Love Your Liver!

My grandson, Levi, was born with a diseased liver and had a transplant before his first birthday. We remember that day, May 17, with prayers of gratitude, along with prayers for the donor family who lost their loved one. Our precious Levi is now 10 years old and doing well!

The liver is the largest and hardest working organ in the body.  It must filter and cleanse the bloodstream of all toxins, both physical and emotional.  When the liver is overloaded with toxins and can’t keep up with detoxification, they may continue to circulate in the bloodstream and either be stored in fat cells or trigger an immune response.  

Those who have auto-immune conditions and/or stubborn weight loss may have an underlying liver problem. 

Lightening the liver’s workload can help calm an over active immune system and reduce allergic reactions and digestive problems.

The liver is also instrumental in weight loss.  It helps to regulate the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Toxins that aren’t removed from the body may be stored in fat cells in order to protect vital organs from damage.  This can lead to excess fat that is difficult to lose.

Some signs that your liver may need to be strengthened and cleansed include:

Stubborn weight loss

Belly fat and/or abdominal bloating

Fatty liver

Gall bladder problems (especially pain in the right side under the rib cage)

High blood cholesterol and/or triglycerides

Hemorrhoids/constipation

Easily overheated

Skin problems like rashes or brown spots (“liver spots”)

Bad breath and/or coated tongue

Dark circles under eyes and/or red, itchy eyes

Allergies and/or other immune problems

Hormone imbalances

Advanced signs include yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice)

Note: These signs by themselves do not necessarily indicate a liver problem and could be indicative of other health issues.  If you have three or more signs, consider consulting your health care provider.

Some factors that can influence liver health include:

A diet high in refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, which can lead to a fatty liver

A diet deficient in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber, and healthy fats

Toxic food and beverage additives

Exposure to environmental, household, and personal care toxins

Alcohol and/or drug abuse

Side effects from prescription drugs

Viruses like hepatitis A, B, and C

Auto-immune disorders (chronic inflammation)

Negative stress and emotions

On May 17, in honor of Levi’s liver transplant, I encourage you to love your liver by choosing foods to help support and cleanse it.  The following list includes foods and herbs to help you get started:

Dandelion Greens

Spinach

Parsley

Garlic

Cruciferous Vegetables:  cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, horseradish, mustard greens, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, rutabaga 

Apples/Apple Cider Vinegar 

Lemons

Beetroot (encourages good bile flow necessary to break down fats)

Carrots

Grapefruit

Artichokes

Fennel and Fennel Seeds (good digestive aid)

Make a plan to add something from this list to your daily diet.  Don’t get in a rut by eating the same foods every day.  Variety is key to a nutrient-dense diet.

Check the Dirty Dozen List (ewg.org) so you don’t eat produce high in pesticides that will add more toxic burden to your liver.

Milk Thistle is a well studied herb for helping to protect the liver against toxins and cellular damage.  You can take it as a supplement or drink it as a tea.

Nature’s Sunshine also makes a supplement called LIV-J that contains dandelion leaves, horseradish, beetroot, parsley, fennel, and other herbs to help nourish and cleanse the liver.

Keep negative thoughts like fear, anger, resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness, and worry at bay.  These all put stress on the liver.

Philippians 4:8, 9–“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.  Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Links to Some of My Favorite Products

 

People often ask me for product recommendations, so today I am giving you a list with links to a few of my favorite products that I order from Amazon and Nature’s Sunshine. If you have any questions about any of the items, please feel free to ask me!

Here’s the link: List of Links to Some of My Favorite Products

Autoimmune conditions are on the rise, affecting old and young alike. For free education about this growing health concern, check out the free online Autoimmune Summit from November 5 to November 11.

Here’s the link: Autoimmune Summit

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

www.learningtobehealthy.com

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

This information is for educational purposes only and is not to intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Love Your Liver!

My grandson, Levi, was born with a diseased liver and had a transplant before his first birthday.  We remember that day, May 17, with prayers of gratitude, along with prayers for the donor family who lost their loved one.  Our precious Levi is now 10 years old and doing well!

The liver is the largest and hardest working organ in the body.  It must filter and cleanse the bloodstream of all toxins, physical and emotional.  When the liver is overloaded with toxins and can’t keep up with detoxification, they may continue to circulate in the bloodstream and either be stored in fat cells or trigger an immune response.

Those who have auto-immune conditions and/or stubborn weight loss may have an underlying liver problem.

Reducing the liver’s workload can help calm the immune system and reduce allergic reactions and digestive problems.

The liver is also instrumental in weight loss.  It helps to regulate the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.  Toxins that aren’t removed from the body may be stored in fat cells in order to protect vital organs from damage.  This can lead to excess fat that is difficult to lose.

Some signs that your liver may need to be strengthened and cleansed include:

Stubborn weight loss

Belly fat and/or abdominal bloating

Fatty liver

Gall bladder problems (especially pain in the right side under the rib cage)

High blood cholesterol and/or triglycerides

Hemorrhoids/constipation

Easily overheated

Skin problems like rashes or brown spots (“liver spots”)

Bad breath and/or coated tongue

Dark circles under eyes and/or red, itchy eyes

Allergies and/or other immune problems

Hormone imbalances

Advanced signs include yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice)

Note:  These signs by themselves do not necessarily indicate a liver problem and could be indicative of other health issues.  If you have three or more signs, consider consulting your health care provider.

Some factors that can influence liver health include:

A diet high in refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, which can lead to a fatty liver

A diet deficient in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber, and healthy fats

Toxic food and beverage additives

Alcohol and/or drug abuse

Side effects from prescription drugs

Viruses like hepatitis A, B, and C

Auto-immune disorders (chronic inflammation)

Negative stress and emotions

On May 17, in honor of Levi’s liver transplant, I encourage you to love your liver by choosing foods to help support and cleanse it.  The following list includes foods and herbs to help you get started:

Dandelion Greens

Spinach

Parsley

Garlic

Cruciferous Vegetables:  cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, horseradish, mustard greens, radish, turnip, kohlrabi, rutabaga

Apples/Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemons

Beetroot (encourages good bile flow necessary to break down fats)

Carrots

Grapefruit

Artichokes

Fennel and Fennel Seeds (good digestive aid)

Make a plan to add something from this list to your daily diet.  Don’t get in a rut by eating the same foods every day.  Variety is key to a nutrient-dense diet.

Check the Dirty Dozen List (ewg.org) so you don’t eat produce high in pesticides that will add more toxic burden to your liver.

Milk Thistle is a well studied herb for helping to protect the liver against toxins and cellular damage.  You can take it as a supplement or drink it as a tea.

Nature’s Sunshine also makes a supplement called LIV-J that contains dandelion leaves, horseradish, beetroot, parsley, fennel, and other herbs to help nourish and cleanse the liver.

Keep negative thoughts like fear, anger, resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness, and worry at bay.  These all put stress on the liver.

Philippians 4:8, 9–“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things.  Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.  Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Fix Your Gut, Fix Your Health

Once our food has made its way to the 20-foot long small intestine, enzymes are secreted by the pancreas to further digest fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  The pancreas also makes insulin, which helps to control blood sugar.  Too many processed foods can weaken the pancreas over time, and digestion, as well as insulin production, can be adversely affected.  You may need to support your pancreas when you eat processed foods by taking digestive enzymes.

About 90% or more of the nutrients from what we eat is absorbed in the small intestine, which is lined with finger-like villi.  These villi contain digestive enzymes that finish preparing the food for absorption.  Villi also help prevent “leaky gut” by letting in the good and keeping out the bad, similar to using a strainer.  When villi become damaged due to inflammation, they can no longer do there job efficiently.

Damage resulting from inflammation can come from many sources, including the malfunction of other organs, like the stomach not producing enough stomach acid or removal of the gall bladder.  Other pro-inflammatory conditions include a poor diet (including food sensitivities), fungal and parasitic infections, medications, and toxins.

When the villi can no longer properly absorb nutrients and keep out what doesn’t belong in the bloodstream, inflammation can affect the entire body.  This can trigger an immune system response, and, when chronic, can turn into an autoimmune condition.

Some ways to stop inflammation and improve a “leaky gut” condition:

Remove food sensitivities (you may need to get an IgG Antibody Test).  You can also use a food journal to write down what you eat and drink, how you feel, and poop observations.  Eliminate any suspect foods for two weeks, and then reintroduce them, one at a time, over a three-day period, to see if you have any negative reactions.

Eat fresh produce, organic meats, fermented foods, and bone broth.

Stop eating hydrogenated oils (soy, canola, corn, vegetable, cottonseed, etc.).

Stop eating refined sugar (especially high-fructose corn syrup).

Stop eating fast foods and packaged foods.

After nutrient absorption, what remains enters the large intestine, or colon.  Some additional nutrients are absorbed there, especially fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K).  This is where beneficial bacteria (probiotics) assist in digestion–about 90% are located in the colon.

The final step in digestion is the timely elimination of waste.  The average time for stool to pass through the colon is about 36 hours.  If constipation is a problem, probiotics may help, as well as flax or extra-virgin olive oil, which help to lubricate the colon for easier passage.  Fiber, found in whole plant foods, is important for moving waste along, as well as for feeding the good intestinal bacteria.  Water is another crucial element for helping to prevent chronic constipation.

Some ways to help remedy constipation:

Include healthy fats in your daily diet, eat a minimum of 25 grams of fiber, drink approximately half your body weight in ounces of pure water, and take probiotics as needed.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant

1 Corinthians 10:31–Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

www.learningtobehealthy.com

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.