help stimulate the phase 1 and 2 detoxification pathways.  It will assist in stimulating the liver to start to burn fat by clearing the saturated detox pathways.

MSM with Vitamin C powder

  • Take ½ teaspoon twice daily in water or juice. MSM stands for Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane and is an organic naturally occurring form of sulphur. MSM is very safe and has no known toxicity. There are no known contraindications for its use. Aids in the manufacture of bile & elimination of toxins, and is a powerful blood cleanser. Is useful in liver diseases and dysfunction. Is an essential component of glutathione, which is the leading antioxidant made in the body.

Selenium Complete Tablets or Selenomune Designer Energy capsules

  • Take 2 tablets twice daily or 1 teaspoon twice daily in water or raw juice – Selenium is specifically designed to boost energy production from the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the energy factories inside every cell in the body and they produce the natural energy chemical called ATP. If the mitochondria are not producing sufficient ATP, the cells will not have the energy to perform their vital functions. This can lead to many symptoms of poor health.  Selenium has been found to be effective in reducing liver inflammation and is a strong antioxidant.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)

  • Take 1 capsule twice daily. NAC is a building block for glutathione, which is the major antioxidant and detoxifier in the body. NAC reduces inflammation and may help to repair liver cells.

Organic Flaxseed oil

  • Take daily – Flaxseed is an excellent source of essential fatty acids which is what the liver cell membranes are comprised of – therefore ensuring adequate intakes of good quality cold pressed oils will assist in repair of the liver cell membranes. Salmon, tuna, mackerel are also good sources as is avocado – use this as a spread.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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