Liver Functions Baffle Your Average Doctor
In my long trek through Western medicine’s non-answers last year, one diagnosis came up, but was cast aside as unimportant: fatty liver. But is it really unimportant, or do our doctors simply not know what to do with it?
For answers, I followed a friend’s recommendation and purchased “Liver Rescue” by Anthony William. Instead of starting at the beginning (a process I immediately discovered had me yawning in minutes), I decided to jump to a chapter that addressed my immediate issue, the fatty liver, and read forward. It proved to be a wise choice as I quickly covered several chapters and gained a lot of useful knowledge.
After a few chapters, I jumped again as the author was taunting me with the promise of chapters on foods and herbs that were and were not good for fatty liver and the many other things you do to beat up your poor, overworked liver. The good news is, there’s hope, even for things you were born with as a result of the many things that come to you while still in the womb.
Understanding Cravings for Healthy Foods
I tried not to let myself get bogged down in the perilous trek through heavy metals, Epstein-Barr virus, and a dozen other seemingly insurmountable woes. Instead, I focused on all the things you can do to help your liver get out from under it’s seemingly insurmountable load of toxins. As it turns out, a number of things I’m doing are actually taking me in the right direction. Granted, I need to do more, but at least I’m doing things to help rather than adding to the problem with every step or bite I take.
It’s funny, because I’d found myself craving certain foods, and giving up others lately without any clear reason. In the last few weeks, I’d cut way back on sugar consumption, only succumbing to a craving for ice cream twice, and at well spaced times. I’ve avoided gluten, and limited my consumption of eggs and dairy. Most of all, I’ve had a mad craving for broccoli, celery, and apples.
As it turns out, broccoli is one of the many vegetables that helps the liver fight pathogens and harmful bacteria. Apples both hydrate and cleanse the liver, as well as providing an inhospitable environment for fungus, mold, yeast, bacteria, and viruses. Celery is virtually a wonder drug for the liver; hydrating, protecting cell membranes, and restoring bile production. In addition, the cluster salts in celery bind to all the nasty stuff your liver works overtime to protect you from. In short, celery gives your liver a much-needed break.
Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Be Unpleasant
I’ll admit, when I first turned to the chapters on food do’s and don’ts, I expected to find I couldn’t eat anything I really liked. While I learned (at least according to Mr. William’s research) that things like eggs, cheese, and dairy make my liver work harder, I also learned a diet rich in the fruits and vegetables I love, a limited amount of healthy fat like avocados, as well as things like potatoes, bananas, apricots, and cherries were beneficial to my liver in the first place, and could, given time and a few other not-so-onerous actions on my part, clear up my fatty liver, and even help me release those sticky pounds I seem to keep rediscovering.
I also learned I was on the right track with some of my supplements including CoQ10, Turmeric, L-Lysine, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D₃. While I’m not doing everything right at the moment, I’m certainly not on a fast slide into more serious problems. Still, I do need to alter my eating habits more before I see significant results.
There are things I do, like coloring my hair and excessive dependence on the microwave which are exacerbating the problem. But there are also things I either avoid completely or consume in moderation which add up on the healthy side of my balance sheet. Things like:
- Diet soda (never)
- Alcohol (once in a great while and always in moderation)
- White sugar
- White flour/gluten
- Processed foods (as seldom as possible. Have you seen my freezer?)
- Fried foods (my stomach goes on strike if I try)
Care and Feeding of a Healthy, Helpful Liver
Somehow, without realizing it, I’ve trained myself to deal with what may not even be a problem I started. According to Mr. William, you inherit a lot of your liver issues from our parents. In fact, in many cases you’re born with your liver already impaired by things like heavy metals and toxins which came from the bodies of your parents. It kind of reminds me of original sin. You pay for issues affecting your health through no fault of your own.
I’d love to blame all my excess poundage on an overworked liver, but let’s face it, I don’t eat right consistently. Some days I eat too many calories and don’t move more than a couple of thousand steps. Other days, I eat on the run, and get 12- or 13,000 steps in, but come home and eat something toxic late at night. I admit listening to my liver, albeit unconsciously for the last few weeks is making me feel better, but the numbers on the scale haven’t dropped much. I’m still inconsistent.
What I have done is revise the shopping lists I keep on my phone to include more of the beneficial fruits and vegetables listed in the book. My daughter’s timely gift of an Instant Pot will make it easier to avoid adding toxins to the otherwise healthy food by zapping it with microwaves. The Instant Pot is equally fast, and won’t poison my vegetables in the process (or at least I hope not). I’ve also pulled a selection of my healthy single servings out of the freezer so they’ll be defrosted and ready to heat on the stove instead of in the microwave.
The challenge over the last year has been my discovery that Western medicine doesn’t delve deeply into the liver unless they find something major like cancer cells or cirrhosis. Unless fatty liver is severe, they brush it off. Their training doesn’t teach them to delve further into the things which cause things like fatty liver, or how it could be indicative of the need for dietary changes and supplements to help the liver do it’s job more efficiently. They aren’t well-versed at the thousands of functions performed by the liver, or how excessive need for its services can cause it to bog down. They also don’t seem to get the connection between viruses, the liver, and how dependent the human body is on proper care and disposal of toxins, much less, what constitutes a toxin.
I’m learning that as I age, it’s even more important to educate myself on both cause and cure, because my doctors are in the dark if it can’t be diagnosed with their machines and blood tests, or cured with knives or pills. Too often, the pills themselves contain substances which further poison my liver. MRI’s, CT Scans, and X-rays aren’t doing it any favors either.
There’s no way to go through life completely removed from anything that gets your liver jumping up and down in distress. That’s what it’s for; to protects you from toxins, excessive hormones, and thousands of other substances. It is possible to go back to basics and eat foods which help your liver instead of harming it. All it takes is a little information, and the willingness to treat the one body you’ve been given as well as you possibly can. It doesn’t have to mean going full vegan or vegetarian either, which, in my opinion have their own set of drawbacks and challenges for the liver.
Minimizing Toxicity with Gratitude
My gratitudes today are:
- I’m grateful for the availability of information nowadays. It makes it easier to figure out what’s best for me instead of relying on others to tell me based on what little they know.
- I’m grateful for friends who’ve done their own research and can shorten the time it takes me to find what I need.
- I’m grateful for options. I don’t have to accept a bunch of diagnoses that tell me nothing.
- I’m grateful I never developed a dependence on things like artificial sweeteners or sodas, and that I gave up habits like smoking long ago. While I still do things which aren’t as good for my body as they could be, I’ve been a lot worse too.
- I’m grateful for abundance; health, harmony, joy, love, friendship, community, literacy, inquisitiveness, mental acuity, advocacy, peace, harmony, balance, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
About the Author
Sheri Conaway is a Holistic Ghostwriter, and an advocate for cats and mental health. Sheri believes in the Laws of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author or in her new group, Putting Your Whole Heart Forward