Why you want to be a member of the "LLC" (the Liver Lovers Club).
Every 90 days, a new blood stream is built in your body by the food you eat, the liquid you drink, the air you breathe, and the thoughts you think. Every cell in the body is nourished by the blood, which does 3 things: First, it nourishes the cells. Second, carries away the waste products, and third, replaces worn out parts. Every day, millions of cells die and are replaced by this nourishment. Every 11 months, a new set of billions of cells are created. Every 7 years, we get an entirely new set of bones and hard tissue. The body is self-healing and self-repairing. Before you eat or drink ANYTHING, ask yourself this question:" Is this going to build my blood stream or help destroy it?" What you eat today, will be walking and talking tomorrow. This is a powerful statement and should evoke some sort of primal urge to want to do better than in the past or present.
Since the blood is critical in the liver's function. We could say that the liver is critical in your bloods health. One needs the other to survive. If the liver cannot do it's job properly, the cells, in your body, will be grossly malnourished and their toxins will not be properly removed, because the blood filtering actions of the liver will be compromised. Optimal nutrition is a function, not just of what we eat and digest, but of how well the liver bio-transforms incoming food nutrients into forms that the bloodstream can transport to all the body's cells, and that the cells can use to perform their metabolic functions.
Here are some key liver functions, but keep in mind that these functions are only a fraction of the thousands of daily chores that our liver performs every day!
1. The liver converts the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4) into its more active form tri-iodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones act as the body's thermostat, regulating the rate at which virtually all biochemical reactions occur in the body.
2. The liver creates Glucose Tolerance Factor (GFT) from chromium, niacin and possibly glutathione. GFT is needed for the hormone insulin to properly regulate blood-sugar levels.
3. The liver manufactures bile salts. These are used to emulsify fats and fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K) for proper digestive absorption.
4. The liver activates B vitamins into their biologically active coenzyme forms. The plant vitamin A precursor beta carotene must be turned into real vitamin A. Other nutrients, such as iron and copper, must be changed by the liver into their appropriate bloodstream transport or storage forms. Virtually every nutrient, whether it be vitamin, mineral, amino acid, must be bio transformed into its proper biochemical form in which the nutrient may be stored, transported or used in cellular metabolism. If the liver does not properly activate nutrients into their bioactive forms, then even the most well-absorbed, high potency, broad spectrum supplement will be useless at best and possibly even mildly toxic. The forms in which nutrients are found in supplements and foods are NOT the final, active biochemical forms used by the cells. And even if you do get the active coenzyme form of a nutrient from a food or supplement, it will usually be broken down during digestion. So there's no getting around the critical role of the liver in bio-activating the nutrients we get from foods or supplements.
5. The liver stores various nutrients, especially A, D, B12 and iron, for release as needed.
6. The liver manufactures carnitine from lysine and other nutrients. Carnitine is the only known bio-nutrient which can "escort" fats into the mitochondria, where the fats may be "burned" to generate ATP bio-energy. The mitochondria are microscopic "power plants" found in each of the body's 50 trillion cells - as many as 1000 per cell! These mitochondria generate 90% of the ATP bio-energy that powers every aspect of our life at the cellular level. The heart muscle "burns" fats to make ATP almost exclusively, and is extremely sensitive to cellular carnitine deficits.
7. The liver converts lactic acid from a toxic waste to an important storage fuel.
8. The liver serves as the main glucose buffer, preventing high or low extremes of blood sugar. It is the key regulator of blood sugar between meals, due to its manufacture, storage and release of glycogen.
9. The liver can make glucose from dietary or body-derived amino acids. This ensures adequate brain and muscle carbohydrate fuel supplies even when the diet provides little or no carbohydrates.
10. The liver is the chief regulator of protein metabolism. It converts different amino acids into each other as needed.
11. The liver produces cholesterol and packages it into different forms for blood transport : HDL, LDL, VLDL. Essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, GLA, EPA, and DHA, must also be properly packaged by the liver.
12. The liver is the main poison-detoxifying organ in the body. It must break down virtually everything toxic to the body - from metabolic wastes, to insecticide residues, drugs, alcohol and industrial and food processing chemicals, etc. Failure of this liver function will usually cause death in twelve to twenty-four hours. The liver uses a relatively small number of enzyme-systems to detoxify the 10,000 or more chemicals polluting modern food, air, and water.
13. The liver must dispose of ammonia, an extremely toxic by-product of protein metabolism. The amino acids arginine and orthinine are used by the liver to control ammonia levels. Ammonia can cause brain irritation and even death, at surprisingly low levels.
14. The liver is the main organ for breaking down hormones after they have served their messenger function to their target cells. For example, if the liver does not break down insulin quickly enough, hypoglycemia results as the still circulating insulin continues to lower blood sugar. If the liver does not metabolize estrogen properly, PMS will result. Failure to dispose of adrenaline (the "fight" or "flight" hormone) after it has outlived its usefulness may lead to chronic irritability and temper explosions.
Taking care of your liver should not be a one time deal, or a once a year deal. As you just read, the liver does some very important jobs, to say the least. So if the liver is left overburdened for too long, disease will take host in your body. I am sure that no one truly wants DIS-EASE in our lives.
Remember that your liver is responsible for phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification. When we cannot process phase 2 detoxification, we become more susceptible to inflammatory disease like: Cancer, Parkinson's, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, Lupus and Immune dysfunctions So it is important to go through phase 2 detoxification as fast as possible. But remember that bowel cleansing should be the first cleanse we should do in order to effectively cleanse the liver, the kidneys, and the rest.
Toxins, whether they are in the blood from our environment or in the lymph system from ingesting these toxins, goes through the liver. Because we are exposed to so much toxicity, our body forms acid. When we become acidic, we become diseased. When acid is formed and is in our blood, it has to get out of there. And the one major reason why it has to do so is, if it stays in your blood you will die. So the body removes this acidity from our blood by two different ways. It puts it in tissues and now we have chronic inflamed tissues. The second way is by having the acidity eating the minerals in our body, in particular CALCIUM! The reason it can do this is because the body can deal with NOT walking, but cannot deal with acid in it's blood! So it will keep pulling calcium out of your bones in order to neutralize the acid in the blood.
The skin is the organ of last resort for removing toxicity from our system. This means that if you have a plugged liver, a congested kidney, an inflamed colon, you will start getting skin conditions through the sweat glands. The sweat glands can effectively remove water soluble toxins by creating a fever, and reduces the load on the kidneys. Oil ducts can eliminate fat soluble toxins, this will generally create blemishes, itching and rashes. So by examining this last statement we conclude that people that sweat profusely have a lot of kidney stress and people that have excessively oily skin, acne, and rashes have problems removing fat soluble toxins from there body, through the bowel.
When we decide to cleanse our body, one of the very best ways is by nutrition, which will provide a detoxifying function while giving nutritional support to our core. This is why products like Balance Complete and Ningxia Red offer so much good nutrition to the cells and promote a natural and active cleanse within the body. Without a properly working liver you will never have good health.
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