The Inside Job
Giving the Liver the Attention it Deserves
by Raya Ioffe
he liver is a very busy organ. It filters the blood, cleans up old hormones, makes bile, aids in the digestion of fat, recycles and repackages old red blood cells and stores excess glucose in the form of glycogen. Supporting the body’s ability to process toxins on the inside the body is just as important as cleaning up toxins in the environment, and one of the major organs of detoxification responsible for this cleanup is the liver. Increased energy, glowing skin, allergy reduction, improved digestion and fewer headaches are just some of the benefits of supporting the liver and aiding in its detoxification. The liver cleans the blood after the digestive tract is done absorbing all the nutrients from food and before it circulates through the rest of the body. Just as with any filter, it needs a throughout cleaning. Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse our liver; even the dandelions and nettles are a reminder that it is time for spring cleaning this important organ. The liver can use support with one of it’s biggest roles; to disassemble unwanted chemical compounds and biotransform or detoxify them. There are two phases involved in liver detoxifica-
tion. Phase one comprises the breakdown, and phase two is the clearing. Some signs of someone that is a weak phase one detoxifier are sensitivity to caffeine, intolerance to perfume and reactivity to environmental chemicals such as fumes. There are certain food and nutrient sources that can be incorporated to make sure that the liver is being loved and supported. These substances are phase one helpers that aid the liver to break down toxic compounds: cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruits, limonene or lemon oil (found in the peel and oil from the lemon), vitamin C and B vitamins, particularly riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3). Broccoli and lemon recipes go a long way in loving the liver. A simple thank-you card will not do, but the liver will appreciate a weeklong vacation, castor oil packs and a little massage. Raya Ioffe, LMT,RYT is a certified holistic health coach who specializes in digestive health. She is owner of Raya Wellness, in Latham. For more information about her week-long liver cleanse, visit RayaWellness.com.
Four Simple Spring Liver Support Tips n Start the morning with a few reclined twists to wring out the liver and get some toxins and stagnation out. Lie on your back and hug the knees into the chest. Then, bring the arms out into a Tposition and drop the knees to the left, bring them back to center, and then release them to the right and return to center. Breathe through the nose. Continue this for one to two minutes.
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n Starting the day with a tall glass of water with a squeeze of lemon or lime in it is an amazing way to support the liver. n Sauté cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, or Brussels sprouts in a pan with some olive oil and garlic with one of the day’s meals. n Make a cup of dandelion tea in the afternoon; breathe deeply through the nose and sip away.
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