Have you ever thought about the negative energy that anger and irritability create in the body? Believe me, these negative emotions have a direct impact on the health of your liver.
So, here’s a question for you: have you been feeling tired lately but don’t know how to get your energy back? Well, this is what you need to know. Your fatigue didn’t happen overnight and it’s not caused by just one thing.
It’s an accumulation of many small changes that have occurred over the course of your lifetime: another cup of coffee, an extra cookie, less sleep, and the list goes on.
Suddenly, you wake up one morning feeling dead tired. You’ve gained weight and can’t seem to shed those extra pounds. What’s happening?
For starters, you can safely assume that your liver is not working properly, and it’s affecting your energy level and mood.You see, the liver is an important organ of detoxification in the human body.
It breaks down and removes toxins and other substances that can damage body cells and tissues. But, when we’re inactive, the liver has a tendency to stagnate.
Liver stagnation is something we see quite often and can affect the body in many different ways. For example, a sluggish liver can cause irritability, digestive issues, skin problems, foggy thinking, and premenstrual symptoms for women, like breast tenderness, clotting, and cramping.
In addition, we know from traditional Chinese medicine that the liver and the gallbladder govern the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Liver blood nourishes these areas of the body; so when the liver is deficient, you can experience weakness and stiffness in those areas.
Proper liver support, cleansing, and detoxification are essential to prevent the detox pathways in your liver from becoming overloaded.
Remember that over 500 chemical and metabolic functions take place in the liver, so we need to take care of this major organ of detoxification. Plus, the liver slows down the aging process, so keeping it clean will help you feel younger and more energetic.
To improve the health of your liver, just follow these guidelines:
The flavor associated with the liver is sour; so, start your morning with freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water. This helps to cleanse the liver and promotes detoxification. It also stimulates bile production, cleanses the stomach, and stimulates bowel motions.
As you clean your system, you’ll bring your taste buds back to a normal, balanced state; and the need for excessively salty, fatty, or starchy foods will disappear. In a short period of time, by eating more simply, your palate will be highly satisfied. My program is designed to cleanse your liver as well.
Reduce your consumption of foods that contain preservatives and artificial chemicals,
Search around because at least 80 percent of the foods you currently eat could be replaced by food items that are free of artificial substances.
Increase your water intake to at least one-half gallon of pure water per day. An estimated 80 percent of North Americans walk around in a state of virtual dehydration. The color of your urine should range from clear to a light yellow. A dark yellow color indicates dehydration although your throat and mouth might feel just fine.
For every caffeinated drink, drink one more cup of water. This becomes even more important if you cleanse or exercise because the fat-soluble toxins that were stored in your fat cells are going to be released back into your system. Your liver will have to process these fat-soluble toxins and convert them into water-soluble products that your body can eliminate through bile and urine. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll slow down this process.
Increase your fiber intake. You need fiber to properly absorb bile; otherwise, the toxins in the bile can be reabsorbed back into your system. Additionally, fiber will help keep your colon clean and will help to lower your cholesterol; and it can reduce weight gain by giving you a feeling of fullness.
The chia seed is just perfect to help you with your battle. When water is added to them, they increase in size as the water forms a gel coating.This action makes you feel full so you won’t want to eat as much, and the effects can last for hours.
Eat plenty of fresh, lightly cooked, or raw vegetables, especially dark-green, leafy vegetables like parsley, kale, watercress, alfalfa sprouts and collard greens. They’re loaded with chlorophyll.
Cabbage Family Vegetables. These vegetables are also known as cruciferous vegetables and belong to the mustard or Brassica family. They include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens, watercress, cauliflower, kohlrabi, wasabi, bok choy, kale, and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables provide a rich source of vitamins, phytochemicals, and minerals, as well as fiber.
Plus, many have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-cancer properties that help to boost the immune system and keep you disease free. Many of the vegetables in the cabbage family also contain powerful detoxifying agents, so they're beneficial for cleansing the digestive system and the liver.
And, let's not forget that these vegetables are generally very low in fat and calories, so they're a great food to include in your weight loss/management program.
Take a good quality green powder because they usually contain lots of chlorophyll. I can’t say enough about green powder. It’s like taking a multivitamin. Not only that, but it’ll help to alkalize and energize the cells in your body and accelerate the cleansing process. Wheat or barley grass juice or powder, along with chlorella, spirulina or wild blue-green algae is useful to jump-start a sluggish liver.
Eat bitter foods. The bitterness of foods such as dandelion, arugula, endive, radicchio,
Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, which is made from crushed, fermented apples, contains high levels of potassium and other nutrients that make it a nutritional powerhouse. ACV is full of enzymes and good bacteria. It's amazing stuff with a myriad of health benefits. It can help you lose weight, combat fatigue, prevent leg cramps and night cramps, and so much more…Among its beneficial qualities, it cleanses the body by helping it to break down fat and mucous deposits stored in the body.
Plus, the pectin and amino acids in this vinegar help to balance cholesterol levels. Just a small amount of apple cider vinegar taken before a meal can help to improve your food digestion.
Avocado. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver to detoxify synthetic chemicals. It helps to lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione in their system were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis.
Beets. Beets contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb infection fighters, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making them excellent body cleansers.
Cilantro. This herb contains a wide variety of antioxidants, which makes it a great fighter of free radicals. It does a fantastic job detoxifying heavy metals from the body.
Add microgreens to your diet. If you’ve always thought of microgreens—those delicate, miniature leaves often used as a garnish on soups, sandwiches, and salads—as nothing more than cute, edible decor, well, join the club. But nutrition scientists actually discovered that these teensy plants (usually about two weeks old when they make it onto your plate), actually pack an impressive nutritional punch. A new study published
Fermented Food. The fermentation process allows bacteria, yeast, and molds to “predigest” food, breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to create probiotics, which introduce friendly bacteria into the digestive tract.
Fermented foods help to keep our immune systems strong and support our overall digestive health. Take a look at the following site to see how I make homemade sauerkraut
Ginger. This healing herb contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds that can effectively reduce joint pain and improve mobility in the body. It's also widely used to treat different types of stomach-related ailments including gas, diarrhea, upset stomach, motion sickness, and morning sickness.
Turmeric. This spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic food. It’s rich in manganese, iron, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber. Researchers have dubbed it a “super food” because of its many health benefits.
Cayenne. Many herbalists believe that cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom. It benefits not only the digestive system but also the heart and circulatory system. Cayenne acts as a catalyst that increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used in combination with them.
Seaweed: A dietary staple in many Asian countries, seaweeds-such as dulse, kelp, nori, wakame, and agar- are becoming popular with good reason. They are packed with minerals such as iodine, which aids in the production of thyroid hormone and regulates our metabolism, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The high mineral content can help to flush toxins from the body. Certain seaweeds, such as arame and hijiki have plenty of soluble fiber, which also promotes detoxification.
High Antioxidant Fruits. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries all contain antioxidants, which help to protect the liver from high levels of free radicals that are naturally produced during the process of detoxification.