The liver is the vital parts of the body. The liver is found in the upper right quadrant of our abdomen immediately under the diaphragm. It has a big responsibility to regulate metabolism and detoxify the body. It is also a home of many health issues. Spring fatigue is one of them.
The liver performs various important functions in our bodies including storage of nutrients (vitamin B12, iron, copper), production of certain enzymes and proteins, filtering of blood, secretion of bile which is needed to metabolise fat from food, removal of old red blood cells from the blood circulation and detoxification.
February is a good time to detoxify your liver and remove the poisons that have accumulated throughout the winter. Because the liver is weak, they cannot get toxins through urine and faeces from the body, but send them to an area of the body where they would not seem to interfere; to the hair, skin and nails (oily hair, dandruff, broken nails, itchy skin, low back pain).
Classical liver problems, first stage, can cause skin problems, fluctuating mood, irritability, nervousness, anger, emotional tension, eye problems, sun allergies, red skin, burning eyes, watery eyes, eyes sensitive to light, morning fatigue. It’s hard for a person to get up in the morning, restlessness and general fatigue and weakness.
If this general condition persists, the second stage follows: toxins penetrate the phospholipid barrier and penetrate the cell, where they disrupt normal cellular function. If this condition continues, the third stage, which is degeneration, follows: the damage is very deep, the cell is already damaged, the enzymatic reactions are no longer carried out properly there. Information comes into the cell, and the wrong information goes out because the toxins distort it.
In naturopathy, we face such problems in different ways.
Look for the damaging elements in your body that may be causing the issues with your gut and liver health. Ask yourself questions:
- Am I feeling ill when exposed to chemicals (e.g. perfumes, cleaning products, exhaust fumes, cosmetics)?
- Do I use recreational drugs, caffeine, alcohol, smoke, or am exposed to passive smoking?
- Am I frequently exposed to plastics (plastic containers in cooking/storage, cling film, use tinned foods, drink tap water)?
- Do I have amalgam fillings, crowns or have been exposed to heavy metals in the past – aluminium, lead (e.g. workplace) eating tuna, tinned foods?
- Do I have symptoms of imbalanced hormones (e.g. fluctuating or heavy periods, PMS, fibroids, endometriosis)?
- Do I have frothy, smelly urine and/or eggy flatulence and/or bloating?
The liver is vital in poisonous detoxifying substances and waste products from the body and helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, the liver helps protect your blood from dangerous bacteria. If your liver is overloaded with toxins, your body will not be able to function and protect you properly.
FOOD & HERBS
Foods that weaken the liver are coffee, chocolate, nuts, nightshade family, sauerkraut, spices, dairy products, salmon, cherries and sour cherries. I also advise against turmeric and anise as they are too strong for a weak liver when there is no energy when a person feels tired.
It’s time to learn how to detox the liver naturally with simple foods like lemon water, green leafy vegetables and more:
Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit promotes natural liver cleansing. A small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice helps form liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
Beets and carrots
Both contain very high levels of plant flavonoids and beta carotene; beets and carrots stimulate and improve overall liver function.
Green tea contains a huge amount of plant antioxidants, catechins, which support liver function. Green tea is a delicious, healthy addition to any diet. We need to drink real green tea, not substitutes or extracts, as these could have a bad effect on the liver.
I also recommend drinking nettle tea; it is best to pick it fresh. The herb is harvested whenever the weather is clear and when the sun is at its highest energy point, i.e. around noon.
Green leafy vegetables
One of the strongest allies of liver cleansing is green leafy vegetables. Let’s enjoy it cooked, raw or squeezed into juice. It has a lot of chlorophyll, which absorbs toxins from the blood. It neutralises heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides and protects the liver.
This nutrient-rich superfood helps form glutathione, a compound that cleanses harmful toxins.
Apples contain a lot of pectins, which helps cleanse toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. This facilitates the work of the liver during cleansing.
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flaxseed are great for the liver if used sparingly. Olive oil supplies the body with lipids that absorb toxins from the body.
The body needs seeds such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat and other grains. Keep them gluten-free, as gluten is full of toxins that build up in the liver. Research has shown that people who are hypersensitive to gluten also have abnormally elevated liver enzymes.
Broccoli and cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are good sources of glucosinolate, which supports the formation of liver enzymes. Natural enzymes flush carcinogens and other toxins from the body.
Lemons and limes
These citrus fruits have a large amount of vitamin C, which helps the body flush out water-soluble toxic substances. Drinking freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice on an empty stomach stimulates liver function.
Because they are full of the amino acid arginine, walnuts support the liver in removing ammonia. They have a high content of glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing. We make sure to chew them well to squeeze the juice before consuming them.
Even natural liver cleansing supplements are available to help you feel better. Glutathione is an important antioxidant produced by the body. Glutathione helps the body fight harmful oxidants which are constantly attacking the cells of our bodies. Glutathione helps neutralise these oxidants, so they do not cause any damage to our bodies. Some seafood and meats contain high amounts of glutathione. Our liver produces glutathione, but it becomes difficult for many people to meet their daily requirement through diet due to hectic lives. It makes sense then to consider taking glutathione supplements or reduced glutathione tablets as they are commonly known. Beneficial supplements are also methionine, taurine, alpha-lipoic acid, cysteine, molybdenum, vitamin C, B5, B6, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium.
Emotions related to liver deficiency are anger, irritability, irritability, impatience, nervousness, which we may or may not express, but actually evoke in the body. Why? Because the liver is in deficit. Moodchanger Calmness; rescue remedy drops regulate these emotions.
They are very effective and fast, but it is true that the less toxins the body has, the faster they work. So I advise first one month without foods that weaken the liver, and then you can only start Moodchanger therapy. This will ensure optimal performance.