How to Make the Body’s Command Center Happy

   

Typically our food supply and lifestyle do not support a healthy liver. I wrote this to help me keep on task.  I hope it offers you some benefit as well.  

Here are lists to aid you in valuing and nourishing your liver!

The Liver -The Command Center for the Body

Supports almost every organ in the body
Regulates levels of most of the main blood chemicals
Produces energy by breaking down food into glucose
Helps rid the body of waste and toxins
Produces bile to help digest fat
Produces many essential amino acids and proteins needed for growth and repair of all bodily tissues and metabolic processes
Vital role in fighting infections
Able to regenerate, but extensive damage can impair this function

Help Me!

  • Organic foods help decrease the toxic burden. Some common toxins in your food: herbicides, growth hormones, and pesticides
  • Sulfur foods! Garlic and Onions
  • Cruciferous veggies increase the levels of glucosinolate (important for liver metabolism)
  • Beets are a super food (betaine) for the liver (betaine is a methyl donor which is important to protect against fatty liver)
  • Whole grains for detoxification. (B vitamins in whole grains aid in methylation and create the master antioxidant, glutathione)
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Nutrients that support methylation and thus liver function:
    • B2 (yeast, organ meats, oily fish, whole grains, avocados, millet, wild rice)
    • B6 (lightly cooked animal products, whole grains, legumes, nuts)
    • B12 (meat, dairy, fish, B12 supplements for vegans)
    • Folate (raw green, liver, sweet potatoes, bean sprouts)
    • Magnesium (leafy greens, dried apricots, avocados, most nuts and grains)
    • Zinc (oysters, whole oats, pumpkin seed, pecans, brazil nuts)

Hurt Me

• Poor diet and lack of exercise
• Proton Pump Inhibitors (long lasting reduction of gastric acid production)
• Corticosteroids (any of a group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically)
• Estrogen containing drugs
• Excessive alcohol (decreases glutathione, leading to toxic build up in the bloodstream and tissues)
• Processed foods including: smoked and cured foods
• Food allergens or sensitivities
• Harsh household chemicals, soaps, and shampoos
• Anger
• Unresolved or continuous stress

Liver Imbalances may show up as;

  • Skin discorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic allergies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Chronic inflammatory disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Gallstones

 

 

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