|Our Marvelous Liver Our Marvelous Liver
By Pamela Alboher-Ray, Ph.D. Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Massage Therapist
The liver is one of the most complex, powerful and useful organ in the body. The liver’s importance in overall health and it’s physiology has long been recognized by experts. It is thought to be the seat of the soul, of love, of desire, and of courage. Certainly, it is true that vibrant health of both body and mind is only possible if the liver is functioning properly. The liver’s job is to help us cope with our complicated world. It helps us convert food into chemicals the body needs to sustain life and also helps detoxify poisonous substances. The Liver metabolizes hormones and fatty acids, stores blood, fat soluble vitamins, produces bile, and helps the body resist infection strengthening our immune system. The liver produces CoQ 10, which is so helpful for heart health (cholesterol lowering drugs deplete the body of CoQ10). Springtime is a very good time to focus on the liver as in Chinese Medicine this is the liver time.
Detoxification is very important to the Liver: Mini Cleanse 2-3 x yearly would be helpful. Consider 1 week each season to gently cleanse Liver
(North Star carries some nice boxed cleanses that are 14-28 days and easy to implement in our busy lives: Cleanse Smart, Easy Cleanse, and Total Body Cleanse are all boxed cleaning programs that work very well. Foods that Nourish Liver: Beets, Lemons, Beet Greens, Apples, Parsley ( easy to grow and then you have greens all summer!!), Lecithin, Nettle Tea, Peppermint Tea, Garlic and Onion, Dandelion Greens, Veggie Soup, Garlic, cold pressed Olive Oil, Asparagus, Green veggies of any kind (Kale very good and supportive in any form, raw, cooked, or juiced). Tumeric: open 2 -3 caps and put in food or just swallow them. My favorite brand and the one I take is the Premier Brand.
An Apple a day does keep the doctor away in all seasons!
When the liver is Happy:
The thyroid function improves, digestion is good, sugar metabolism is working, hormones are in balance and relaying properly, we can fall asleep, stay asleep and awake refreshed, enjoy pain free movement, joints are happy and we are happy and joy-filled.
Kale, Spinach, parsley greens in Smoothies or Steamed
Nutrients that support liver function: Alpha Lipoic Acid, ( 300mg caps 1-2 per day ), Reishi Mushroom, (Reishi Complex
, and ImmunoVen Complex
by Premier both contain Reshi) Tumeric,
Co Q 10, Energizing Iron (liquid liver with B12), Vitamin B complex ( 50 mg of each, and, Dandelion Root, Greens (Powder or caps or liquid), Milk Thistle, Xeno Complex
( herbs to detox estrogens out). Phosphoditidal Choline (1200mg daily), MSM (form of sulfer), Cell Salt #11 Nat Sulph, NAC, Magnesium Glycinate, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Selenium, For Infection: Allicidin (garlic)
Blood Sugar Manager, has good support for liver including alpha lipoic acid.
Liver Helpers: Castor Oil Packs
on abdomen, Coffee Enemas, Pressure Points, Liv 3 and GB41 on top of foot, GB 20 in back of neck under Skull (go to yingyanghouse.com
to find point locations), Shouting, Patting Liver Daily, Smiling down to liver, reviewing body care products for chemicals, Gall Bladder Flush, See book “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse” by Andreas Moritz (14.95 at North Star). Especially check deodorants (avoid aluminum and alum). We have a nice selection at North Star. Exercise regularly.
Signs of Diminished Liver Function:
Anger/agitation/frustration/resentment, pencil size stools, stools that float, clay colored stools, burping bitter taste (Bile), yellow cast in skin /eyes, furrow between eyebrows, headaches, PMS, menopause symptoms, high liver enzymes in blood chemistry, swelling in joints, nausea, thyroid symptoms, skin rashes, including psoriasis, anorexia, sore muscles, prolonged flu symptoms can be liver function, nail health, eye health, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. Liver Destroyers: rancid oils, constipation, cooked fats (fried foods), alcohol consumption, cholesterol lowering meds, pesticides, herbicides, estrogen, parasites/flukes, chemicals in food, water, body care products, Tylenol, long term caffeine intake, exposure to solvents (nail polish cleaning products etc), Diet sodas, artificial sweeteners, too high protein or too high fat or high sugar, or high processed food diet, and, Hepatitis. Avoid caffeine in high quantities, and too much refined salt. Try Pink Salt
Master Cleanser: Great Book, I have recommended this cleanse for 4 decades: read the book and consider 1 - 7 days on this cleanse. Start with ½ day. You can also add 1 quart of lemonade to your diet: 8-10 Medium fresh lemons or limes, 8-10 oz Maple Syrup (Dark A), Dash of Cayenne Pepper. 1 gallon Purified H20. Pour out approximately 16 oz of the purified water to make room for the maple syrup and lemon juice (the lemons will yield about 8-10 oz of juice). Add about an equal amount of maple syrup to the lemon juice. You may decrease the amount of maple syrup according to your taste. Add your dash of cayenne pepper, refrigerate and ENJOY! This lemonade can be served warm or cool and is great with meals or as a snack all year round. Refrigerated lemonade will last 2-3 days. Opened maple syrup should be refrigerated. Variations For electrolyte replacement before athletic training or in hot weather: Add per quart of lemonade:1-2 packets Emergen-C and ¼ tsp low sodium concentrate (Concentrace Trace Mineral drops
) You can freeze any leftover lemonade into ice cubes and use in a thermos to help stay cool during the hot summer months.
For a single serving: 10 oz Purified H20 Juice from ½ fresh lemon or lime 1-2 Tb Maple Syrup (to taste) Partial dash of Cayenne pepper (to taste) Add together, mix in water, warm or cool. North Star Health carries all these products in our store and some are online. Spring Bliss
Healthy Menu Planning is Vital, (Make improvements each week), Listen to your
body, it is always talking to you. Review supplements, and exercise plans
seasonally. We need rest, relaxation, passion for our work, and our higher aspiration
of generating love.
North Star Shopping List: Foods: Coconut Oil, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, Plant
Fusion: rice/pea protein, local unheated honey, maple syrup, stevia, flax seed, flax oil, Himalayan Pink
Salt (air dried with no heavy metals), apple cider vinegar, Tuna (clean) Nutritional food yeast high in protein, BCAAs,
rich in B vitamins, rich in glutathione, rich in trace minerals, rich in Beta
1,3 Glucans (mixes easily in water or can be added to vegetables or popcorn),
local bee pollen, Calm Powder (magnesium), Agrisept liquid, Oatstraw Tea,
Nettle Tea, Essential Oils:
Helpful Spring Helpers: Mental sharp
blend, peppermint, rosemary. Put on a cotton ball and keep in your pocket to
Local Grocery List Kale,
garlic, Bananas, apples, cinnamon, Rice milk or Almond milk ( get the lowest
ones in sugar), frozen fruit for smoothies, Quinoa, Olive oil, lemons, bell
peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, parsley, lemon. asparagus. onions, parsley, celery, carrots, lettuce,
hommus, Apples, blueberry, raspberry, cherries, cranberry, lemons, pineapple,
pears, pomegranate, prunes.
Greens: Beet greens, endive, butterhead, chicory, collards,
dandelion leaves, escarole, kale, loose leaf lettuce, mustard and turnip
greens, parsley, romaine, sorrel, spinach, swiss chard, watercress.
Sea Vegetables. Superior
nutritional content of minerals.
arame, bladderwarack, dulse, hijiki, kelp, kombu, nori, spirulina, and
wakame. Soak first and Add to soups and
salads or other vegetables. Very high mineral content.
Oils. (1 serving is 1 tbs.) Coconut, Olive, and flax. Use unheated. Can
also use 1 tsp to oil pull for mouth & teeth health.
Fiber. Psyillum, Flax meal 1-2 tbs mixed in water
Fish (high source of
Omega-3 fatty acids). Pick from: Norway sardines, albacore tuna, wild
caught salmon, haddock are good choices. Please bake or steam or broil. Pick from deep
sea fish and wild caught rather than farm raised.
Beverages: Purified Water 8oz every hour. RO (Reverse Osmosis) water is a good choice. Add fresh squeezed lemon to water. Fresh Juices of vegetables like kale,
cucumber, lemon, celery with a small amount of carrot, beet and apple, and sip
(Use pulp to make soup. (make 8 oz and sip all day).
BASIC VEGETABLE SOUP
3 carrots, 3 potatoes, 2 medium heads of broccoli,
1 medium onion chopped, 4 stalks celery, 1 small head red cabbage , 1/4 bunch
parsley, 1tb soaked sea vegetable (Arame, Kombu, or Hiziki), 1/4 tsp. each
dulse and kelp powder, filtered water, or tomato/v-8 juice and cook (simmer)
until tender. 45-60 minutes. Add any herbs and spices to taste, including
cayenne pepper. Make a large pot to
enjoy throughout the week.
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and request a free food mood diet log sheet to work with.
North Star Health Center
Pamela Alboher-Ray, Ph.D., Certified Clinical Nutritionist
8619 East 116th Street Fishers, IN 46038
Serving the Indianapolis and Fishers Community since 1974