Liver & Gallbladder Cleansing
I don’t think anyone really knows how many functions the liver performs on a day-to-day basis: anywhere from 190 on up, depending on what book you read. Just a few of the liver’s major functions, include the breakdown of every carbohydrate, protein, and fat entering the body; the detoxification of all poisons; the breakdown of all hormone residues; and the arranging and rearranging of proteins into amino acids and amino acids into proteins.
The liver can become congested from an intake of toxic and fatty foods, overindulgence of alcohol and drugs, overeating, constipation, and physical and emotional trauma. How do you know if your liver is sluggish? And what do you do about it?
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The Importance of the Liver
I don’t think anyone really knows how many functions the liver performs on a day-to-day basis: anywhere from 190 on up,
depending on what book you read. A few of the liver’s major functions includes the breakdown of every carbohydrate, protein, and fat entering the body; the detoxification of all poisons; the breakdown of all hormone residues; and the arranging and rearranging of proteins into amino acids and amino acids into proteins.
Chinese medicine treats the liver and gallbladder as one unit, as they work together to process and emulsify fats. The liver is considered a vital organ—we simply could not survive without it. In Western medicine, the gallbladder is regarded as expendable, as many doctors quickly remove it when it becomes clogged with stones, which are small, hard, pathological constructs composed chiefly of cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigment formed in the gallbladder or bile duct.
The Peptide Bond
(a) The primary structure is the sequence of amino acids that make up the
(b) The secondary structure, which can take the form of an alpha-helix or a beta-pleated sheet, is maintained by hydrogen bonds between amino acids in different regions of the original polypeptide strand. (c) The tertiary structure occurs as a result of further folding and bonding of the secondary structure. (d) The quaternary structure occurs as a result of interactions between two or more tertiary subunits. The example shown here is
hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells which transports oxygen to body tissues.
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The Path to the Liver
It takes the entire digestive tract from the mouth to the small intestine to break down and separate food into its nutrient constituents:
proteins, carbohydrates and fats. These get routed to the liver, where they’re disassembled and reassembled into forms the body can utilize in the production of energy and the replacement of tissue.
The liver can become congested from an intake of toxic and fatty foods, overindulgence of alcohol and drugs, overeating, constipation, and physical and emotional trauma. A liver that can’t clear its own wastes will quickly bloat, harden and swell from the accumulation of stuck toxic substances.
The Sluggish Liver
How do you know if your liver is sluggish? Start with the shape of the gut. A bloated gut is a sure sign of a sluggish liver, poor dietary habits,
possible digestive problems, and toxicity in the small and large intestines. Elevated liver enzymes, as determined from blood tests, are an indication of a malfunctioning liver under stress.
Most Americans older than forty have sluggish livers, especially if they drink alcohol regularly. Fat (cholesterol) and metal (calcium) combine to form globules that clog the liver and gallbladder. As a general rule, stones in the liver mean that there are stones in the gallbladder, but stones in the gallbladder do not necessarily mean that there are stones in the liver.
Slug Arion Vulgaris
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Fortunately the liver is a resilient organ that can regenerate itself if its host changes the eating and lifestyle habits that created the problem.
If you are a newcomer to living a healthy lifestyle, I suggest you consult with a nutritionally oriented doctor who will test your blood chemistries for imbalances, analyze your food allergies (most people have them), and run urine and hair tests for metabolic errors and heavy-metal levels. These tests will provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your health status, a profile of your specific health challenges and a protocol for addressing them. You will probably have to pay cash for these tests, but they aren’t prohibitively expensive and they will provide a reliable laboratory record of your progress.
The liver processes toxins. Alcohol, allopathic medications, heavy metals, chemical residues and inhalants from tens of thousands of industrial and petrochemical products
stress the liver from the moment we come into life, including the time spent in the womb. Add to this toxic soup our cultural tendency to overeat, which overloads the bloodstream with fat and glucose, and the liver stresses even further. Nonalcoholic liver cirrhosis is becoming more frequent in our culture.
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The Yankee Stadium Measure
Never in human history has the liver been required to perform more work, and the strain is evident in the girth of our citizenry.
Americans are among the fattest on the planet. As a fitting testimony to our cultural weight gain during the twentieth century, the architects who refurbished Yankee Stadium in 1980 reduced the number of seats from 65,000 to 55,000 to accommodate the four-inch expansion in the American derriere since the stadium had been originally built in 1920.
Statistics tell us we’re living longer—but are we living better? Today heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
account for more than 80 per cent of deaths in the United States, versus 12 per cent in 1900, and many Americans die broke, mostly from health-care costs. These four conditions involve a buildup of toxins somewhere in the body—arterial plaque for heart disease, tumors in cancer, glycation in diabetes, and amyloid plaque in Alzheimer’s disease—that ongoing detoxification protocols can probably eliminate if begun while the body is still in decent health.
Since toxic accumulation accompanies most diseases, it appears that eating a healthy diet and periodically detoxifying the body will greatly reduce the incidence of chronic degenerative disease and increase healthy life span.
The Healthy Diet
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The Organ Of Anger
Chinese medicine recognizes the role of emotions in the health of the body. According to teachings that have survived for more than 2,500 years,
grief is held in the lungs, anger in the liver, fear in the kidneys, worry in the stomach and joy in the heart. Obviously, the greater the intensity of an emotion, the greater the amount of stress in its corresponding organ.
Angry individuals who transcribe these emotion-organ links to physical events will likely experience liver problems over the course of their lives, because any deviation in liver chemistries will only increase the amount of toxic by-products the body must process.
My research has shown that an angry person is more likely to be attracted to cigarettes, alcohol and drugs—poisons that might neutralize the emotional pain but that add to the body’s
Liver Cleanse & Gallbladder Flush
This flush takes five days.
1) For each day, do a half-hour castor-oil pack treatment on the liver as follows: cut a piece of chamois of sufficient size to cover the entire liver, which extends from the centre of the body to its right edge. Cover the chamois with a thin layer of castor oil and place it over the liver. Cover the chamois with a strip of wax paper, and place a heating pad set to medium heat over the wax paper. Lie down and turn the pad on for thirty minutes as you maintain a stationary position.
2.) Consume only raw salads and fresh vegetables or low-glycemic fruit and vegetable juices throughout the entire five-day period. Each day drink several glasses of filtered water with the juice from a lemon wedge.
Liver Cleanse & Gallbladder Flush (Cont.)
3.) Shortly before bedtime on the evening of the fifth day, drink eight ounces of virgin olive oil combined with juice from four or five whole lemons. Lie in bed on your right side, knees pulled up in the fetal position for at least thirty minutes. Go to sleep. You will probably awaken in the middle of the night for one heck of a malodorous bowel movement. That odour and the strange objects you will view in the bowl are the toxins and gallstones the flush has removed from your body.
Ideally, you should do this cleanse twice a year.
This article was excerpted from Robert E. Moroney’s book Total Body Detoxification: The Way to Healthy Aging. Copyright © 2014
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