The liver is an essential organ in the process of detoxification and synthesis of hormones, having hundreds of critical functions. It is the “blood purifier”, filtering toxins, synthesizing bile, cholesterol and amino acids. Every 3 minutes the liver filters all the blood from the body!
Liver health and function can be altered by a variety of factors, including: drugs (up to 900 drugs are responsible for liver toxicity), alcohol, excessive caffeine consumption, insufficient protein, dehydration, toxicity with heavy metals and other chemicals, and insufficient rest.
Below I present three essential steps that will ensure a healthy liver and help you to get rid of many negative symptoms that you may experience.
1. Properly Assessing Liver Health Status.
Have you been told that your test results are normal but you still feel unwell? Blood tests provide valuable information about a person’s health, as long as their interpretation is performed functionally. But the reference range of laboratories are actually statistical averages. Each lab sets the reference range for each particular test based upon a percentage of people who have taken the test. Different laboratories use different reference ranges and they rely on a bell curve model to determine these. The standard is to establish a mean and then set two deviations, one above and one below the mean. This reference range will expand over time as patients get sicker and sicker.
This “mean”, however, does not mean health. These are not optimal parameters to assess your health status. From a functional perspective, the optimal values of each marker are analyzed. The functional interpretation of blood tests is not aimed at identifying, diagnosing and treating diseases, but at maintaining and identifying health, or improving body functions.
The following markers in the blood test are needed to properly analyze the health of the liver: GGT, AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, LDH, bilirubin, albumin and triglycerides.
In my practice I do NOT interpret blood analysis to diagnose and / or treat disease, but to detect trends, imbalances, deficiencies, congestion, infections and inflammation and find with the help of other complementary tests (hair analysis, Metabolic Typing test, gastrointestinal screening, etc.) the most suitable and personalized solution for regaining health and biochemical balance for you.
2. Eat Highly Nutritive Foods to Keep Your Liver Healthy.
The best detoxification that an individual can do is to follow a diet that fits his unique metabolism, which respects the individual genetic and nutritional requirements. This is the most important action that will lead to the balancing of individual biochemistry, the reversal of diseases and the maintenance of ways to eliminate toxins long term.
Thus, depending on the right diet for each person and their health profile, it is essential to constantly consume foods with strong detoxifying effects such as: beets, for betaine content, garlic, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, carrots, artichoke, kale, black and white radish, ginger, arugula, dandelion, turmeric.
I recommend the beet juice recipe below to be drunk after a main meal or between meals. Protein types (as per Metabolic Typing) might feel better if they drink this juice after a meal or mixed with a source of fat, (such as a tablespoon of coconut oil, or 1/2 cup of raw milk, or coconut milk, or coconut cream).
This detoxifying juice can produce quite profound effects, especially in people with a high level of toxicity. Consume only every few days, carefully observing the reactions that the body transmits. If adverse reactions occur, consume it diluted with water and with a lower frequency and / or not on an empty stomach.
You can also enjoy beets in a delicious salad, like the one below!
3. Consume Detoxifying Nutrients and Use Appropriate Methods to Detoxify the Liver.
Many people may be deficient in lipotropic nutrients due to poor nutrition. The amino acid methionine is essential for detoxifying the liver, regulating excess estrogen and detoxifying heavy metals and chemicals. L-methionine is needed for the bio-synthesis of other important amino acids such as taurine, cysteine and carnitine. Methionine is mainly found in foods of animal origin, but is destroyed when they are cooked at too high temperatures.
TUDCA provides support for liver tissue mitochondria, reduces liver enzymes, triglycerides and helps heal the bile duct – liver.
Choline and inositol are lipotropic B vitamins, with the ability to mobilize liver fat. Choline is needed in the synthesis of phospholipids, which are essential structural components for all cell membranes in the body. Inositol also plays an important role in fat metabolism and liver detoxification.
Betaine, a lipotropic nutrient found in high concentrations in foods such as beets, has a strong effect in detoxifying the liver.
Nutritional supplements containing alpha lipoic acid, L-glutamine, L-glycine, N-acetyl-cysteine, vitamin C, cordyceps, milk thistle, artichoke leaf and dandelion have strong effects on the production of glutathione, which is one of the most important components in detoxification phase 1 and 2.
Also, one of the most effective, practical and economical detoxification methods is the coffee enema, used since ancient times! It can be performed daily during intense detoxification processes, or 1-2 times a week, for maintenance. This is an excellent aid in the liver detoxification processes, as well as in the functions of elimination and cleansing of the colon, contributes to the relief of fatigue, depression, irritability, facilitates bile circulation, increases the activity of glutathione in the liver and helps eliminate pathogens that infest the colon (fungi, parasites, bacteria).