LOVING YOUR LIVER: LIVE LONG, LOVE LONG
Presented here by Bahay Kalipay Detox & Yoga Retreat
What does our liver do? http://www.thelifetree.com/livercleanse.htm
– detects contaminants, food particles and other minute particles by filtering them out, preventing them from entering the bloodstream
– breaks down environmental and external toxins that invade our body
– processes drugs absorbed from the digestive tract into forms that are easier for the body to use
– detoxifies and excretes substances that are poisonous to the body
– converts food into chemicals necessary for life and growth
– manufactures and exports important substances used by the rest of the body
– symptoms of liver dysfunction: headaches, mental confusion, muscle pain, fatigue, poor coordination, nerve problems, skin irritations, emotional imbalances caused by overexposure to toxins
What is the gallbladder?http://www.gallbladderattack.com/gallbladder.shtml
– a small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile, stores it in larger quantities when a meal is eaten (hormones are triggered which allows the bile to enter the small intestine, where fats are broken down and emulsified)
What is bile?
– bile is a bitter, greenish-brown fluid that consists of cholesterol, lecithin, calcium, bile salts, acids and waste materials that is made and secreted by the liver sent through the bile duct to the duodenum (small intestine) and to the gallbladder
What are the main functions of bile?
– bile is required for the digestion of food, it breaks down the fats that you eat so that your body
can utilize them; without adequate bile you do not metabolize your fats well which can result in
a deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and you may also have problems digesting the essential fatty acids (symptoms-excessive burping that starts shortly after eating a meal that has fat in it, feeling of nausea, excessive gas and bloating)
– bile is a very powerful antioxidant which helps to remove toxins from the liver which filters the toxins (bacteria, viruses, drugs or other foreign substances the body doesn’t want) and sends them out via the bile (via the colon with waste matter)
– a healthy liver produces about a quart to a quart and a half of bile daily.
– Dysfunctions: constipation, blockage of the bile duct is caused by gallstones, which prevents the bile from being transported to the intestine, the active ingredient in the bile (bilirubin) instead accumulates in the blood; in time, bile hardens and gallstones form (jaundice)
- The duodenum is largely responsible for the breakdown of food in the small intestine using enzymes.
* When the bile salts and cholesterol become imbalanced, gallstones can form.
What are gallstones? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153981.php
– lumps or stones that develop in the gallbladder or bile duct
– some of the chemicals which exist in the gallbladder (cholesterol, calcium bilirubinate, and calcium carbonate) harden into either one large stone or many small ones
– calcified bile usually surrounding a parasite or bacteria in an attempt to destroy bacteria can be a breeding ground for further infection
Two types of gallstones:
- Cholesterol gallstones – these may form if there is too much cholesterol in the bile
- Pigment gallstones – these form when the bile has too much bilirubin (more common among patients who have liver disease, infected bile tubes or blood disorders
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
- Pain on the right-hand side of the body, just below the ribs
- Pain in the right shoulder
- Back pain
- Biliary colic – Sometimes the gallstones may pass down through the bile duct into the duodenum. When this happens the patient may experience biliary colic – a painful condition.
- Jaundice – If the gallstone leaves the gallbladder and gets stuck in the bile duct it may block the passage of bile into the intestine. The bile will then seep into the bloodstream and the patient will show signs of jaundice – the skin and the whites of the eyes will become yellow.
- Pancreatitis – If a small gallstone passes through the bile duct and blocks the pancreatic duct, or causes a reflux of liquids and bile into the duct, the patient may develop pancreatitis.
What causes gallstones?
- Overweight/obese people, especially women
- People who have recently lost lots of weight
- Intentionally losing weight and then regaining it may increase men’s risk for gallstones later in life
- Women taking oral contraceptives
- Women undergoing high-dose estrogen therapy
- People with a close relative who has had gallstones
- A study revealed that a gene variant significantly increases the risk of developing gallstones
- People whose intake of dietary fat is high
- Twice as many women get gallstones than men
- People over 60 years of age
- People who take statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs)
- People with diabetes
THE LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FLUSH
Intentions of the flush:
- To easily clear gravel, stones and sand from the gall bladder, liver and adjoining ducts and vessels, improving overall health and well-being
- To release emotional debris that inhibits personal transformation and our birthright of accessing our joy
- To balance body-mind-spirit, freeing us to live a life in our complete confidence and power
Benefits of the flush:
– cleans the gallbladder (our body contains 6 cups of bile which is what we need to digest food)
– flushes out hardened layers of undigested cholesterol, minerals, and salt that form gallstones and stones accumulated through years of taking in heated fats, packaged foods, and cooked foods
– clears the impacted cholesterol, calcified bile salts, fats, starches and other toxins from the gallbladder, liber and bile ducts (after several flushes)
– restores functioning of all organs
– improves overall digestion
– once a month for 2 consecutive months for beginners
– maintenance: once every 6 months