I've learned the hard way how important it is to have a healthy liver. At the end of my last pregnancy (17 years ago) my liver was failing. I noticed the last few weeks that my stools were white but didn't think much about it because I was pregnant and when you're pregnant, your body just does weird things. After I had my son and was in my hospital room, my doctor along with other doctors came in and started asking how much Tylenol I take and had I been drinking alcohol, etc. That's all that conventional doctors know that causes liver failure. They also don't know how to rejuvenate your liver, they will just say you need a transplant. I know it's not their fault. All they teach them in medical school is to hand out medication and do surgeries. They don't learn how to use food and herbs to heal our bodies and keep our bodies healthy.
A friend introduced me to natural medicine. She helped me research natural cures for liver disease and we found that Milk Thistle can actually help the liver to regenerate and heal itself. After taking Milk Thistle for a month, I went to the doctor and had my liver enzymes checked. The doctor was shocked that my liver was improving. I told him what I was doing and he had never heard of it before but agreed that it seemed to be working. After 2 months of taking Milk Thistle my liver enzymes were NORMAL. I continued to take Milk Thistle off and on for a few years, but life got crazier and crazier and I actually forgot all about it for awhile. Then in 2011 after feeling so bad for so long I went to the doctor and had bloodwork done which showed, among other things, that my liver was in bad shape again. That's when I knew that I had to take charge of my health if I wanted to be here to see my future grandchildren.
Here's what I have learned after lots of research on our livers. The liver is the largest solid organ in the body. It has many functions including production of bile that is required to digest food properly; stores extra sugar & converts it into glucose for energy; produces blood clotting factors; processes & stores iron necessary for red blood cell production; converts waste products into urine; metabolizes medications into their active ingredient; and numerous other functions.
As you can see, a healthy liver is crucial to good health. The American diet of fast food, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, chemicals and the numerous medications handed out by American doctors damage our livers. America is the unhealthiest country and that is very sad. Americans outnumber all other countries in people with diabetes, obesity, heart disease, strokes, etc. Americans eat the least amount of vegetables and fruits of any other country. My daughter in law is from Colombia. She told me that when they moved to America, they were shocked by how "fake" our "food" is and how few vegetables and fruits Americans eat. In Colombia their diet is mainly vegetables, fruits, rice, chicken and seafood. They don't eat fast food or out of boxes or plastic bags.
In order to keep your liver healthy avoid processed foods, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Eat more vegetables and fruits and drink plenty of good water. NOT TAP WATER! Tap water is loaded with toxins and chemicals. I won't even get into all of that now. The best foods for your liver are dark green veggies, garlic, grapefruit, lemons, beets, carrots, avocados, walnuts, cabbage, turmeric, olive oil & green tea. If you have been eating a diet full of processed foods and/or fast foods or if you feel like you just need to reboot your liver, try taking Milk Thistle. It's cheap, about $7-$15 a bottle and can be found at any health food store or online. The only warning I have ever found about Milk Thistle is that it is a member of the ragweed, marigold, daisy family, so if you are allergic to those, you might not be able to take Milk Thistle.
Final thought, God created our bodies and God provided us with the food that our bodies need to stay healthy. God did NOT make aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, splenda, artificial colors & dyes, preservatives, etc. When we set our minds to eat the way that God intended for us to eat, it is amazing how good we can feel. It took me over forty years and having to be so sick and in so much pain that I could barely walk or function, before I finally "got it". I am amazed at how good I feel now. I don't eat "perfect" all the time. I splurge once or twice a week, but never twice in one day or two days straight. I try to eat "clean" at least 85% of the time. I love sausage biscuits & hot dogs, so I allow myself one now & then, but I make sure that it the only "bad" thing I eat that day.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013,