When you visit a naturopath, a holistic doctor or a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, you will find that one of the first things they assess is the state of your liver.
Frankly, I think that liver health should always be considered, as poor liver function contributes to a great many chronic health problems. A healthy liver is a major element in overall health and wellbeing. It performs many vital functions that help keep your body system, organs and immune system properly nourished, able to resist disease, and in good repair.
• is the body’s major site for the processing proteins, fats and carbohydrates
• stores glycogen (chemical energy), vitamins A, B12, D, E and K, as well as the minerals, iron and copper
• detoxifies and processes all pollutants, infections agents (viruses, bacteria), food chemicals, and medicines as well as the body’s own wastes and hormones that would otherwise continue circulating in the blood. Your liver processes around 2 litres of blood every minute.
If your liver is overwhelmed by too many toxins, or unable to function properly due to disease, nutrient deficiencies, allergies or other factors, it can no longer carry out its essential detoxification and waste processes functions. Soon, the body is struggling to cope with accumulated toxins.
This in turn affects almost every other body organ and system as system pathways become overloaded or defective, leading to system wide inflammation, cellular death and immune dysfunction. Your body is thrown into a chronic state of alarm. Eventually, every body system can be affected – your cardiovascular system, skin, airways, nervous system, hormones and musculoskeletal system.
In most cases it is a relatively simple matter to restore the liver to health through a combination of natural therapies, including detoxification, nutrition, exercise and gut healing. How much easier, though, to prevent these problems in the first place!
If you are in poor health, not healing properly, or just not feeling as well as you should, ask your health practitioner about your liver. My patients find that by addressing liver health early on, they heal faster and better, and by continuing to support liver function with good food, exercise and natural detoxification, they can enjoy continued health, vitality and longevity.