How to Make the Body’s Command Center     Happy

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

 

 

My Daily Drink

My anti-inflammatory daily drink that is….

Most of us know that inflammation is a link to chronic diseases as well as a pre-cursor for poor immunity.  Ginger (Zingiber officinale) root is used as medicine every place it is grown.  Not only is it a powerful anti-inflammatory, but it has strong antibacterial activity against a number of food-borne pathogens, especially:  Shigella, E.coli and Salmonella.  Ginger when added to honey can help decrease the duration of a cold and is effective in reducing coughs.  It is well known to help prevent motion sickness and is helpful during bouts of nausea and vomiting.

Fresh ginger root is my favorite and easy way to decrease inflammation in my body.  This is how I use it:  fresh mineral/spring water, squeezed ginger root topped off with sparkling mineral water if desired.  It’s a bit tingly to the lips and tongue, which is kinda nice, I think.  If this is not to your liking, use less to being with and graduate to more.

How to squeeze fresh ginger root, I discovered this to be best:   Using a cylinder (round) shaped garlic press, cut an inch of ginger to fit in the cylinder.  Press over the drinking glass and then scrape the minced ginger into glass as well.  The water will  be pale yellow and can be consumed immediately.  I like to add more water when I get near empty.  The minced ginger will sink to the bottom and if you like the flavor, it can continue for a few more fill ups during the day.  Sometimes I will add fresh lemon squeezed lemon juice and part of the rind (organic of course).

The ginger water is zingy and if you add sparkling water it tastes especially good and makes it a bit special.                                             Julia Rae Parsell

I am not a medical doctor and this habit is supporting my health and is not an endorsement to cure or prevent any illnessess. 

Super Plant: tastes smoky, like bacon

Tastes like bacon, must be bacon, right?  If it’s bacon yes, but what about if it’s a plant?  Let’s call it a super plant.  Please be introduced to Dulse, a beautiful dark red, flowy plant that lives in tIMG_1066he northern coastal waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic.  And yes, when cooked (roasted), it tastes smoky, a bit like bacon and not fishy.

What makes it super?  It is very high in:  digestive protein, iron, B vitamins, Vitamin. C, iodine, potassium and sodium to name a few.   It has been widely used as food by the maritime Irish and Scots.  It supports your body by strengthening you blood, adrenals and kidneys.  It’s excellent for hormonal support as well as for the lymphatic system and immune system.  It doesn’t stop there, Dulse, as other edible sea plants support the nervous and urinary system.  The fact that it is rich in manganese gives the benefit of activating enzymes, so overall digestion is supported which in turns supports almost every function in the body.

If you like the big words then here is an arsenal for Dulse:  anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anticoagulant, antithrombotic, antiviral and antioxidant.  In other words, it protects your body against harmful inflammation, against cancer, viruses and keeps your blood from clotting.  It has powerful phyto (plant) nutrients that protect your heart and other vital organs.  Some studies have shown (although inconclusively) that the mineral vanadium, present in sea vegetables, may be able to increase our cells’ sensitive to insulin.  Thus, help us prevent over production of glucose by our cells, and help take existing blood sugars and convert them into storable starches.

Dulse can be purchased at your local health food store as packaged fronds and also as dried flakes or powder.  Be sure to use only organic, sustainable sources.
Dulse makes an excellent seasoning in home prepared foods.  It brings a salty taste as well as the smoky bacon flavor.  Rebecca Wood suggests that Dulse be tossed with salted nuts and served with a good microbeer.  She goes on to ask, “Guess which disappears first?”   I believe this is an experiment worth trying.

George Mateljan suggests adding it as a topping on salads, mixed in rice dishes, or added to soups, legumes or vegetable dishes for flavor and nutrition.  It’s especially great on potatoes and corn dishes.  Kids and finicky eaters will enjoy it without them knowing.  Dulse is readily available at organic grocery stores and many health food stores.

Julia R. Parsell

Maybe I especially like dulse because I identify with her.  She’s tenacious, hardly, adaptable, and flourishes even in extreme situations.  And she has a wise woman way of changing her form to adapt to specific micro-environments.  Dulse is a wise woman, a shape-shifter, a bleeding woman, a changing woman, a woman whose friend it is good to be.   – Susun S. Weed,  Healing Wise

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Weed, S. Healing Wise. Ash Tree Publishing, 1989