The heart may get credit as the hardest working organ, but the liver brings some serious competition. It obviously helps the body filter toxins like alcohol, but it’s also responsible for storing glucose, regulating blood sugar, breaking down hemoglobin (blood cells) and insulin, and converting ammonia into urea to keep our metabolism running. To put it simply, the liver is a vital organ.
Being the filter that it is, regular exposure to poisons like chemicals, alcohol, and drugs obviously lead to trouble. You don’t need to be an alcoholic to have liver problems though. Disorders like bulimia and binge eating lead to liver damage too. But even a normal person is at risk because of processed foods and common environmental pollutants. Minor cleanse or serious life change — these healing remedies can help livers of all kinds.
We have yet to hear cannabis oil to be proclaimed as the cure for cancer, but it most definitely has a place in building a healthier liver. College kids can attest to cannabis’s ability to promote appetite, relaxation, and sleep, but studies show that cannabis oil can reduce pain and inflammation, plus a myriad of other health benefits. Values (and government) may conflict with the use of cannabis oil, but there’s also another alternative available to us through cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil. Cannabis oil is certainly more potent, but CBD hemp oil contains the same cannabidiol compound that can reduce reduce liver inflammation, oxidative stress, and risk of toxicity.
Taking on a healthy diet is a critical step in healing the liver because it keeps new toxins out of the body. Quitting smoking and drinking and fast food aren’t enough though. Weeks, months, and years have led to an accumulation of damaging forces, so detoxing from drugs and alcohol (or toxic foods) is the only way to flush out the toxic buildup. Even though that might sound like a lot of work, that can be made easy thanks to adsorbers.
Heavy metals and free radicals pack free electrons that are notoriously destructive. Ironically enough, this quality is what makes it so easy for adsorbers to remove them. Because adsorbers are porous and have a negative charge, they’re able to bind with the positive-charged electrons of heavy metals and free radicals. Toxins are then removed from the body and flushed down the toilet.
Activated charcoal is one such adsorber, and that’s precisely why it’s a go-to for poisonings. British scientists are developing specialized charcoal capsules for liver disease, but activated charcoal alone can be a great aid in detoxifying and healing the liver. Bentonite clay is highly adsorptive as well, so a nice tall glass of clay water can work wonders for the body (read up on bentonites mineral content and you’ll be even more inclined to drink up).
A study from India explored the potential benefits of probiotics with liver disease (specifically liver cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy). Subjects followed a specific microbiotic protocol for 3 months , with the results showing that probiotics could be as effective (or better) than the standard treatment being prescribed. The microflora in our bodies play an important role in immunity, digestion, and absorption of nutrients. They can even help us rid ourselves of heavy metals. Traditional fermented foods are loaded with strains of probiotics, and they can be as simple as sauerkraut and pickles, or as unique as kombucha and kimchi. All of which can be made in the comforts of our own home.
Herbs made their way into the detox scene when a doctor famously used milk thistle to treat a group of people with severe mushroom poisoning. Milk thistle has been the go-to for liver detox every since.
Milk thistle is rich in liver-protective antioxidants called flavonoids. These antioxidants do an incredible job of protecting the liver from the destructive free radicals circulating through our body (thereby encouraging the liver to heal and repair). Milk thistle will most definitely do a liver good. Herbalist Kathi Keville also recommends dandelion, burdock, chamomile, licorice root, turmeric, and artichoke in detoxing and healing the liver.
Sources for this article include:
Cannabis Oil – Dr. Axe
The Effects Of Eating Disorders On The Body – Futures Of Palm Beach
Liver Disorders: Medical Marijuana Research Overview – Medical Marijuana Inc.
The Benefits Of Long-Term Drug Treatment – Ohio ARC
The New Cure For Liver Disease – Daily Mail
Probiotics Prevent Dangerous Complication Of Liver Disease – Natural Health 365
Fermented Foods Around The World – Biome360
Flavonoids And Related Compounds In NAFLD Therapy – PubMed