Ah, your liver. Gotta love it. The largest internal organ, the largest gland in your body, does so many nice things for you.
This deep red organ weighs about three to four pounds and is approximately 3.5% fat. Strong and mighty, only 1/6th of your liver needs to be present for your body to still continue to function1. And, believe it or not, if as much as 80% of your liver was cut away, it would miraculously grow back to a full size in about three months. Talk about weird science!
With a list of jobs longer than all of our resumes put together, the liver stays busy performing over 500 functions. It's closely connected to the intestine and the gallbladder, working to keep your digestion in tiptop shape.
Among its many responsibilities, the busy liver spends its day:
- Filtering blood for use by the rest of the body
- Purifying and clearing harmful waste products and toxins (such as drugs or chemicals in processed foods)
- Regulating and secreting substances important in maintaining your body's function and health
- Producing cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
- Storing glycogen glucose, vitamins and minerals
- Metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Producing enzymes and amino acids
- Creating bile (about 1 quart a day) so that fats can be broken down, preparing them for further digestion and absorption2
- Metabolizing hormones and foreign chemicals
- Assimilating and storing fat-soluble vitamins
- Synthesizing blood proteins
- Processing hemoglobin for use of its iron content
- Regulating blood clotting
- Converting poisonous ammonia to urea (one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted by the urine)3
Basically, your liver acts as a giant filter, screening all of the drugs, medicines, chemicals, hormones and preservatives in foods we've taken in through our lifetimes.
Can you see why it's so important to take good care of your liver?
It's a hardworking internal organ that needs nurturing and care so it can keep on nurturing and caring for you.
Stress, a diet in need of change, alcohol and even overeating can all tax your liver. Unseen environmental toxins can also wreak havoc.
But when in trouble, the liver won't "ache"; instead, it will "cry out for help" in other obvious ways.
When our livers are not meticulously cared for, the results can be sticky. The ducts of the liver and gall bladder become obstructed and congested with thickened bile and stones caused by the over-consumption of foods and fats. This condition is directly related to the cause of disease today!
If the liver is overloaded, toxins build up and eventually the kidneys are left to deal with the problem. With both organs struggling to operate, the liver becomes enlarged. It will eventually cease to function appropriately and your bloodstream will then become a toxic waste dump.
This is no way to treat your liver. It deserves so much more!
A tired, overworked and congested liver can result in:
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Mineral Deficiency
- Water Retention
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Sinus Problems
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Inability to Tolerate Cold or Heat
- Sluggish Metabolism
- Low Energy
- Anger and Depression
- Eczema, Acne, Hives, Rashes and Itchy Skin
- Muscle Pain
The list goes on and on. If you're dealing with any of these symptoms, it's time to take control of your health by cleansing your liver.
OK, here comes the easy part - three foods that you've probably been enjoying for years can help decongest your liver and maintain its overall well-being.
- Wasabi, the hot green paste served with sushi
- Artichokes, a delicious addition to a great salads
- Sarsaparilla, the sweet and spicy cousin to root beer usually known for its appearances in old-time westerns.
These three treasures are the main ingredients in the Body Ecology's LivAmend .
Here's just what these three natural foods are and how they can work for you and your liver:
Wasabi Powder (Wasabia Japonica Rhizome):
First documented in the 10th century, Wasabi is believed to act as an antidote to food poisoning (4), which comes in handy when served with raw fish. With strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Wasabi helps mitigate microbial elements or pathogens, which might be present in the liver.5
Beaming with beta-carotenes and glucosinolates, Wasabi can also knock out some forms of E-Coli and Staphylococcus. It's effective against diarrhea and inflammation, and can act as a powerful antiparasitic and anticoagulant. And as any faithful sushi eater will tell you, Wasabi can clear out your sinuses as your liver begins to decongest, right there at the dinner table.
Artichoke Extract (Cynara Floridanum):
Artichoke has been used traditionally as a medicinal herb for its digestive properties, relieving constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Extremely effective for detoxifying the liver, normalizing liver metabolism and preventing further damage, artichoke extract increases bile flow which helps to digest food smoothly and effortlessly.
It can stimulate a healthy appetite and relieve abdominal pain, heartburn and that awful feeling of fullness you can sometimes get regardless of how much (or little) you eat. Artichoke extract also has kidney relieving diuretic properties, and as a bonus, lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, increases HDL (the good kind) and reduces triglycerides.6
Sarsaparilla Extract (Similax Officinalis):
Sarsaparilla has long been used as a blood purifier and tonic that boosts stamina and energy.7 Neutralizing toxins in the blood, Sarsaparilla helps carry out these poisons through bodily secretions. A known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it's been used to treat everything from sexually transmitted diseases to arthritis.
It is a cleansing herb, which can bring relief to the itchiness and other skin conditions caused by a congested liver. And loved by those who, well, love to love, Sarsaparilla is still frequently consumed for its reputed tonic and aphrodisiac properties.8
Three KEY pieces to a healthier liver solution -- all found in one easy to use dietary supplement, LivAmend.
Body Ecology's LivAmend was designed to increase bile flow, supporting a clear and healthy liver and improving bowel elimination, an integral part of any liver decongestive process. There is absolutely nothing artificial in our blend of natural herbs, just the purest form of Wasabi powder, Artichoke extract and Sarsaparilla extract.
Simply the finest trio of the key ingredients for a healthy liver and bowels, found anywhere on the market. After just a few days taking LivAmend, you should begin to see an improvement in your bowel function and ultimately a difference in your skin and overall well-being.
In addition to LivAmend, you can improve the health of your liver by eating lots of green foods like our Vitality Super Green with chlorophyll and fermented algae. Also, boost liver-loving minerals by adding ocean vegetables or Body Ecology's Ocean Plant Extract.
There are other ways to care for the liver such as eating probiotic-rich foods, regular exercise (walking, yoga or rebounding), and not overeating. Even resting more and napping can help to heal the liver.
(1) Farr, Dr. Gary, "The Digestive System/The Liver", Become healthy now
(2) Botanic Medicine Society, "Body's Largest Internal Organ - The Liver"
(3) Children's hospital of the King's Daughters, "How the Liver Works - Anatomy of the Liver", http://www.chkd.org/HealthLibrary.content.aspx?pageid=P02006
(4) Mount Fuji Japanese Food Online
(5) Encyclopedia of Spices
(6) NutraSanus, "Artichoke Herb and Supplement Health Benefits"
(7) Herbal Extracts Plus, "Sarsaparilla Herbal Supplement"
(8) Great Vista Chemicals, "Sarsaparilla (Smilax Officinalis"