The liver is the largest gland in the body and the largest organ in the body.
When a person is at rest, approximately one-fourth of the body’s blood supply is in the liver.
Functions of the Liver
- The liver is the ‘chemical plant’ of the body — it receives the blood from the portal system (of veins) and converts the nutrients into usable products for the body
- Protein production and storage, as well as the control of the by-products of protein metabolism
- Formation of glucose from non-carbohydrates
- Conversion of glucose to glycogen
- Oxidation of fatty acids
- Synthesis of lipoproteins and proteins into fats
- Conversion of carbohydrates and proteins into fats
- Deamination of amino acids
- Storage of vitamins A, D, B-12, Iron
- Detoxification — it alters the composition of toxic substances in the body fluids
- Manufacturer of the body substances important to blood coagulation
- Destroys tired red blood cells and foreign substances in the blood by phagocytosis
- Secretion and manufacturer of bile and bile salts into the digestive system
Protecting Your Liver
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
- Avoid unnecessary use of prescription drugs. Even over-the-counter pain relievers can have toxic effects on the liver in moderately high doses.
- Consume a diet high in selenium found in plant food, Brazil nuts, tuna, meat, eggs, etc. Selenium helps proteins make important antioxidant enzymes that prevent cellular damage from free radicals.
- Avoid mixing pharmaceutical drugs, especially with alcohol.
- Avoid exposure to industrial chemicals whenever possible.
- Eat a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits; fruits are naturally cleansing.
- Nutritionals: Detoxzyme, Essentialzyme, and Ningxia wolfberry, which is widely used in China as a liver tonic and detoxifier.
Issues of the Liver
- Fatty liver — #1 cause is from consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Cholesterol deposits
- Skin pigment problems
- Hot sweats and chills
- Temperature up at night and low in the morning
- Headaches and dizziness
- Pain in the abdomen — also might register in the back
- Loss of appetite
- Watery stool or constipation
- Inability to keep still restless legs
- Pent-up resentment - EMOTION!
- Heartburn, tenderness in upper right abdomen
- Problems with decision-making
Functions of the Gallbladder
- The gallbladder is a pear-shaped bag which is located on the underside of the liver
- Holds bile until it is needed in the small intestine for fat digestion
- Removes sodium from bile and pumps it back into blood plasma
Single Essential Oils to Use Topically
Essential Oil Blends to Use Topically
GLF (gallbladder/liver flush)
Supplements to Support the Liver