Love Your Liver

Source: Bernard Jensen International Monthly Newsletter
JULY/AUGUST 2014 By Ellen Tart-Jensen

The liver is a miraculous organ indeed! If we want to truly live, we must learn to love and take care of our liver. It works with the gallbladder and bile ducts to perform the functions of the biliary system to help the body rid itself of wastes and process fats. Weighing from two to three pounds, the liver is a reddish brown color and shaped like a cone. It occupies the upper right abdominal cavity just beneath the diaphragm and has two main lobes. Its base touches the stomach, right kidney and intestines. Tucked underneath and attached to the liver is the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small sack shaped like a pear.

Functions of the Liver and Gallbladder

The remarkable liver has many functions that are vital to the body. About one quarter of the heart’s output of oxygenated blood flows in to the liver via the hepatic artery. In the liver, the artery divides into many branches to provide oxygen to all the livercells. Blood carrying such nutrients asfats and glucose from the intestines and spleen enters the liver through theportal vein. Blood exits the liverthrough the hepatic vein carrying carbon dioxide and plasma proteins. Bile is produced in the liver and passed to the gallbladder by means of a tube called the cystic duct where it is stored. The liver produces important proteins for blood plasma. One of these is albumin which regulates the exchange of water between blood and tissues. Another is globin which is apart of the oxygen carrying pigment called hemoglobin. Others complement a group of proteins thatplay an important part in the body’s defense system against infection. The liver produces cholesterol and special proteins that help transport fats around the body. Blood levels of amino acids which are thebuilding blocks of proteins are regulated by the liver. After a meal, some are converted to glucose, some to protein and others to urea which is passed out of the body through thekidneys and excreted in the urine. Glucose, (a form of sugar) that is not required immediately by the body’s cells, is stored by the liver as glycogen. When the body needs heat or energy, the liver converts the glycogen back to sugar and releases it into the bloodstream. The liver works together with thekidneys to help cleanse the blood of drugs, nicotine, caffeine, chemicals and preservatives. A healthy liver absorbs these poisonous substances, changes their chemical structure so that they arewater-soluble and excretes them in the bile. The bile carries waste products away from the liver and is stored in the gallbladder until it is needed to emulsify fats in the duodenum or first partof the small intestine. The gallbladder contracts and expels bile into the duodenum as soon as food has been sent thereby the stomach. It isimportant for women to understand that the liver processes estrogen. When the estrogen is not processed properly, women may have an excess of estrogen in the body. This can cause all of the symptoms of PMS such as bloating, water retention, weight gain, irritability, headaches, anxiety, hypoglycemia causing sugar cravings, an increase in prolactin ahormone that can cause depression, an increase in inflammatory prostaglandinswhich can cause pain, and cramping of the smooth muscles of the uterus. Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, sugar, fried foods, fast foodsand foods high in hormones such as beef and milk can hinder the liver in its job of processing estrogen and create premenstrual symptoms.

Foods and Herbs That Strengthen the Liver and Gallbladder

Foods that are very strengthening as well as cleansing for the liver are foods high in iron such as the bitter greens including mustard greens, kale, turnip greens, collards, beet tops,endive lettuce, parsley, arugula, cilantro and broccoli rabe. Other foods that are high in iron and nourishing for the liver are bitter greens, apples, beets, dark cherries,prunes, figs and raisins. (If you have candida, avoid dried fruits.) There are several herbs that helpthe liver tremendously. Milk thistle is a bitter tonic and high in silymarin, a constituent that helps protect theliver against some of the most virulent liver toxins. Milk
thistle also helps to heal hepatitis Aand B and cirrhosis of the liver. Milk thistle has proven to lower fatty deposits in the livers of animals. The Oregon grape root stimulates the flow ofbile through the liver and gallbladder. The herb called burdock is high in iron and other minerals and helps the liver by cleansing and filtering the blood. Yellow dock root is also high in iron. It helps to decongest the liver and fight most inflammatory ailments ofthe liver and gallbladder. The wormwood herb is very effective against hepatitis and jaundice and also kills parasites. Celandine has been used todecongest the liver, treat hepatitis and jaundice and dissolve gallstones. Dandelion root tea has cured some of the worst cases of hepatitis. Turmeric helps the liver to process estrogenand balance hormones so is very useful for those suffering from premenstrual symptoms.

Cleansing the Liver and Gallbladder

There are many ways to cleanse theliver and gallbladder, but I never recommend cleansing the liver until thebowel has been cleansed so the liver can have a place to dump its toxinsinto. If the bowel is toxic and youstart cleansing the liver, the body will suffer from toxic overload which cancause headaches, nausea and even vomiting as the body tries to find a way toget rid of the liver toxins. When thebowel is clean, it can work more efficiently to carry the toxins from the liver out of the body through the rectum. Ialso feel that an individual should have guidance from an experienced health practitioner when undertaking their first liver/gallbladder cleanse. If you would like to begin cleansing the colon as well as the liver and gallbladder, avoid foods fried in fat (olive oil is o.k.), alcohol, nicotine, sugar, white flour, pasteurizedmilk and milk products that are high in hormones, salt and processed foods. Eat only steamed vegetables (include the bitter greens), vegetable soups, salads with lemon juice and olive oil, steamedor baked squashes of all types, gluten free whole grains such as millet,quinoa, buckwheat, and brown rice for seven to 10 days. Lemon juice and oliveoil help to dissolve gallstones. Drink cleansing teas such as Oregon grape, dandelion leaf and root, yellow dock, burdock and milk thistle. Use my LiverCleansing Recipe below for breakfast each morning.

Take two Natural Release at night to support good peristalsis. Take Sun Food that contains bitter greens including chlorella and also beet root, 2, 3x perday. Chlorella is a fresh water green algae that absorbs toxins from the liver, colon and blood and helps to sweepthe colon clean. Beets are very cleansing, toning, and strengthening for the liver and gallbladder. Use Digest-It, 2 with each meal to make sure your foods are digesting well. Take 2 Preolac at night to provide excellent probiotics. If you will follow this program, you will do a splendid job of cleansing your colon and your miraculous liver and gallbladder!

Supplement Program to Support Liver Cleanse
2 Sun Food with each meal, 2 DiGest-It with each meal, 2 Preolac at night before bed, 2 Natural Release at night before bed.

Liver Colon Cleansing Breakfast Smoothie
Put in blender: 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened Juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime1 TBS. extra virgin olive oil1 cucumber peeled and chopped1 hand full of mixed greens1 apple with peeling chopped1inch thick slice of red beet, raw 15 almonds soaked overnight 1 Table spoon chia seeds soaked overnight Blend well and drink each morning. This smoothie is delicious and great supportfor liver, blood, and colon.

Best wishes for great health!

Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen

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