Do you have a sluggish liver?

Spring has finally arrived! This is an excellent time to use acupuncture and detox to improve liver health! For appointment in the Glenageary clinic call 087-2140064.

Use this checklist to test the state of your liver! If you tick yes to more than 5, now is the time to cleanse the liver!

Do you suffer from:

1 Fatigue   2 Inflammation   3 Dark circles   4 Itchy skin

5 Uneven skin tone, brown spots, pigmentation

6 Difficulty losing weight that is above your waistband   7 A coated tongue

8 Broken capillaries on your cheeks   9 Headaches and foggy brain

10 Burping/indigestion/heartburn

11  Pressure or pain under the right ribcage, right shoulder or shoulder blade.

12  Neck pain and stiffness that is hard to resolve and might present with a pronounced bump at the base of the neck. This may be from an unhealthy fat pad and/or from misaligned vertebrae, both issues can come from suboptimal liver function.

  1. A pattern of waking at night between 2 and 4 am. You might feel irritable, agitated or even notice your heart rate is a little higher at this time as well.
  2. A difficult perimenopause or menopause
  3.  Moodiness/irritability

If you have scored more than five, you might find that you feel a little down in the dumps, your energy may be low and your skin may be giving you problems.

By following the suggestions below for even 10 days you will notice a huge change in mood, energy and appearance!

15 ways to improve a sluggish/fatty liver!

1          Drink ten glasses of water daily!

2          Drink 8 ounces of raw vegetable juice every day (beetroot, spinach, apple, lemon,

ginger)

3          Eat lots of garlic, onions and broccoli since these foods contain sulfur that is required to increase enzyme activity that boosts liver cleansing. Without adequate levels of sulfur, the phase 2 of liver detoxification cannot keep pace with level 1, meaning that many toxins can become MORE dangerous in your body.

4         Avoid eating large meals.  Instead, eat small meals made up of plenty easy-to-digest foods.

5         Eat steamed vegetables, raw salad greens, raw fruits, and bitter greens.  The bitter greens, especially, help to cleanse the liver.

6         Eat whole, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds for their essential fatty acids as well as their usable protein.

7         Avoid eating heavy, fatty foods since they just create more work for the liver. Avoid margarine, shortening or commercial oils or any foods made with them.

8         Avoid eating for at least three hours before bedtime to allow the liver adequate time during the night to perform its many functions, unimpeded by other bodily processes like digestion.

9          Significantly reduce refined sugar and avoid synthetic sweeteners altogether.

10       Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to avoid any deficiencies.  The liver depends on many nutrients to detoxify properly.  Even a single nutrient deficiency can be harmful.

11        Eat at least two apples per day and start the day with oats & blueberries.

12        Try to eat two heaped tablespoons of ground flaxseeds.  They bind to hormone receptor sites, preventing excess hormones including synthetic xenoestrogens from plastics and other chemicals, from floating around your bloodstream.  One of the liver’s five hundred jobs is to filter excess hormones.  By eating flaxseeds you are helping it function more effectively.  Flaxseeds can be sprinkled on cereal, toast, salads, or blended into smoothies.

13        Movement is key to liver health, walking and swimming are particularly good. Exercise several times a week, ideally outdoors in fresh air and ideally in the morning.

14        Use a therapeutic dose of milkthistle, dandelion and turmeric!

15         Use acupuncture to rebalance liver health.

 

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