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Signs of Liver Imbalance and How To Care For Your Liver

By April 6, 2018April 11th, 2018Nutrition Information

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body.  Besides your heart, it’s your hardest working organ.

Your liver has 2 main jobs.

It is the primary organ for detoxification, which your body is doing all day, every day. Toxins like pesticides, ammonia, metabolic waste, drugs, alcohol, and pollution are broken down so that they can be excreted.

It’s also a digestive organ. The liver plays an active role in the process of digestion through the production of bile. Bile digests fat so it can be absorbed in the small intestine. It also plays a role in the metabolism of protein and storage of carbohydrates.

It’s really important for your health. With so many toxins to deal with many people have a sluggish or congested liver that’s crying out for help.

When your liver is clogged the cells that act as a filter become SWOLLEN WITH FAT and the liver cannot do its job properly.

When your liver isn’t working well your digestion is impaired and metabolism slows down.  You can’t lose weight.  You wind up with excess insulin and fat in your body which are the conditions associated with diabetes and obesity.

If your liver is clogged recycled toxins enter your heart from the un-cleaned blood. This can damage your heart and immune system and lead to rapid aging.

Signs of Liver Imbalance

Stubborn Weight Gain

If your liver is congested it’s as if the trash collectors are on strike.  The waste builds up causing hormonal imbalances. When toxic residue builds up inflammation occurs causing fat to accumulate, especially around your belly. No matter what you eat, you’ll have trouble losing weight —unless you detox your liver.


If you’re tired even after a good nights sleep your liver may need some care. It’s often a sign that your body is working too hard to get rid of the toxins you’re pouring into it. If your liver is sluggish, it’s task of keeping your bloodstream clean becomes difficult and your body gets overrun with toxins. You’ll feel tired a lot.

Anger, Irritation and Moodiness

The liver is responsible for maintaining the smooth flow of the blood and the smooth flow of our emotions.  Many Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners equate being irritable, getting angry easily and having trouble letting things go, to poor liver function. When your liver is healthy you can readjust and begin again, you’re resilient.

Hormone Imbalances

Your liver is involved in hormonal regulation, breaking down and discarding excess circulating hormones   A congested liver causes excess hormones to circulate through the bloodstream instead of being excreted, which can lead to hormonal imbalances affecting the thyroid gland or your estrogen levels.

When your liver is functioning optimally it converts nutrients from your meals into components producing proteins and enzymes to balance your hormones.

Digestive Issues 

Bile is a fluid produced by the liver.  Bile helps with digestion. It breaks down fats into fatty acids, enabling them to be taken into the body through the digestive tract.  When the liver is congested you don’t get enough bile moving and you don’t digest properly. You wind up with indigestion and bloating which occurs in the springtime when you may have leftover congestion in the liver from the heavier foods of winter. 

Tendon Problems

The liver nourishes the tendons of the whole body to maintain their normal activities.  When the liver is not processing the blood efficiently the tendons get deprived of nourishment resulting in joint pain, numbness of the limbs and weakness in the tendons.

Itchy Eyes

Clean blood freely moving from the liver gives the eyes their brightness and shine.  When the liver blood is deficient, the eyes get dry and itchy.  If the liver is inflamed the eyes may get red, dry and irritated.  When the liver blood is properly cleansed and flowing freely the eyes are clear and bright.

High Cholesterol

If your liver is overworked or congested, the fats and toxins won’t be completely removed from the blood leading to the accumulation of fatty deposits in your blood vessels.  To make matters worse, your poor overworked liver may not be able to produce enough good HDL cholesterol to rid your blood vessels of the bad LDL cholesterol.

Dry Red Skin, Rashes, Eczema

Your liver plays a vital role in detoxifying toxins so the blood remains healthy and it assists with supplying the body with nutrients for beautiful skin. A distressed liver can lead to dryness, itchy redness, acne, and dull and sagging skin. So it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible

A Natural Liver Cleanse Is The Best Way To Restore Your Liver

A cleanse is your opportunity to give your body a rest and allow your natural self-cleansing and self-healing processes to activate. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and a short natural cleanse is the perfect way to hit the reset button and start on a path to a healthier, happier, more vibrant life!

Join the Nourishing Foods Spring Natural Liver Cleanse

Spring is the ideal time to give your body a cleanse.  The spring harvest is designed to clear congestion out of the liver, scrub the intestines and move the lymph for a happy, healthy body. According to Ayurveda, this yearly detox is one of the best things you can do to remain healthy all year long.

How does a liver cleanse improve your health?

Your liver filters more than 1 ½ liters (approximately 3 pints) of blood per minute and receives a dual blood supply: one containing freshly oxygenated blood from the heart, and the other supplying blood from the stomach and intestines, rich with newly absorbed nutrients from your diet, as well as toxins, microbes, drugs and hormones.

Your liver plays a vital role in detoxifying these substances. It’s important to have it working well so the blood remains healthy and it supplies your body with all the nutrients needed to keep you healthy and happy.

If you want to get rid of congestion in your liver and tune up your digestion this spring, please join me and cleansers from around the world.  You will lose some weight, have more energy and feel leaner and lighter in just 5 days.

My specific step-by-step protocol is
  • designed to clean out congestion in your liver
  • clear away built-up toxins
  • begin to restore your digestive fire
  • put your fat burning metabolism into high gear.

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Enough promotion, here are tips to support your liver whether you join the cleanse or not.  I encourage you to follow these tips to take care of your liver this spring. You have a long life ahead of you make it a healthy, happy one.

7 Tips To Care For Your Liver

1. Keep Chemicals Out of Your Diet

Chemicals make your liver work extra hard filtering out these toxins, leaving little energy left to do the rest of it’s job.

  • Eliminate processed foods and preservatives.
  • Read labels. Avoid ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in their pantry.
  • Eliminate toxic, poor quality fats like canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil.
  • Avoid animal products from factory farms. They are full of antibiotics and hormones that disrupt your liver.
  • Read my Healthy Eating Tips.

2. Increase Your Fiber

A high fiber diet will help your liver remove waste from your body.  Lack of fiber will cause toxins and fat to be re-absorbed back into the bloodstream and returned to the liver to be cleansed again.   This overworks your liver resulting in poor liver function.

3. Drink Water

Water flushes toxins and transports nutrients.  Aim for half your ideal weight in ounces of water each day.  If your natural body weight is 140 pounds, aim to drink 70 ounces of water. Filter your water; chlorine and fluoride are hard on your liver.

  • Drink 16-20 ounces in the morning when you wake up to flush out toxins.
  • Drink a large glass of water a half hour before a meal to pre-hydrate the stomach’s natural buffer layer; this invites the stomach to make more hydrochloric acid allowing more complete digestion.

4. Exercise Gently and Regularly

Sun Salutation To Reduce Stress and Refresh Your Body

Enjoy gentle exercise like walking, yoga, or swimming instead of hard exercises that cause stress. Start your day with a few Sun Salutations. This simple yoga sequence purifies the blood and improves blood circulation throughout the system. It ensures proper functioning of the stomach, bowel, liver and nerve centers. Flexibility is a sign of good liver function.

5. Practice Stress Reduction

Stress causes inflammation, excess cortisol and impairs blood flow. It also contributes to liver cell death by releasing harmful rogue cells. I recommend a daily meditation practice for health and happiness. Scientific research shows when you meditate, your breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall. If I told you there was a pill to do this would you take it? If I told you, you had to sit for 5-10 minutes quietly to ingest this pill, would you? So here it is your magic pill. Read how to properly meditate here. Tapping is another one of my favorite tools. Click to find out more about tapping.

6. Herbs

Milk thistle and dandelion root are especially good for liver health.

  • Scientific research shows Milk Thistle to be a powerful detoxifier. It helps rebuild liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed through the liver.
  • The powerful nutrients in dandelions help to cleanse and aid the liver (and entire digestive system) by helping maintain the proper flow of bile.

7. Limit Alcohol

I’m not saying you should never drink. I find drinking a glass of wine to be a delightful experience. But since the liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol drinking in moderation preserves your liver’s energy to work on filtering your blood and other rebuilding activities.

Bonus Tips 

Scream At The Top of Your Lungs While Tapping

Do this in a place where nobody will think you’re crazy like in your car or shower.  The sound of shouting connects with the energy of the liver as the energy naturally rises up and out. Afterwards, it is helpful to breathe deeply to bring the energy back down and it let go of more tension and stress in your body. Then ask yourself “what do I really want?”

Body Brushing Your Legs

Use a body brush on your legs. Brush gently up the insides of your thighs and calves, starting at the ankles for about five minutes.  This stimulates your Liver Meridian, allowing your Qi to flow more freely and relaxing your liver.

In conclusion, now that you know how important your liver is, I hope you follow these tips to keep it in balance.

If you want to give your body a rest and allow your natural self-cleansing and self-healing processes to activate, I invite you to join us in the Nourishing Foods Natural Liver Cleanse, April 23-27, 2018. A short natural cleanse is the perfect way to hit the reset button and start on a path to a healthier, happier, more vibrant life!

All these principles are laid out for you in an easy format with a protocol that includes delicious recipes, powerful transformational practices and body care techniques that make cleansing a gentle rewarding experience.

Come and join us to Restore Your Liver.  Your body will thank you.  Click HERE for more information and to sign up.


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