Want to Boost Your Liver's Health? Three Powerful Natural Foods You Need
Did you know that your liver performs over 500 functions? It’s true! The body’s largest internal organ and largest gland is a veritable workhorse for your body.
Some interesting facts about your liver
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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 function!1 And, believe it or not, if as much as 80% of your liver were cut away, it would miraculously grow back to a full size in about three months. Talk about weird science!
So, what does the liver do?
Closely connected to the intestine and the gallbladder, the liver works to keep your digestion in tiptop shape. With over 500 functions to perform, your liver works hard every day!
Among its many responsibilities, the busy liver:
- Filters blood for use by the rest of the body
- Purifies and clears harmful waste products and toxins (such as drugs or chemicals in processed foods)
- Regulates and secretes substances important in maintaining your body's function and health
- Produces cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
- Stores glycogen glucose, vitamins and minerals
- Metabolizes fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Produces enzymes and amino acids
- Creates bile (about 1 quart a day) so that fats can be broken down, preparing them for further digestion and absorption 2
- Metabolizes hormones and foreign chemicals
- Assimilates and storing fat-soluble vitamins
- Synthesizes blood proteins
- Processes hemoglobin for use of its iron content
- Regulates blood clotting
- Converts poisonous ammonia to urea (one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted by the urine)3
How does a struggling liver impact your health?
When our livers are not meticulously cared for, the results can be sticky. The ducts of the liver and gallbladder 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.
This is no way to treat your liver. It deserves so much more!
Does your liver need a boost?
Stress, a diet in need of change, alcohol, and even overeating can all tax your liver. Unseen environmental toxins can also wreak havoc. When in trouble, the liver won't "ache"; instead, it will "cry out for help" in other obvious ways.
Signs of a tired, overworked, and congested liver can include:
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Mineral Deficiency
- Water Retention and Bloating
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Headaches and Sinus Problems
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Inability to Tolerate Cold or Heat
- Sluggish Metabolism and Low Energy
- Anger and Depression
- Eczema, Acne, Hives, Rashes and Itchy Skin
- Muscle Pain
- Nausea and Heartburn
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.
How to help 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 Body Ecology's LivAmend.
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.
You can also care for your liver by: eating probiotic-rich foods, regular exercise (walking, yoga or rebounding), and not overeating. Even resting more and napping can help to heal the liver.
How these three powerful natural foods boost your liver's health
Wasabi Powder (Wasabia Japonica Rhizome):
First documented in the 10th century, Wasabi is believed to act as an antidote to food poisoning4, 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.
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
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.
For more details on the liver and liver-loving foods, explore the Body Ecology program by reading the article, The Quick and Easy Guide to Improving Your health on the Body Ecology Program Part 1: The First 7 Steps to Great Health ... and check out all the details on Body Ecology's All-Natural LivAmend!
1. Think of your liver as a giant filter, screening all of the drugs, medicines, chemicals, hormones and preservatives in foods we've taken in through our lifetimes. It takes care of over 500 functions in the body, including:
- Purifying and clearing harmful waste products and toxins
- Metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates
- Producing enzymes and amino acids
- Converting poisonous ammonia to urea (one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted by the urine)>3
2. Without proper care, the ducts of the liver and gallbladder become obstructed and congested with thickened bile and stones. Caused by the overconsumption 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.
3. You can boost your liver's health in a variety of ways.
- Eat these 3 natural foods -- Artichoke, Sasparilla, Wasabi -- which can be found in our powerful LivAmend supplement.
- Eat lots of green foods like our Vitality Super Green with chlorophyll and fermented algae
- Exercise regularly (walking, yoga, or rebounding)
- Eat probiotic-rich foods
- Add liver-loving minerals to your diet with ocean vegetables or Body Ecology's Ocean Plant Extract
- Do not overeat
- Rest and nap
4. The liver and bowels are the body's main organs for cleansing the blood and tissue of toxins. A congested liver is reflected in the skin and the eyes. Keeping the liver decongested is important to maintain overall well-being. Body Ecology's LivAmend increases bile flow, supporting a healthy liver and improving bowel elimination.
- Farr, Dr. Gary, "The Digestive System/The Liver", Become healthy now
- Botanic Medicine Society, "Body's Largest Internal Organ - The Liver"
- 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
- Mount Fuji Japanese Food Online
- Encyclopedia of Spices
- NutraSanus, "Artichoke Herb and Supplement Health Benefits"
- Herbal Extracts Plus, "Sarsaparilla Herbal Supplement"
- Great Vista Chemicals, "Sarsaparilla (Smilax Officinalis"
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