8 ways to strengthen your liver

8 ways to strengthen your liver

A weak liver weakens the whole body reducing metabolism, increasing blood fats like cholesterol and triglycerides, weaking the immune system and increasing inflammation; here are 8 proven ways to strengthen your liver and thus strengthen your whole body. 


The CANCERactive Liver detox and cleanse

Here we offer you a number of ways to clean your liver, by reducing the fat levels in it, and thus getting your liver and pancreas back to a healthy state and improving the health of your whole body.  We have covered a number of studies in the past year or so showing that a fatty liver is linked with high levels of LDL and triglycerides in the blood stream. In turn this has been linked with increased cancer progression - for example, in studies with prostate, breast and lung cancer carried in Cancer Watch on this website.

Go to: Saturated fat and cancer progression

 
The liver is the most important and productive organ in your body for your health. And your liver and your pancreas control so many vital functions. If you want to understand the problems that can beset your liver ...

 
Much is written on the Internet about Liver cleanses and liver detoxes and most of it is complete rubbish. So, in this article we will concern ourselves with methods proven to deliver.

1. The juice fast
 
UK Professors Roy Taylor and Mike Lean have been reversing Type-2 diabetes using a juice fast. Here people consumed 600 calories of non-starchy vegetable juice per day, alongside 200 calories of whole, but non-starchy vegetables.
 
In their first clinical trial of 11 people, the quickest to reverse their Type-2 diabetes took just 11 days, the slowest 56. Similar results were then seen in a 300 person clinical trial, where almost 50% of people on the fast across a 12 month period reversed their type-2 diabetes, even though some of them had had the disease for almost 15 years.

Go to: Professors defat liver and pancreas and reverse diabetes
 
The most interesting point made by the two Professors was that they were trying to de-fat the liver. They said that everybody had a fat threshold in their liver, and if the fat rose above that threshold, levels then went up in the blood stream, causing fat to become wrapped around the pancreas, poisoning that organ too. Their simple aim was to reverse the process.

If you first de-fat the liver, then the pancreas follows, according to Taylor. Clean the liver, and you clean the pancreas – and insulin production restarts. What is interesting if you have cancer, is that next to the cells that make insulin are cells that make pancreatic enzymes, and these are thought by many to have the potential to correct cancer stem cells. 
 
2. Fasting

Ayurvedic medicine has long used fasting as ‘starter’ to cancer treatment. 3-5 days of a complete (water only) fast reduces blood sugar and insulin levels to zero and stops cancer progression. Profesor Valter Longo of UCLA is an expert in the benefits of fasting and has shown that the immune system ‘reboots’ at the end of a fast. Research is also clear that fasting makes chemotherapy and radiotherapy more effective.

Go to: Fasting as a cancer cure
 
In America it is no surprise to see cancer patients using a combination of the two ‘fasts’.
 
So, start with a 3-5 day water-only fast (although some people also drink dandelion tea). Then consume one juice of non-starchy vegetables for the next 3 days; then two juices for 3 days; then three juices for 3 days; then for the next 3 days take three juices, but also start to eat non-starchy vegetables.  Thereafter, it’s up to you. You’re at day 15 and between there and returning to a full diet should be a gradual process at your own speed.

3. The American Liver Society cleanse

The Official view from America is to start cleaning your liver by avoiding the things that poison it - like smoking, alcohol and fatty foods. It is rather surprising that they did not mention drugs. 

The ALS then proposes that your daily cleanse is:

Step 1 is drinking lemon juice in luke warm water,
Step 2 is juicing and eating organic fruits,
Step 3 is eating raw, or juicing organic vegetables,
Step 4 is drinking 8 pints of clean bottled water
Step 5 is taking a milk thistle supplement
Step 6 is ending with more lemon juice in water an hour before bedtime. 

They add that you should not need to do this for more than 2-3 days.

4. The French ‘crise de foie’
 
The French and the Italians worry about their livers. They can feel ‘livery’ and decide it is time to quit their salami, cheese and red wine diet for something a little healthier. (Remember Andrews Liver Salts?)
 
They may take supplements of milk thistle and magnesium, drink infusions of dandelion tea, and eat artichokes and black radish as a part of a light vegetable-only diet. (Both milk thistle and dandelion have been shown to have epigenetic, cancer-correcting properties.)
 
They will do that for a week or so before returning to their old ways!
 
5. Epsom Salts
 
I have always felt that doing coffee enemas was time consuming and required too much effort and time out of a day in the life of a cancer patient. Equally, the William Kelley Liver Cleanse (later ‘popularised’ by Dr. Hulda Clark) seemed rather extreme; and there is debate that the olive oil content is excessive and may even be responsible for the fat globules released. 

Far more sensible to combine the most relevant elements of the above two routes, and also have a wonderful Rainbow Diet salad covered in lots of extra virgin olive oil around 8 pm. Follow this about 45 minutes later with a good tablespoon of Epsom Salts in lukewarm water. (Reason? It doesn’t dissolve very well.)
 
Down this in one. (Reason? It tastes foul.)
 
Yes, you will need a toilet for a short while the next morning, but it is all over quickly. It is not just your gut discharging; it is your liver. 
 
Epsom Salts is primarily magnesium sulphate. Your liver responds to magnesium. Beware though - Epsom Salts comes in two forms. Large chunks for your bath water, which can draw toxins rom the body; and small sea-salt size crystals that are edible. It’s the latter you need. 
 
Get them from any chemist – a tub is cheap and you only do the Epsom Salts flush once a month, so the tub lasts a year. One flush is about 10 pence. It is a traditional remedy that works.
 
6. Take Lycopene

This is a natural compound found in tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes release it more easily. You can supplement and, when doing so, should take the supplement with a little olive oil. Lycopene is an antioxidant but has other proven qualities. Not least it reduces total cholesterol in the blood stream, particularly LDL. Indeed, it seem to slightly raise good cholesterol. 

Research has shown that a 25 mg supplement reduces total cholesterol by 10%. This is well worth looking into.

Go to: Is Lycopene better than statins?

7. Dealing with a parasite or yeasts
 
Parasites (and even yeasts) can cause problems with your liver. Chris Woollams has recently created his own herbal parasite killer. In fact it is a 3-in-1 - it kills parasites, it kills yeasts and it cleans the colon. All of these actions will help the liver. It is called ParaFree Plus. It uses only all-natural herbs. An 8 week programme will kill off any parasites in your body not just your liver, while other herbs will help you properly reduce fat and cleanse your liver and colon. 

There is even the perfect probiotic to go with it – Chris Woollams’ Probio8 Max. Chris specified exactly the bacteria he wanted to beat the acidity in the stomach and then do the maximum corrective job possible.

 
8. Supplements to help your liver
 
Milk thistle, curcumin, alpha lipoic acid and fish oils are a good place to start - there's research on each. 
 
 
Strengthening your liver and, thus, your body
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