The Workhorse of the body
Our liver is truly amazing. Responsible for many actions and duties in the body, it has plus minus 500 items on its to-do list. What we are interested in is it's role in hormone levels ie, insulin as well as it's role in blood pressure, toxin control, digestion and handling nutrients.
At the end of the day, it is very important to have a healthy liver, so it can perform it's to-do list at full capacity. Think of the liver as a mega factory. This factory has many rooms (cells). In each room it’s able to do it's functions. The more rooms that are open the more work it can handle at once. Now if the factory is sick and not running with all the rooms open, it can still do the same tasks, it just can't handle as much at a time. It bottle necks and causes a backlog.
A liver that is running at 50% can only handle 50% of the work load. It will get through everything, it will just take longer. The other thing that makes the liver a super organ, a real marvel, is that it will only let you know that it's battling when it's 80% - 90% closed down. It's then that the “bad” obvious symptoms start, and by then you probably have a few other issues that are assumed to be non liver related. Here is a small list of the tasks we are interested in, then a small list of possible BAD symptoms when your liver is REALLY sick.
A few of the many tasks the liver does for us.
- Metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
- Enzyme activation.
- Storage of glycogen, fat soluble vitamins and minerals.
- Synthesis of plasma proteins, such as albumin and also clotting factors (Blood pressure).
- Blood detoxification and purification.
- Break down of excess hormones, ie insulin, Cortisol and other sex hormones.
There are hundreds of other functions.
Symptoms that your liver is more than 80% “closed down” are very obvious and should never be taken lightly. See your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms...
- Yellowing of your skin and eyeballs (jaundice)
- Pain in your upper right abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- A general sense of feeling unwell (malaise)
- Disorientation or confusion
- Continues itchy skin.
- Bleeding is not clotting.
- It’s more comfortable to sleep on your right side.
- Extremely dark urine.
- Light colored stool.
What's this got to do with the HealthSync program? Well let's have a look at what causes your liver to start closing down cells. The most common issue in recent history is None Alcoholic Liver Disease. It's called this, because people were consuming high quantities of alcohol long before they started on sugar. Fructose and Ethanol have almost the exact same effect on the liver, therefore, because alcohol was popular before sucrose, fatty liver disease was first caused by alcohol. Once fructose got into the party, doctors had cases of fatty liver disease where no alcohol was found ... Confused, they called it non alcoholic fatty liver disease. If sugar was popular in the amounts it is today before alcohol, we would be calling it none fructose fatty liver disease, it’s that similar! So, having a beer does the same thing to your liver than having a glass of fruit juice.
We've established that the liver has many tasks. One of them is processing sugars and glucose. Now because of evolution, we've never evolved the need to process the quantities of sugar we do today. What happens with too much prolonged sugar consumption is, it overflows fat production. Converting fructose directly into fats. This “clogs” the rooms in the factory and over time starts closing them down. Now if you have a healthy young liver, all rooms are open. You can handle a lot more sugar and toxins at once, but over time with rooms filling up with fat, this changes. This is why fatty liver disease up to really recently in time, has always been an adult disease. But more and more sugar being added to everything is making it catch up with children now too.
What's next? The sugar has now “clogged” the rooms in the factory, less production capacity and more bottleneck. This causes a snowball effect, where our poor livers can handle less and less.
Before modern times and fast food, energy drinks and easy access to sugar, fructose consumption was very much seasonal. This gave the livers time in winter to regenerate, as well as supplied the much needed stored fats and vitamins in times of winter famine. But now with access all year round, and what's worse, people's addiction to it, we are having way too much!
The liver is now running at low capacity. Not enough to complain with serious symptoms yet, but bad enough that it can't do its job as fast as it should. In particular it takes longer to clean up excess hormones. The hormone insulin, is very important here. It deals a lot with hunger and fat storage. Excess insulin and other hormones floating around for longer than its supposed to, causes your bodies signaling and general health balance to go out of whack. If the liver is not allowed “seasonal” time to heal, this gets worse and worse over time.
Some symptoms that could be caused by a low functioning liver.
- You don’t feel satisfied after eating - increased hunger.
- Your body can’t access stored fat, so you have no steady flow of energy to the brain and experience increased hunger.
- Your body wants to store more fat and conserve energy, thus increased hunger.
More hunger leads to you becoming more addicted and eating more, which leads to more insulin, which leads to less capacity in the liver and it starts all over again.
This leads to extreme insulin floating around the blood, leading to insulin resistance and then, type 2 diabetes.
Here are other symptoms of this snowball effect.
- Hormone imbalance.
- Increase of stress due to the excess of cortisol hormone.
- Bad sleeping patterns.
- Skin / acne issues including rashes, eczema and boils.
- Low immune system.
- Joint pain.
- Irregular blood pressure.
- Increased general infection.
- Fast weight gain.
- Hunger satisfaction does not come easily.
- More prone to addiction.
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
After all that doom and gloom, here is the good news. Your liver is very strong. It can recover, it can regenerate. In order for this to happen it needs a few rooms open, not being used so these can start doing some in house rebuilding. To get your liver to regenerate you have to give it a break from work.
You need to stay away from everything that causes your liver to over work and you need to rest. Drink loads of water, the correct minerals and proteins.
In the case that you are already at 80%-90% liver failure, this becomes very tricky. If you have fatty liver disease already, the regeneration and healing process can take up to 2 years! But the good news is that the healing will accelerate the stronger the liver gets.
Here are a few things that will help.
- Good routine sleep. Make sure you sleep in a dark room and have enough. Try not to use electronic devices with screens for at least 1 hour before sleeping. Grab an old fashioned book or rather listen to music.
- Drink good clean water. If you are drinking tap water, grab a ph tester to check if the water is not extremely alkaline. With low rainfall, tap water chemical ratios tend to go up. If you bath in high alkaline water and use normal alkaline soap, it can irritate the skin.
- Green vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach.
- Avocados, carrots and beets, Green Tea, Garlic,Olive Oil,Coconut Oil,Turmeric.
- Apples have liver friendly chemicals, but the fructose is not good for you. If you do have apples or grape fruits, eat them very slowly with a glass of water.
- Sunshine. All energy and life starts with the sun.
Stay away from fructose, high glycemic foods, ethanol alcohol and toxins. More details on this will be in a later article.
Once your liver is running properly, your overall health will improve dramatically.