The job of the liver has definitely changed over the generations. Of course, its job has always been to filter out toxins and remove them from the body as quickly as possible. However, this is a much bigger task now than it was even just 100 years ago.
When you think about how many toxins our bodies are exposed to on a daily basis, you’ll see that the liver has to work in overdrive to keep up. From fried foods and food treated with pesticides to toxins in the air you breathe, almost everything has to be filtered through your liver. Over time, this can lead to liver damage.
Causes and Symptoms of Liver Damage
Certain symptoms may make you wonder if you are suffering from liver damage. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be dealing with an off-kilter liver:
- Stool or urine consistently abnormal (color, size, timing)
- Skin has yellowed over time and does not seem to improve with changes in diet or habits
- Development of mononucleosis
- Whites of eyes are yellow or bloodshot
- Stomach upset or digestive issues
A simple liver enzyme test administered by your health care provider can determine whether or not your liver enzymes are normal.
There are many common causes for liver damage. Excessive alcohol consumption may be the most common cause of liver damage, as alcohol has many toxins that must be filtered through the liver.
In addition, an unhealthy diet can lead to liver damage. An excess of fatty, fried, or processed foods puts a huge toll on your liver. If your diet is devoid of fruits and vegetables, you may be at risk.
Liver disease can also be genetic, so you may want to watch for these symptoms if anyone in your family has ever had liver problems.
Choosing Natural Treatments Over Conventional Treatments
Conventional treatments can be extremely damaging to your body overall. A liver transplant can take years to get, cost thousands of dollars, and leave you reliant on immunosuppressant medications. In addition, you must heal from major surgery after getting a transplant.
Natural treatments can get you the same benefits as conventional treatments, but without the side effects. These are the items that go into a liver cleanse.
Fresh Squeezed Juice
What your body needs now is help fleshing out toxins. Investing in a juicer as well as organic fruits and vegetables can save your health. Try different juicing recipes and drink plenty of fresh juice every day.
Oil of oregano can get rid of infections that have taken root in your body as a result of liver failure. Some aromatherapists recommend using oil of oregano internally, while others recommend topical use.
Flushing your body is a huge part of this process. Aim for at least four liters of water each day.
Cranberry juice is excellent for your organs, and it can help detox your liver. Make sure you use cranberry juice without added sugar.
There are plenty of herbal supplements on the market that are specifically designed for liver health. If you have a natural or health food store that you trust, check out their offerings.
Though this protocol can be time-consuming, it can be worth it if you want to strengthen your liver naturally.
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