The liver is the body’s second largest organ and it’s primary job is detoxification. Simply put, the liver takes a potentially harmful substance in your body and transforms it into a less harmful substance so that the body can then safely eliminate it. The liver also plays a role in fat burning. It works with the gallbladder to help us excrete fatty substances, including stored body fat.
In modern days, many of us are treating our livers unkindly, and they just can’t keep up. Alcohol, caffeine, trans fats, sugars (including fructose and sucrose), synthetic substances (ie..pesticides, medications, skin care, etc..) and infections/viruses all put an extra burden on the liver. When this happens, cells in the liver begin to die and the liver eventually is unable to regenerate new cells.
What, you may be wondering, replaces those lost liver cells? Fat! If this happens to you, you may get diagnosed with a fatty liver by your MD.
The liver is also responsible to making approximately 80% of the cholesterol in your body. (Remember, cholesterol is our friend as it is responsible for making all of our steroid hormones among other things.) The liver will make cholesterol to protect itself, since cholesterol can act as an anti-inflammatory. So when your liver is exposed to substances that can inflame it (as in the list above) it will make extra LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) for protection.
Ensuring good liver support as well as finding other sources of hidden inflammation in your body is a great first step in lowering cholesterol. Our upcoming Wellness 101 class in Los Gatos is a great place to learn about hidden inflammation and what to do about it.
Take The Test
2. I have a tender point in the center of my chest (at the bra line).
3. I have a very short fuse/temper.
4. I have PMS.
5. I have cellulite.
6. I get hot easily.
7. My sleep is worse during a night that I consumed alcohol.
8. I have floaters in front of my eyes.
9. I get bloated easily.
10. I have elevated LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
11. I drink alcohol daily.
12. I prefer to start my day with coffee.
If you suspect that you have an unhappy liver, the first thing to do is to eliminate the items listed above to give your body a break. Discovering the source of hidden inflammation including food allergies, hormone imbalances, parasites, etc.. is also critical to getting balance back into your body. If you would like more information or to set up a personal consultation, feel free to contact us.