Love Your Liver

lov ur liver

Hey Beloved!

Do you find yourself smiling when you see all of the new buds and flowers on the plants and trees? The reawakening of brown, seeming dead branches, now blooming with greens, yellows and pinks…

Yeah, me too!

I am so excited to embrace all that this season of revitalization has to offer! Not only is it the season of nature’s reawakening, but based on Chinese Medicine, Spring is the best season to cleanse and reinforce the liver, and I look forward to reaping all of the benefits of getting my body up to speed, with the upcoming liver cleanse!

Revitalize with the SENSE-ational Spring Cleanse. It kicks off with an information packed webinar.

SO, WHY IS A LIVER CLEANSE NECESSARY?

Well, for starters, your liver is a powerhouse of activity and processing.

As the biggest internal organ in your body, it’s size matches its importance. You can consider the liver as a gatekeeper for your entire system, because, when working optimally, it filters all the toxins and foreign substances from the blood, breaks them down and then kicks them out.

Interestingly, some of the most toxic substances that your liver protects you from, are produced right within your body! These include excess hormones (which could impair reproductive functions and fertility) and neurotransmitters (think foggy brain). Other toxic substances can be introduced from the environment, through eating, breathing and even from what you put on your skin.

The liver works every second of every day, keeping toxic substances in check. Keep in mind, that anything that affects the liver also influences other body systems, so now is the perfect time to show it some love.

Check out three ways that the liver impacts your reproductive, digestion and mental health. 

Your liver and your reproductive/fertility health:

The liver plays a vital role in regulating the amount of sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, is in our blood.  These hormones are key factors in our reproductive health, but in excessive amounts, they can throw of the delicate hormonal harmony, necessary for optimal reproductive and fertility health.  

For men, impaired liver function provides opportunity for excess testosterone to be converted to estrogen. While men normally have estrogen, the excess amounts can effect sexual function and body development.  Women with overtaxed livers also see spikes in their estrogen levels. These increased levels have been tied to fertility challenges and cancers of the reproductive system.

The liver and your digestive health:

The liver secretes enzymes and hormones that are critical for metabolism. Every time you eat, your liver is activated to produce enzymes that will break that food down into smaller particles that can easily move through your gastrointestinal tract and be absorbed into your blood stream to feed your cells.

Each macronutrient (Carbs, Fats and Proteins) requires a different action from the liver. Just think about how hard your liver is working everyday to keep up with your intake! 

Carbohydrate digestion & your liver:

Carbs are divided into glucose in the digestive tract. These smaller sugar molecules then move into your bloodstream and serve as your body’s primary source of energy. All blood then moves to the liver to be filtered. Any excess glucose, not used for immediate energy, is stored as glycogen in the liver, kind of like a “Stop n Store” facility. When needed, the liver can convert the stored energy source, from glycogen back to glucose.

Protein digestion and your liver:

Protein is primarily broken down in your stomach and the small intestine. The end products are amino acids and other byproducts that are converted into enzymes by the liver. These enzymes are responsible for the efficient choreography of other chemical transformations that occur in the body.

Fat digestion and your liver:
The breakdown of your dietary fat depends on the bile created by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. The liver manages fat levels in the blood all day long. Dietary cholesterol and triglycerides are absorbed into the bloodstream and processed by the liver for delivery to the cells.

The liver and your mental health:

If there is impairment of liver function, ammonia, a by-product of protein digestion, can accumulate in the blood system and pass through to the brain. The resulting accumalation of ammonia in the brain could result in a form of brain damage, called Hepatic encephalopathy. Symptoms include behavior changes, confusion, a change in sleep patterns (night-day reversal is common) poor judgment and slow speech and movement. A hand flapping movement called asterixis or trembling hands can occur, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Depression and anxiety are also common side effects. Hepatic encephalopathy can progress to coma and death.

Natural detoxification and digestion are only some of the jobs of this multitasking organ! It stands to reason that at least once a year you need to pamper your liver.

Love it.

Give it some extra attention. Say thank you to your liver for all that it does for you.

Unfortunately your liver won’t appreciate a simple Hallmark card.

What it will most appreciate is a vacation…A vacation that includes time away from some of its usual workload, delicious healing food, and some much needed pampering daily massages.

Doesn’t that sound good?

I love the idea of a liver massage as much as my liver appreciates the loving. It’s gentle and effective and anyone, any age, can do it. All that’s needed is some castor oil, cotton cloths, a hot water bottle and some time for self care. In fact, I may have to start before we kick into cleansing gear. This protocol of massaging and oiling the liver is called a castor oil pack. It’s a great way to love your liver and boost its productivity.

Castor oil Massage:

The liver region is located beneath the right rib cage. Applying a castor oil pack to this area, allows the oil to penetrate the skin, increasing the circulation, promoting elimination and enhancing the healing and revitalization of the cells beneath the surface. It’s remarkably effective, if not a little sticky.

This week I invite you to give it a try. All you need is some castor oil, an old washcloth and a hot water bottle. It’s a perfect way to love your liver and yourself.

You both deserve to get a little wrapped up in the love this spring. And if you’d like some further liver loving, then the SENSE-ational Spring Cleanse, is an optimal way to step into appreciation. . . appreciation of delicious seasonal foods, appreciation of the power of community healing, appreciation of your self and particularly appreciation of your liver.

I am looking forward to my liver vacation. I hope you’ll join me!

Make it a great day, and pass it on!

Janiele <3

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