This Lucy and Ethel video clip is hilarious and an awesome parallel to our liver at work today.
Check it out and I dare you not to laugh!
One of my teachers, Andrea Nakayama at the Functional Nutrition Lab, likens this video to our liver and how it is designed to function as an organ of detoxification…. when it can keep up with what is coming in that is. As things come into the liver it breaks them down, packages them, sends them on their way or stores them until later. All good. Until the rate at which things are coming in is too great to keep up and things back up, overflow, and cause all sorts of symptoms including headaches, skin breakouts, brain fog, fatigue, sensitivity to smells, and more.
We are innately designed to detoxify our environment and metabolic byproducts all day every day. However, today we need to nourish these organs and processes unlike our ancestors had to because
- 1- The amount of toxins and chemicals coming into our bodies have increased exponentially in the last 75 years
- 2-The quality of our food and nutrients have decreased. We need specific plant nutrients, or phytochemicals, for our detox organs to function properly and our foods have less of them today plus we are eating significantly less fiber in general which we also need to excrete toxins
- 3- our lifestyle no longer supports our body’s innate ability to detoxify
- we get less sleep
- we have more daily stress keeping us in fight/flight and not rest/digest
- food is easily available 365 days a year 24 hours a day
- there are more inflammatory and processed foods
- we have less exposure to helpful microbes
- and more
We depend on our liver to detox our hormones and help keep them in balance, to store vitamins and release them when needed, to synthesize cholesterol, to help balance our blood sugar, to produce bile (breaks down fats), to filter our blood, to detox all chemicals and medications, for specific immune functions, and more! It can even regrow after up to 90% damage! What other organ can do that? None. We need it to function optimally everyday.
Many diseases and symptoms are associated with excess toxins in our body. According to Dr. Mark Hyman these symtpoms include: weight gain, skin problems, joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, pms, sleep problems, headaches, bloating, and many more. Diseases associated with excess toxicity are autism, parkinson’s, alzheimers, cancer, arthritis, fibromylagia, and many more.
So what can you do to help support your body’s natural ability to detox? Here are 10 ideas you can do starting today!
1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
2. Eat cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, and cabbage
3. Drink between 50-80 ounces of water a day depending on your weight and activity level
4. Eat loads of nutrients and phytochemicals from colorful fruits and vegetables
5. Eat loads of antioxidants especially in blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and purple grapes
6. Consume plenty of fiber every day to ensure the toxins are excreted. Make sure you are pooping at least 1x per day
7. Eat organic produce and wash all produce
8. Reduce exposure to environmental exposure (eliminate non stick pans, plastics, heavy metals, typical cleaning products, toxic chemicals in body care products, heavy metals in fish, drink filtered water, eliminate unnecessary Tylenol use, etc)
9. Stop eating at 7pm so your liver can rest as it is designed to do
10. Skip the bad fats! Good fats are awesome but skip the fried foods which contribute to oxidative damage and liver burden
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Bauman Colledge. Theurapuetic Nutrition Texbook
Nakayama, Andrea. Functional Nutrition Lab 2018
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