WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE THE LIVER
Before we dive right in, If you aren’t up to date head over to my previous blog post detailing the Liver Cleanse that I am currently doing. Today, I thought it might be helpful to explain what the big deal is with the liver. We all kinda know it’s a pretty important organ… but how important is the question.
On this cleanse, unless you saw an item on the INS list, well then it’s OUT. Everything in the cleanse is designed to detox the system. The deletion of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and so on rapidly aids the process, but the deeper aspects of detox all boils down to the liver.
One cannot understand how to repair the body without knowing about the liver – Elyane Brightlight
Did you know that the liver has more than 500 identified functions? Yep, it’s true. I was a little gobsmacked by that, honestly. It made me realise how little I acknowledge this small but mighty organ!
Three roles that the liver plays – all which are MAJOR to our health.
- The metabolism of fats, protein and carbs
- The manufacture and distribution of hormones
- Selection, detoxification and excretion
The liver produces bile which aids in the digestion of fats. It also secretes glucose, proteins, vitamins and fats used by the body. It stores and metabolises vitamins and produces anti-toxic substances. It also stores the all important Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron.
Our liver receives absorbed substances from the intestines where harmful and useful substances are identified. The baddies are detox via enzymatic action – the are often released through excretions (stools and urine).
The liver also aids in our immunity – secreting a protein that binds to harmful bacteria that have not been detected by a different component of the immune system. This process ensures that the bacteria is ‘noticed’ and destroyed.
Pretty impressive little organ, me thinks. But wait, there’s more!
A vital role is the liver’s release of glycogen or blood sugar into the bloodstream. This is absolutely necessary for our functioning, for energy – to do absolutely anything at all, including reacting quickly to stressful/dangerous situations to simply walking down the street. The biggest battle for the liver is that we tend to eat a surplus of certain foods (caffeine, refined carbs, sugar) that break down really quicky resulting into a HUGE release of glycogen from the liver into the bloodstream.
The body has a panic attack, not knowing what to do with this sugar in the blood. As a result, the pancreas throws insulin into the bloodstream to bring down the blood sugar and you feel flat again – Elyane Brightlight
It’s a constant yo-yo effect. The liver sends up the blood sugar, the pancreas drops it back down. Now you know why we feel so UP + down. So we are on this yo-yo/up-down/ping-pong effect all day. We gorge on a HUGE meal at night (when we least need it, the metabolism is slower after sundown and we do MUCH less in the evenings). We are wired and awake because the body has too much energy, which gets stored as fat and to top it off we wake up tired, sluggish and moody the next day.
The purpose of this cleanse is to give the liver a break from the overwhelming quantity of crap we send its way. It no longer has to deal with queue-jumpers (sugar, refined carbs, alcohol) and can actually do all it’s other (a few hundred!) vital functions.
I’m at day 7 of the cleanse and I’m almost ready to move into Plan B. Stay tuned to find out what’s involved and don’t forget to stay connected via facebook where I am only posting updates on how I’m tracking on this cleanse.
Saha to you,