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Drop the Resolution and Commit to a Solution

A number of individuals will again create their New Year resolutions of which the most popular is, “Losing weight and improving my health!”  Yet, 86% of those same individuals within the first week will have already sabotaged their resolution and another year starts off more with disappointment than improvement.

Improving your health and reducing weight is a big deal. Each of us needs to have our own reason as to why we want something to change; but, one thing I do believe, “Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do!”

Start With A Healthy Liver

Liver Detoxification is one great crucial building block to improve your health and lose weight. This is because our liver function is foundational as it plays a vital role in most of the metabolic processes; especially, detoxification. This means that it goes through various complex chemical reactions and gets rid of all the harmful substances. It becomes critically important to protect the liver and keep it free of all the micro-organisms.

Generally, when it comes to purification (helping clean the organs), the 3 main areas of focus are: liver, gall bladder and lymph glands. The majority of most individuals’ health-related problems are caused by either poor nutrition or toxic conditions within the body.

Poor nutrition can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle which includes: a nutrient-poor diet or by toxins (chemicals and heavy metals) within the food, and by food allergies that prevent the absorption or utilization of nutrients; despite the fact, that plenty of them are being ingested.

People can also be born with metabolic defects that decrease their body’s attempts to detoxify itself. One person in every 12 has a defective gene (CYB206) that prevents them from detoxifying over 40 widely-used drugs. These include: antidepressants, cardiovascular agents, analgesics, as well as drugs of abuse such as Ecstasy.

Nutritional failure can also be caused by a compromised liver which has become fatty and stagnant. Since the liver is the body’s primary organ of detoxification, once the liver is compromised; our other organs of elimination no longer function adequately. This causes the immune system to work overtime in its attempt to deal with the toxic overload.

Getting To the Root Cause

In most of today’s modern medicine, the approach to healing disease is to kill or destroy the pathogens that live off the pollution in our bodies. This is generally accomplished by giving the unhealthy person pharmaceutical drugs which suppress the symptom; but, never really address the cause of the condition.

Alternative medicine thinking is where just the opposite is true. Our approach is to clean up the pollution so that the pathogens can’t survive in the first place. It is believed that if you take away a pathogens’ source of nourishment and then give the body the nutrients it needs to thrive; the pathogens can be destroyed with the right food intake, supplements and herbs. To me, that is a better choice.

Natural Detoxification

Our cells, through natural metabolic processes, are constantly producing waste products which must be removed from our system via our organs of elimination. Along with the natural waste created by healthy cells is the additional pollution we ingest and inhale due to the polluted conditions of our planet and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Thus, when our cells become overloaded with waste, they no longer function as they did when they were young. Rather they degenerate, slowly weaken; and thus, become more dysfunctional.

This is the theory behind the free radical concept of aging and disease that naturopathic functional medicine promotes. Certain foods can slow this process of aging/degeneration and other foods speed up the aging process. Because one of the liver’s main functions is to detoxify the body of these toxins/pollution, it is particularly vulnerable to the effects of our unhealthy lifestyle and poorly tolerated food, air and water.

How Does the Liver Work?

Under the microscope, the liver looks like a huge filter or sieve which is designed to remove all of the toxic matter such as dead cells, micro-organisms, hormones, chemicals, fat globules and sludge from the blood stream as it flows through the liver filter. As liver function and digestion/elimination are related, digestive problems can begin to occur with a dysfunctional liver.

If foods are left in the system too long, they begin to putrefy and can create excess mucous.  Certain foods such as:  milk products, sugar and wheat produce excess mucous normally. Mucous is a natural lubricant that is needed in the digestive tract; but, when there is too much of it, the entire digestive tract becomes coded in mucous which then can harden. This is actually called a mucoid plaque.

Bacteria, yeast and parasites live in this polluted mucous which causes the immune system to overload. The leaky gut syndrome develops when the digestive system degrades and allows partially digested food particles to escape in to the blood supply. Because the body does not recognize these partially digested food particles, it targets them as invaders which immobilize the immune system.

These partially digested food particles can migrate anywhere in the body. If they get into the joints, the immune system will attack them in the joints causing inflammation, and arthritis-like symptoms.  Overall, the constant bombardment of toxin overload within our body takes life and vitality out of our body and we can eventually begin developing symptoms as most individuals do.

The liver’s job is to clear toxins from the body with the help of the bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin. The liver can become overwhelmed with over 2000 different metabolic processes. When the liver does not have the extended resources to handle a toxin; that toxin then often ends up stored in the fat cells of our body. The fat cells swell up, water is retained to further buffer our body from these toxins and pretty soon, we are overweight, have high blood pressure and our doctors are telling us that our blood tests spell trouble.

Medications taken to solve these symptoms add to the stress on the liver (that’s why you have to get blood tests every 3 months) and it adds to the build-up in our systems because we fail to treat the cause of the problem. That is why it is important to  periodically detoxify the liver.

Here are some important health functions that are directly related to liver function:

  • Abnormal fat metabolism – elevated LDL, cholesterol and triglycerides are reduced HDL cholesterol which can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes and digestion problems such as:  indigestion, acid reflux, abdominal bloating, gallstones, constipation, irritable bowel and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Blood sugar problems such as sugar cravings, excess weight gain, inability to lose weight even while dieting and exercising and unstable blood sugar levels.
  • Nervous system problems such as depression, mood changes such as anger and irritability, poor thinking (foggy brain), recurrent headaches.
  • Immune system dysfunction including allergies whether they are sinus, hay fever, asthma or hives.
  • Multiple food and chemical sensitivities which include:  skin rashes, chronic fatigue syndrome and increase in recurrent infections, as well as hormonal imbalances, PMS, headaches associated with hormone changes.
  • Other signs of toxic build-up in the body include:  coated tongue, perpetual bad breath, excessive sweating, offensive body odor or dark circles under the eyes.

Your body is like a factory that is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! It needs maintenance! It needs help to clear out the mess; to sweep out the factory; to clean up the “machinery.” Commit to a solution with a good foundation for better health in 2015. Liver purification is a great start. Plan now to join us in March 2015 for our three week Liver Purification program, open to the public. For additional information, please call the office at (740) 687-0279.

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