1. Did you know your liver is one of the hardest-working organs in your body? The liver plays a crucial role in assisting the body to rid itself of toxins. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, produce the bile needed to digest fat, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins, minerals, and iron.
2. Learn about 3 powerful healing herbs used for centuries for supporting liver health. Each medicinal herb helps rejuvenate your liver from the inevitable lifestyle and environmental stressors that cause a bioaccumulation of toxins in the body.
3. Your body is designed to heal. An effective and sustainable liver detox involves the implementation of strategic nutrient and lifestyle changes. Learn how to cleanse the right way at the Energetic Health Institute. “There’s nothing like a great cleanse to help you recover & rediscover your health. We have yet to see a physical condition or emotional trauma a good cleanse couldn’t improve.” EHI.
Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to help prevent disease and aid in healing chronic health conditions. According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of the world’s population relies on traditional herbal medicine for primary health care. Today, more healthcare practitioners are recommending professional-grade herbal remedies as a necessary dietary supplement for disease prevention and as alternative/complementary medicine. (1) (2)
This article will explore the healing properties of Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, and Dandelion. Studies show these herbs assist in promoting and supporting the health of your liver. The liver is considered one of the body’s four most important internal organs; it is the principal organ that governs digestion, metabolism, nutrition, and growth. Yet, no organ is more challenged by the toxic realities of modern life, in which the assaults and injuries can come from many corners: stress, pesticides, processed foods, GMOs, food additives, drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, and environmental chemicals to name only a few contenders of toxic possibilities.
The liver is known as the master chemist of the bloodstream, which is the primary nourishing food source utilized by every cell, organ, and tissue in the body. Therefore, maintaining a good nutritional state, healthy digestion/metabolism, and the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system requires that we take good care of our liver.
Here are a few more interesting insights into why the liver is considered one of the most complex working organs in the body:
To ensure you receive the true healing spirit of any herb, the following recommendations should be taken into consideration: taking a professional-grade multivitamin in therapeutic range that supports mitochondrial energy production, maintaining an organic plant-based diet, and choosing a professional-grade supplement. By supporting mitochondrial energy production, you are on your way to increasing your vitality and therefore assisting your body to create a more balanced internal healing environment, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
“Give the body what it needs to produce energy…Only then can you see what herbal medicines really do!” Dr. Henley
Additionally, these herbs could trigger an allergy in individuals sensitive to Asteraceae family herbs such as daisies, chrysanthemums, or ragweed. Therefore, consult a trusted healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Otherwise, each of these healing herbs is considered gentle and safe when used as a tea, supplement, oil, or tincture.
“So, if I improve my diet, my mood will improve?” Essentially, yes!
Studies have shown that diet affects mental health from childhood into adulthood. Those whose diets were high in processed and takeout foods developed patterns linked to a higher risk for depression and anxiety over time. (1)(2)
Research also supports how the brain-gut relationship is directly linked to your digestion, mood, and thoughts. This connection is believed to contribute to both mental and physical health disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), pain, anxiety, and depression, to name a few. (3)(4)(5)(6)
One of the most important nutrients for your gut is fiber. Eating a high-fiber diet, allows the good gut bacteria to flourish. Fiber, a nutrient found only in plants, contains prebiotics which feed the friendly bacteria in the digestive system that aid in decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress. In addition to increasing healthy gut microbes, fiber assists in maintaining healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. (4)
Fiber is also responsible for helping to increase serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer, is a regulating chemical that is found in the brain, blood, intestines, and connective tissues of the human body. It allows you to feel happier, calmer, more focused, less anxious, and more emotionally stable. (2)(4)(6)
Research suggests that a healthy mind and gut comes from a diet that consists of 80-90% plant-based foods. According to Felica Jacka, PhD and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry, “We’re increasingly understanding that the gut is really the driver of health, including mental health, so keeping fiber intake high through the consumption of plant foods is very important.” (3)(4)(7)
Here are some high-fiber, mood-boosting foods to incorporate into your diet, as long as they do not contradict any food sensitivities: raspberries, legumes, collard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, avocados, spinach, peas, apples, pears, psyllium husk, and flax seed.
Since the early 1950s, scientists have been studying microalgae as a possible solution to hunger and malnutrition. Within the microalgae family there is Chlorella, Spirulina, and Blue Green Algae. Chlorella has been named the “Queen” as studies reveal it provides an amazing array of balancing and healing benefits that are more compatible to many different body types. (9)(10)
Chlorella, a fresh-water algae, is a health-boosting, nutrient-dense “superfood.” It is regarded as a complete protein providing 18 essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, beta glucan, chlorophyll, macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Chlorella is also a highly effective detoxifying and stress reducing nutrient. Research shows it contains the ability to absorb heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and metalloids such as arsenic. Thanks to Chlorella’s fiber content and ability to absorb heavy metals, it makes for a great natural way to detox the body. (10)(11)(12)
The effects of Chlorella are linked to the properties of its many components that work synergistically to offer an array of health benefits. (11)(13)
Aside from being a strong detoxifier and assisting in the body’s production of happy hormones like serotonin, research shows chlorella continues to support improved energy levels and immunity, reduce oxidative cell damage, and reduce the risk of diabetes, cognitive disease, heart problems, and cancer, to name a few. (14)
We can all agree that life is dependent on the act of breathing, correct? OK, good! But just how, exactly, does breathing assist in influencing our happiness?
Since the beginning of time, the practice of conscious breathing has been a part of ancient religious and spiritual traditions throughout the world. As the practice of conscious breathing evolved, studies began to emerge regarding meditation, the health benefits of mindful breathing, and its effects on the parasympathetic nervous system, drawing interest from Western society. (15)
Studies show that how we breathe can alter the state of our emotions via psycho-physiological changes in the brain-body interaction. Breathing patterns begin the shifting of one’s emotional state, breaking the hold of stress and negative emotions. (16)
Researchers at Yale University published a study called SKY Breath Meditation, a comprehensive series of breathing and meditation exercises. This study provided evidence-based results on how breathing techniques improved the mental wellbeing of its participants in six areas: positive emotions, mental health, social connectedness, stress levels, depression, and mindful benefits. (16)
Additionally, in a study with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have struggled with trauma, researchers found that not only did SKY Breath Meditation help to normalize their anxiety levels after just one week, but they also continued to experience the mental health benefits a full year later. (17)(18)
In a world flooded with negative news reports, it is empowering to know the pursuit of happiness is a state of being that is assisted by our nutritional choices and mindful breathing. A walk in nature is always an excellent mood enhancer as well! Great minds such as Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Buddha, for example, all agree that being in nature combined with mindful breathing is one of man’s best medicines.
So, on that note, I invite you to incorporate healthy nutritional choices into your daily regime and set aside a few minutes each day for intentional breathing. A meditation practice can be a great way to improve mental, emotional, and physical health. Or even take part in one of the most influential and oldest forms of physical fitness that is completely free, a good brisk walk! Doing any of these things will be a steppingstone to set yourself up for success. Start small and have fun doing it!
M. Moriah Mor, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, is the owner of GreenSilk.com. The company is committed to helping individuals live a healthier lifestyle through education, nutrition, the research of life science, and the development of Professional High-Grade Premium health products.
Recognized for her outstanding dedication and contributions to the health and wellness industry for more than 18 years, Moriah is a graduate of the Energetic Health Institute and the University of Southern California. Her interest is focused on researching the latest scientific breakthroughs in the holistic health field. She is currently working toward her Doctorate in Natural Medicine.
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