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.
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).
- Fatty liver.
- Roll of fat around the upper abdomen – (liver roll).
- Gall stones and gall bladder disease.
- Intolerance to fatty foods. Intolerance to alcohol.
- Nausea and vomiting attacks.
- Abdominal bloating.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
- 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
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.