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The liver is one of the largest, busiest, most important organs in the body. People generally give little thought to liver health... and that’s a mistake. Poor liver function can lead to a wide range of physical and mental health problems—from allergies and bad breath to bloating and chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, memory problems and migraines, to name just a few.



Roughly one-quarter of the blood in the body flows through the liver every minute. Oxygen-rich blood is delivered directly from the heart... and nutrient-rich blood travels nonstop from the intestines. Liver cells called hepatocytes handle more tasks than any other cells in the body. They also contain high concentrations of mitochondria, the energy-producing parts of the cells. The liver affects numerous bodily functions...

Digestion. Before the small intestine can absorb fats—including fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K—the fats must be emulsified (suspended in fluid). To do that, the liver produces up to 27 ounces a day of the digestive fluid bile. Some bile goes directly to the small intestine to meet immediate needs, and the rest is stored in the gall bladder.

The liver metabolizes food, turning it into fuel called glucose... and converts glucose into glycogen and stores it as a fuel reserve for times when blood glucose runs low. The liver also transforms vitamins and minerals into forms the body can use... stores reserves of numerous nutrients... and breaks down various substances into waste products, which the body then excretes.

Detoxification. Toxic substances, such as alcohol, and prescription and nonprescription medications (which some people cannot properly metabolize for genetic reasons), meet their ultimate end in the liver. How: First the liver filters toxins from the blood... then changes the toxins’ chemical structures to make them more water-soluble so that they can be excreted through urine and stool. The various enzymatic processes through which the liver accomplishes these tasks are called detoxification pathways.

Circulation. The liver produces components that allow blood to clot, plus proteins to dissolve clots that are no longer needed... breaks down old red blood cells, freeing the iron they contain so that it can be reused... and produces albumin, a blood protein that transports certain minerals and medications throughout the body.

Hormone activity. The liver synthesizes cholesterol, which is necessary for the production of hormones... and produces carrier proteins that transport hormones via the blood.

Immune function. The liver produces immune cells that help remove bacteria from the blood.


When the liver operates suboptimally, it is called "sluggish," meaning it cannot detoxify substances rapidly or thoroughly enough for them to be efficiently excreted. Consequently, lingering toxins exit the liver and migrate to other areas of the body, producing free radicals—unstable molecules that can damage body tissues. Eventually, the body tucks the toxins into fat tissue and cells of the brain and central nervous system. These toxins may be slowly released into the blood and contribute to many chronic health problems, including arthritis, chronic fatigue and poor memory. A sluggish liver also may affect blood flow—one possible reason why liver problems are linked to cold hands and feet, migraine and nearsightedness.


DO follow a detox diet. Most plant foods contain phytochemicals that aid in detoxification. Aim for two or three servings per day of foods rich in the following phytochemicals...

  • Allium—from garlic, onions, chives.
  • Chlorophyll—from spinach, chard, turnip greens.
  • Ellagic acid—from red grapes, raspberries, blackberries.
  • Gallic acid—from mangoes, rhubarb, soy foods, green and black teas.
  • Glucosinolates and indoles—from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts.
  • Isothiocyanates—from horseradish and cruciferous vegetables.
  • Limonene—from citrus fruits and peels.
  • Sulforaphane—from broccoli sprouts and cruciferous vegetables.

Also helpful: Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric. To incorporate it into your diet, add turmeric liberally while cooking.

Important: Avoid—or use sparingly—foods that stress the liver, including alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, saturated fats (found in meats and nonskim dairy foods) and trans fats (such as hydrogenated vegetable oils and shortening).

DO hydrate. Each day, drink 40-80 ounces of water that has been purified water. Freshly sqeezed juice from ½ of a lemon with warm-room temperature water in the morning helps to kick start the liver.

DO steer clear of toxins. When possible, avoid secondhand smoke... pesticides... automobile exhaust... fumes from paints, glues, fire retardants and cleansers... arsenic (in unpurified water, contaminated shellfish and nonorganic chicken)... lead (in old pipes, paints, crystal and dishware)... and mercury (in some vaccines, amalgam dental fillings and some seafoods, such as swordfish and tuna).

DO use healing roots and herbs such as dandelion root, Oregon grape, wild yam, wormwood, and milk thistle which stimulate production of bile and its flow from the liver. Bod-E-Klenz, Tiao He Pak, Liv-A, Liv-J, Liv-C, Liv-GD are all tested and true liver products….(but please always consult a practitioner before under going a cleanse and never use these cleaning products if you are pregnant and/or nursing)

 Take supplements that support detoxification pathways. I advise everyone to take a multivitamin/mineral daily, continuing indefinitely. In addition, Dr.Stengler recommends the following supplements. Take them for one month per year (the same month in which you use the liver support formula, described above 

  • N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an amino acid derivative, at 250 mg twice daily(NSP US)
  • Vitamin C at 500 mg twice daily (in addition to the vitamin C in your multivitamin).
  • Spirulina, a green algae take as directed on the label.


  • Liver inflammation—from more than 100 products that contain the painkiller and fever reducer acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Bile flow impairment—from birth control pills, the antibiotic erythromycin, the psychiatric drug chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
  • nd anabolic steroids.
  • Elevated liver enzyme levels and possible liver failure—from cholesterol-lowering statins.
  • Drug-induced hepatitis—from statin drugs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Liver toxicity—from the arrhythmia drug amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) or the rheumatoid arthritis and cancer drug methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall).

DO reduce stress. Every day, practice a relaxation technique, such as meditation or deep breathing. Regular exercise also alleviates stress.

When your liver is once again operating optimally, you will be amazed at how much better you feel.

The more symptoms you have, the more important it is for you to adhere to the recommendations in this article and to seek help from a holistic doctor. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, a poorly functioning liver could contribute to numerous ailments, including blood sugar regulation problems (hypoglycemia, prediabetes, diabetes)... body odor that is very strong... cold hands and feet... depression... frequent diarrhea... fibrocystic breasts... gassiness... joint and/or muscle pain... irregular menstrual periods... nasal congestion... prostate enlargement or prostate cancer... skin rashes... and weight gain.

Selected References by: Nutritional Herbology by Mark Stengler,NMD
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