What does Artichoke and Sarsaparilla do for the liver?


Have you heard of using natural foods to help liver function?

Artichoke and Sarsaparilla is a natural food found in nature and is know for it's purifying properties.

Nutritional studies indicate that Artichoke may:

  • Enhances liver function Boost production of bile which breaks down fat
  • Lowers elevated blood lipids / cholesterol / triglycerides
  • Raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
  • Aid in bladder infections

This extremely effective combination of ingredients has Double Blind Studies to verify the decreases in degenerative liver damage in patients with chronic liver disease (cirrhosis of the liver) in as few as 30 to 90 days. 

This combination has proven studies for detoxifying the liver, normalizing liver metabolism and preventing further liver damage due to internal and external toxins like alcohol, cigarettes and environmental poisons” (italics added) Artichoke and Sarsaparilla by Dr. Charles Cochran, “A decrease in cirrhosis of the liver”

European physicians consider sarsaparilla root as an alternative blood purifier, diuretic, and diaphoretic.

Sarsaparilla was registered as an official herb in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as a treatment for syphilisas early as 1820.

You can learn more about these two super foods from this website:  Tree Sap Enterprises.

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How Your Liver Spends Its Day


Among its many responsibilities, the busy liver spends its day:

• Filtering blood for use by the rest of the body

• Purifying and clearing harmful waste products and toxins (such as drugs or chemicals in processed foods)

• Regulating and secreting substances important in maintaining your body’s function and health

• Producing cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body

• Storing glycogen glucose, vitamins and minerals

• Metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates

• Producing enzymes and amino acids

• Creating bile (about 1 quart a day) so that fats can be broken down, preparing them for further digestion and absorption

• Metabolizing hormones and foreign chemicals

• Assimilating and storing fat-soluble vitamins

• Synthesizing blood proteins

• Processing hemoglobin for use of its iron content

• Regulating blood clotting

• Converting poisonous ammonia to urea (one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted by the urine)

With a list of jobs longer than all of our resumes put together, the liver stays busy performing over 500 functions. Its closely connected to the intestine and the gallbladder, working to keep your digestion in tiptop shape.

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Vitamin C For Liver Health?


Have you had your vitamin C today?

At the University of Michigan Medical School clear back in 1986, studies showed that even low doses of vitamin C helped fatty buildup in the liver, and large doses actually flushed fats from the liver (Ritter, M. “Study Says Vitamin C Could Cut Liver Damage.” Associated Press, Oct. 11, 1986).

This could prove helpful to people trying to lose weight. We know gall is important in metabolizing fat, and an unhealthy liver is linked to weight gain. It stands to reason that an orange a day may keep the fat away.

Mega doses of vitamin C were reported by Robert F. Cathcart III to eliminate jaundice in under a week and helping patients to feel better in just a few days.

The best medicine is preventive medicine. Making sure you get your Vitamin C may be doing more than you think. And don’t worry about getting too much. There doesn’t seem to be an overdose of Vitamin C.

I know this sounds too simple to be true. But, honestly, was health ever supposed to be so hard?

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 4:01 am  Comments (3)  
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How To Maintain Liver Health


Do you drink enough water?  Did you know most Americans are dehydrated?  We drink liquids, but we don’t drink water.  With the quality of our water, that may not be a bad thing.  But that is not a good thing either.

If the liver doesn’t have enough water to flush out the toxins it cleans out of our blood. They become lodge there, purify and become infections.  Pop, coffee, and alcohol actually deplete water from the body.  Milk and juice take water to digest the nutrients out of them, and so our hair and skin suffer.  Joints ache. We gain weight.

The liver has to have water to function, so other organs go lacking.  Even the brain gives up water to keep the body functioning.  This causes brain fog.

Please leave a comment if you have had any experience with dehydration. It is an important topic in liver health.

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 12:58 am  Comments (1)  

I’m Back Now


It’s been a long vacation, but I’m back.

It was fun to get away, and I am having a little trouble getting back into a routine again.  I really enjoyed being away.

How is your liver?  Did you make it through the holidays without too much liver abuse?  Alcohol is very damaging to your liver.  In today’s toxic environment, our livers take the burnt of it.  With over 500 other functions depending on the liver, we need to be more aware of what we need to do to help it.

Clean water is really a concern.  If you love your liver, you will drink something besides bottled water.  Do you have a water filter?  Check out the advantages of filtering your own water.  There is more than just money to be saved.

http://medadvance.googlepages.com/pi-magwater

Published in: on January 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Environmental Toxins and Liver Pain


Environmental toxins blanket the globe from heavy metals, pharmaceutical wastes, hydrocarbons, chemical fertilizers and radiation.

It is estimated that people consume 14 pounds of chemicals per year in the form of food additives such as artificial colorings, flavorings, emulsifiers, and preservatives. Literally millions of tons of pesticides are consumed every year through fruits and vegetables we eat. Is it any wonder that there is so much illness in our country?

We are the first generation that has been exposed to such an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. While the body was designed to detoxify and rid itself of foreign chemicals, it may not be equipped to handle the barrage of pollutants and toxic substances in today’s environment. In addition, refining of foods has left them deficient in nutrients that are essential to the detoxification process.

Individual reaction to toxic overload can vary greatly. The most common symptom associated with toxic overload is fatigue. Other symptoms include headache, muscle and joint pain, irritability, depression, mental confusion, gastrointestinal and/or cardiovascular irregularities, flu-like symptoms or allergic reactions including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

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How Important Is Your Liver’s Health in Weight Management??


Very.  In the MedicineNet.com article by Medical Author, Dennis Lee, MD and Medical Editor, Jay W. Marks, MD, Body Fat, the Silent Killer, they report that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is currently the most common liver disease in the US and worldwide. All stages of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are now believed to be due to insulin resistance, a condition closely associated with obesity. As a matter of fact, tests show in people with liver problems, the greater a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index), the greater the liver damage. It is now widely accepted that all stages of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases (NAFLD) are due to insulin resistance, a condition closely associated with obesity. 

 

One of our greatest concerns in this country is obesity in children. And wouldn’t you know it, so is childhood NAFLD (Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).

 

When Fatty Liver is left untreated, it develops into steatohepatitis, a condition where not only fat is accumulated in the liver, but there is inflammation (hepatitis) and liver cell die (necrosis) and scarring (fibrosis) occur. Fibrosis of the liver can then progress to cirrhosis of the liver, which is the last stage of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

 

Liver Pain? What Can I Do To Aid In The Treatment?


What Should I Do While Undergoing Treatment To Help With The Liver Pain?

 

I have given a long and a short version.  Read the one you want.  I hope it help some of you.

 

I’ll start with the short of it:

 

·     ·     For optimum results when taking treatment for a bad liver, whether you have liver pain or not, drink good water and stay away from pop, alcohol, and caffeine. 

·     ·     Take the Liver Support on an empty stomach ½ hr before eating

·     ·     Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

·     ·    Eat small portions of meats 

·     ·     Limit the fats and be careful of the type of fats you eat

·     ·     Mild foods are always a good idea when healing the liver and helps with liver pain

·     ·     Whole grains are best 

·     ·      Diary products as they can also be hard on a stressed liver

·     ·     Limit the fast foods you eat. Metabolizing fast foods is very hard on the liver and may contribute to liver pain.

 

Now for the LONG of it…  :

For optimum results when doing any liver treatment and to relieve liver pain or discomfort, drink water (I recommend Pi-mag water) and stay away from pop, alcohol, and caffeine.  For every cup of pop, alcohol, or caffeine beverage, drink an equal amount of good water (this is just to counteract the harmful effects) and continue to drink the proper amount of water for your weight.  A good rule of thumb is ½ your body weight in oz. i.e. if you weight 150lb, you should drink 75 oz of water every day. This will help flush the liver and often relieves the discomfort. This is water; other drinks don’t count toward your water intake.

 

If you are not use to drinking that much water, it is advisable to just increase the amount of water you do drink by 4 to 9 oz every other day or so.  Listen t your body, your liver and the pain.  One slight problem you might encounter is the increase of times you have to go to the bathroom throughout the day.  Sorry.  This does normalize after a week or two.  Your body is flushing out toxins from the liver that it has not had power to flush out before because the water you did have needed to be used to keep the brain and other organs working.  I am a real believer in Pi-mag water.  —But, whatever kind of water you drink, it needs to be good clean water.  Tap water has way too many pollutants in do your body any good when it comes to cleansing.  If you use polluted water to wash out toxins, you are only replacing pollutants!

 

For optimum results, drink good water and stay away from pop, alcohol, and caffeine.  Take the Liver Support on an empty stomach ½ hr before eating. Morning or night is all right, however, I suggest taking it at night because when you are resting is when the body repairs itself best, including the liver.

 

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and only healthy amounts of meat.  Of course fish is always a good meat choice. A good rule of thumb for a proper serving of meet is about the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. Meat tends to get stuck in a dysfunctional liver and can cause liver pain.

 

Limit the fats and be careful of the type of fats. Fatty Livers don’t necessarily have liver pain associated with it, but you don’t want to contribute to it either. Olive Oil is a good source of fat and is actually good for your overall health.  Substitute it in cooking.

 

Whole grains are best.  Stay away from enriched white flour and sugar as much as possible. No one knows what causes pain of the liver, but refined flours and sugars are never very good for you.

 

Also, diary products can be hard on a stressed liver. They cause mucus which can contribute to  inflammation and swelling. Thus, it seems to reason it could contribute to liver pain. 

 

I’m not a fanatic of eating this way all the time.  Your body is an amazing thing and has been designed to with stand a lot of abuse, but when healing, I think this is always a good to go a little easy on the hard stuff.

 

Hope this helps and is not too lengthy

 

Here’s to your Liver,

Cindy 

PS       I truly am convinced of the importance of good clean water. Good Clean Water will do almost as much for your liver to relieve discomfort than the Liver Support. Tap water has way too many pollutants in do your body any good when it comes to cleansing.  If you use polluted water to wash out toxins, you are only replacing pollutants! And…Pi-mag water really is different. I encourage you for your own health and comfort of your liver to seriously take a look at this king of water and if you don’t buy it from me, buy it from somewhere else.

 

Here is a website: http://medadvance.googlepages.com/pi-magwater  The reason I like this is it not only that Pi-mag Water purifies the water and is cheaper than bottled water, but it puts back proper trace minerals that your body needs and helps regulate the body’s ph balance, which is another story in itself. There are a lot of other manufactures of this Pi-water. You can look it up on the internet.  But, Pi-Mag Water also breaks down the water clusters so the water can move in and out of your body cells easier, thus increasing the effectiveness of the cleansing process. In other words, toxins can be removed more quickly and with less energy, and may also have an affect on ‘liver pain’. 

 

 

 

Is Liver Pain A Symptom Of Fatty Liver?


Can A Fatty Liver (Steatosis) Cause Liver Pain?
                                                                                                                         

Cindy Judd, EzineArticles.com Basic AuthorCertainly a swollen liver can give the feeling of fullness or pressure under the rib cage. This can also produce right shoulder pain or breathing problems without the sensation of liver pain.

Steatosis, or fatty liver, is a condition where triglycerides and other fats collect in liver cells. It is caused from altered fat metabolism from mobilization of fatty acids. Sometimes, as much as 40% of the liver’s weight is accounted from these fat cells. A normal liver has only 5% fat. A normal liver weighs about 3 lbs., but a severe case of fatty liver may increase its weight as much as 11! That’s nearly 4 times its normal weight!

Mild Steatosis is temporary and asymptomatic. Mild fatty liver is usually reversible by simply changing your diet and alcohol intake. But don’t neglect it. Severe or persistent fatty liver may cause liver dysfunction. You may not have liver pain associated with it, but it may result in recurrent infection, and in the worst case, sudden death from fat emboli in the lungs.

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Liver Pain


 Cindy Judd, EzineArticles.com Basic Author            The cause of Liver Pain may be more easily identified by identifying other symptoms, such as fatigue, itching, swollen testes, difficulties breathing, eating problems, or even shoulder pain.

Two very interesting double-blind studies found on Hi Beam Encyclopedia1, were done on a combination of artichoke bud and sarsaparilla extract found in Bio-Directed Liver Support.

The liver doesn’t usually trigger pain signals, but if you do have Liver Pain or Tender, it may be a symptom of :

  • Dubin-Johnson Syndrome: A chronic mild jaundice caused by a rare inherited condition.
  • Leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells.
  • Liver abscess: Pus in the liver.
  • Mononucleosis: A common infectious viral disease
  • Schistosomiasis: caused by parasitic worms, also known as bilharzia (bill-HAR-zi-a)
  • Steatosis or Fatty Liver: commonly caused by chronic alcoholism, drug toxicity, or pregnancy

The combination of artichoke bud and sarsaparilla extract composes an entirely unique complex of phytochemicals extracted from the bud of a hybrid artichoke plant and the root of the sarsaparilla plant. It has been proven through studies to detoxify and cleanse the liver, “normalizing liver metabolism and preventing further liver damage due to internal and external toxins like alcohol, cigarettes and environmental poisons”.2

Another double-blind study of sixty people with alcohol-related diseases (damaged livers), 70% had normalized their liver enzymes after only 30 days’ in therapeutic doses (3 capsules twice each day).


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