Aging and Liver Detoxification
Aging is something we can’t escape. But how well we age depends on the lifestyle choices we make. Taking care of our bodies by eating healthy food, exercising, having healthy relationships, fulfilling work, joy and love all contribute to our aging well. In essence, keep our body detoxified on a mental, spiritual and physical level is critical to our health.
The liver, takes on a huge load when it comes to keeping us detoxified. It is the hardest working organ in the body. Our liver performs over 500 functions! The thousands of enzymes systems that control the activity in the body are created in the liver.
A healthy liver is essential for anti aging because, among other things, it responsible for making components that are critical for internal and external well being. The liver creates glutathione which gives the skin a healthy glow, regulates blood sugar, boosts immune system and helps combat osteoarthritis.
Other responsibilities of the liver are fighting infection, cleansing the blood, storing vitamins and minerals, controlling cholesterol, breaking down hormones, helps control blood pressure, storing energy and so much more.
Everything that comes in though your mouth, you breathe in through your nose or absorb through your skin, increase the stress load on the liver. When the liver gets clogged and doesn’t function efficiently, you can see how much can go wrong.
Symptoms of a toxic liver include:
- Dark urine
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Ankles and feet
- Easy bleeding
- Pale stools
Causes of a congested liver include:
- Bad diet
- Food with additives & preservatives
- Saturated fat
- Alcohol Drugs
- Stress & anxiety.
A toxic liver contributes to:
- Degenerative disorders
- Auto immune disorders
- Eye and vision disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Impaired libido
- Skin disorders
- Low energy
A few super foods for a healthy liver:
- Apples: They contain high amounts of pectin that helps the liver release toxins
- Citrus: Vitamin C helps detoxify the liver
- Avocados: Help produce glutathione, the beauty hormone
- Cruciferous Veggies: Help flush out carcinogens and toxins, increase enzyme production in the liver, powerful anti cancer agents
- Leafy Greens: Increase the production and flow of bile and sucks up toxins.
- Garlic: Activates liver enzymes that help flush out toxins
Keeping the liver healthy, as you can see, greatly affects your health and your ability to age well. Besides eating a healthy diet, a liver cleanse is a great way to ensure you keep your liver running in tip top shape.
The general recommendations for liver cleansing are 2-3 times a year. I highly recommend Elaina Love's Liver Cleanse program. Elaina, of http://www.purejoyplanet.com/, is a world renown Raw Food Chef, Author, Instructor and Liver Cleanse Specialist. To learn more about Elaina’s Liver Cleansing program, please see: http://www.purejoyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=344
Another great healthy liver website for recipes, webinars and more: http://loveyourliver.com.au/home
This will get you up and moving and aware of you lovely liver!
In Love and Health, Lori, LMT, CHHC