Do You Have a Healthy Liver?

By Wendy McPhail, CT, CCN

In natural health education we hear again and again, “when in doubt, treat the liver.” What our teachers were telling us is that the liver is the single most important organ in our bodies for detoxification, and that most human suffering is related in some degree to improper liver function.

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It removes about 99% of all unwanted toxins and bacteria through its filtration process. It is first to process the nutrients delivered by way of the blood stream. It also releases substances to neutralize harmful chemicals, viruses and bacteria. It filters two quarts of blood every minute and secretes a quart of bile each day. Bile is necessary for absorbing fat-soluble substances, including certain vitamins. Bile also helps eliminate toxic chemicals. Bile is mixed with dietary fiber and voided through the colon. Over time, a low fiber, high fat, processed food diet along with more of a sedentary lifestyle will contribute daily to sludging up the bile flow within the liver, causing a slow running bile flow system that results in chronic constipation. Good bile flow is the key to free moving bowels that effectively empty themselves frequently. Many popular drugs have an extremely negative impact on our livers, especially cholesterol lowering and weight loss drugs. Prescription drug use is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.

Liver disease of various types falls within the top ten causes of death. Some of the general symptoms of a stressed liver include bloating, constipation, decreased fertility, fatigue, insomnia, gas, hormonal irregularities, nausea, poor appetite, weakness, weight loss or gain, yellowish or itchy skin, and varicose veins, including hemorrhoids.

For hundreds of years people have cleansed their livers naturally. There are liver flush recipes that can be commonly found, using simple ingredients found at a health food store. Castor Oil packs have a wonderful rejuvenating effect on the liver, as does juicing - to heal and maintain healthy liver function and improve elevated liver enzymes. Juicing works within 15 minutes of ingestion by getting directly to the cellular level. Adding raw superfoods makes juicing even more medicinal with great healing capability.

Liver and colon function are closely related. Colon cleansing will help re-establish regular bowel movements by restoring muscle tone and normal peristalsis (muscular contractions in the large intestine for moving waste). Peristalsis also stimulates the liver to produce more bile, which aids in the absorption of lipids and fat-soluble vitamins. The absorption of the vital nutrients is greater when the colon is thoroughly cleaned. People often find that cleansing helps them heal and rejuvenate quicker and have a vibrant quality about their lives.

Also see Archived Newsletter Articles on this topic:
Understanding the Liver:  Healing the Healer by Dr. Anthony Godfrey
Milk Thistle for Liver Health
WholeApproach Newsletter Archives

Wendy McPhail is a certified colon therapist (C.C.T.) and a member of I-ACT (The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy) and also a State Certified Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.)  Wendy also uses and stocks the WholeApproach Five Phase Protocol in her practice.  Contact Wendy at Nethersprings Colon Therapy, Hemet, CA at www.nethersprings.com