Take Care: Your Diet & Your Liver

Truly, we need to be careful what we choose to eat as our health depends largely on what our liver ends up having to process.

The liver is the major organ of detoxification, and also the most stressed by our modern lifestyle. One cannot live long without the heart, brain, kidneys, or pancreas, yet it is proper liver function which prevents these organs from becoming diseased. Here, in addition to metabolic wastes, is where environmental contaminants, food additives, and all other chemical pollutants are removed from the body. You should be as much or more concerned about the condition of your liver as about the condition of your heart. If you have had hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, infectious mononucleosis, or other liver damage, you should become very protective of this vital organ. The intake of anything that places undue stress on the liver should be eliminated entirely. Such a list would include chemicals of any kind; drugs; synthetic foods; artificial food additives, such as flavorings, colorings, preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, sweeteners; alcoholic beverages; carbonated beverages; hair sprays; chemical deodorants; reheated vegetable oils used in frying; commercial pastries; and most fast foods. (Bold mine) [One Answer to Cancer, 33]

Our liver multi-tasks: metabolizes essential fats (cholesterol, triglycerides, lipoproteins) and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and lecithin; synthesizes necessary blood proteins; breaks down and eliminates most drugs and environmental poisons; and last but not the least, secretes the all-important bile which is crucial, not only to the proper digestion and assimilation of fats, but also as a carrier for all liver wastes.

When a meal is eaten, especially if it contains some fats or oils, the gall bladder is stimulated to contract and should freely expel its contents into the small intestine to emulsify fatty nutrients for proper absorption, and to allow poisonous wastes the liver has removed from the body to be eliminated through the intestines.

Many people living in our society today, even those in their teens, fail to have free, unobstructed flow of bile from the liver and gall bladder in response to food entering the small intestine. Eating refined or processed foods, eating fresh food which is mineral deficient because it is grown on depleted or chemically treated soil, lack of regular vigorous exercise, stress, multiple distractions during meals, and many other unnatural aspects of our lifestyle have combined to alter the chemistry of bile so that formation of solid particles from bile components is a commonplace occurrence.  (Bold mine) These solid particles remain in the gall bladder or base of the liver for many years and become progressively harder, sometimes calcifying into “gallstones.” Long before this occurs, however, metabolic problems are under way. When a significant number of solid particles accumulate, the free flow of the gallbladder is diminished, causing progressive stagnation and congestion of the liver. The body begins to suffer the effects of poor assimilation of fat-soluble nutrients, which may play a role in the development of eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, falling hair, tendonitis, night blindness, accumulation of calcium in tissues, and sometimes, prostrate enlargement in men. Hemorrhoids due to blockage of the portal vein draining the liver are often the result of the congestion. [OAC, 33-34]

Dr Kelley cautions that peroxides and free radicals are created when processed vegetable oils are reheated and re-used, and suggests that one is better off sautéing with unrefined oils or butter.

Wary of chemical or artificial ingredients, as I have found that they are practically in most everything, I take the time to read the small print on product labels. All those bottled and canned foods, the ever-popular hotdogs and processed meats, milk, breads, cakes, and snacks—they all cannot just stay “fresh” on grocery shelves for weeks, or months on end, were it not for all those chemicals! Synthetic preservatives and additives are widely used in the manufacture or production of goods, not only in foods, but also in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, repellants, even in anti-bacterials! It is worrisome how they pose risks to unsuspecting consumers, and worse, to our innocent babies and children. I am appalled at how audio-visual commercials use celebrity endorsers to target our impressionable children, as well as us busy parents who, burdened with household chores on top of eking out a living, are such easy and gullible victims of the marketing hard-sell.

Scientific studies have linked the effects of chemical ingredients in our everyday products to a wide range of health problems. What is really bothersome is how I see a lot more children who are autistic and with ADHD, children suffering from asthma and allergies, and children afflicted or dying from leukemia, brain and nervous system tumors, and bone cancer among others.

Now more aware of what may cause a wide range of health problems, I make sure that what I buy with our hard-earned monies will be kind to the liver. I make it a point to familiarize myself with ALL the products I buy. I check them all out, keeping in mind that anything eaten, applied, massaged, used or sprayed on or around oneself is absorbed, go deep into one’s system, and stays in one’s body longer than one thinks they do!

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