Your liver can still function when up to 70 percent of its capacity is lost! So many people don’t even know they have a liver problem until it’s practically getting ready to shut down.
Here are four major reasons why you don’t want your liver shutting down.
Four critical functions
Your liver performs more than 500 functions that are all essential to life and health, but here are four of the most critical:
1- Making bile
In addition to breaking down fats, bile helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K, and turns beta-carotene into vitamin A.
Bile also is the "escort" for toxins that your liver filters out of your system. The toxin-drenched bile gets absorbed by fiber in your intestines and is escorted out when Nature calls.
If bile secretion is too low, toxins can accumulate and your liver can actually become constipated just like your colon!
2- Controlling cholesterol and hormones
Although you do get some cholesterol from food, the vast majority is made by your liver.
Your liver closely monitors your cholesterol level. When you take cholesterol in with food, it temporarily slows down its own production of cholesterol until more is needed.
So truly, the health of your liver is the primary indicator of whether you'll have a cholesterol problem and an increased risk of heart disease!
Poor liver function can also lead to hormone-related conditions.
For example, PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries and uterus are associated with elevated estrogen, and that can be the result of the liver not breaking down and eliminating old estrogen like it should.
3- Regulating blood sugar
Your liver works with the pancreas and adrenal glands to regulate your blood sugar.
If your liver isn't carrying out its part of the cycle properly, you are a candidate for Type 2 diabetes, increased fat storage and elevated cholesterol.
4- Filtering blood
About two quarts of blood pass through your liver EVERY MINUTE.
A healthy liver can efficiently handle 99 percent of the toxins you take in before they enter circulation. These include alcohol, nicotine, drugs, pesticides and food additives.
But if your liver is NOT healthy, toxins will begin accumulating in your cells, tissues and organs, causing sickness and disease.
Is yours trying to tell you something?
Here are some signs that you may have a liver challenge:
- Intolerance to greasy foods
- Foul smelling stools
- Bitter taste in your mouth
- Grayish skin or yellow in the whites of your eyes
- Bad breath
- Excessive body odor
- Fatigue or headache after eating
- Dry skin or hair
- Right sided abdominal pain
- Water retention
- Pain in big toes or pain that radiates along the outside of your leg
- Blood in stools
- Elevated blood cholesterol or triglycerides
But don’t stop there! Because you also need to consider what is causing your liver problems to begin with…
Environmental pollution, chlorinated water, household chemicals and pesticides all stress on our livers.
But the biggest abuser of your liver is: YOU.
So many people live on processed/fast food, drink too much alcohol and overuse prescription and OTC drugs.
And in between their daily lattes, sodas and Red Bulls, they might squeeze in a few sips of water if they’re lucky.
They smoke, use recreational drugs and eat too many refined carbohydrates and trans-fats.
Am I describing you? If so, listen up.
Your liver isn't something you can be without.
No liver = No you
It’s time for you to take responsibility for your liver’s health before it’s too late…
How to have a healthy liver
Here are ways to help preserve the health of your precious liver:
- If you smoke or do drugs, please stop.
- Drink mainly water throughout the day.
- Limit alcohol consumption to a drink or two, preferably with a meal.
- Have a diet of fiber-rich foods. These will help assist your liver in eliminating toxins through the bowel. If you want some great ideas for delicious dishes featuring nutrient and fiber-packed real foods (as well as ways to help support tip-top digestion) check out the Great Taste No Pain health system.
- It's also crucial to have a healthy population of friendly gut flora to support efficient digestion and keep your gut wall strong so toxins can be safely contained and eliminated. Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula can be a huge help with its 13 strains of potent friendly microbes.
Here are some other ways to support your liver:
- Drink a large glass of room temperature water every morning to which a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice has been added to flush out the liver.
- Incorporate onions and garlic into your diet, as they help the liver escort heavy metals out of your body.
- Consider milk thistle supplementation.
They will return the favor many times over.