Liver LoveWeighing 3-4 lbs, the liver is the largest internal organ. It is the cornerstone of about 500 different functions in the body including detoxification, blood formation, blood sugar regulation, defending the body against infection and hormone function. As important as the liver is to our wellbeing, it is often overlooked and ignored when probing for the root cause of disease. However, it remains true that wherever disease and disorder exist, you will also find an unhealthy liver. During digestion, the liver secretes bile into our small intestine, alkalinizing and lubricating the digestive tract. Bile is an essential ingredient in the recipe of healthy digestion and without it, we leave our bodies at risk for nutritional deficiencies and overgrowth of bad bacteria. The release of bile also stimulates peristalsis, which moves fecal material out of the body. However, due to many factors, including consumption of processed foods, red meat, alcohol, drugs, and seemingly less harmful habits like overeating and snacking between meals, our livers and gallbladders become completely backed up! What we need to realize is that we are not invincible. Sure, our livers can tolerate much abuse when we are younger, but as the toxic bile continues to build up, it forms stones. These stones accumulate in our liver and gallbladder and cause all sorts of problems in the body.
Signs and symptoms of poor liver function:
- Acne and other skin conditions such as eczema, hives, itching or rashes
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
- Intolerance to cold in winter & may suffer chills especially after meals
- Yellowing of the whites of eyes
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hormonal imbalances in women (irregular periods, loss of sex drive, fertility issues, PMS)
- Either overweight or underweight with malnourishment
- Alternating diarrhea and constipation
- Headaches, dizziness, and shivering
- Loss of appetite
- Eating disorders
- One or several deep lines and/or swollen puffiness between your eyebrows.