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Detox and Heal Your Liver with Herbs and Yoga

Liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It processes our hormones, contributes to proper digestion, cleanses the body of toxins, and many other important duties. 

Our liver breaks down the group of hormones known as the steroid hormones which include:
 • Aldosterone which controls the balance of the minerals sodium and potassium and water in the body
• The sex hormones which control our sex life and body shape
• Cortisone which controls the immune system

If the liver is not efficient at breaking down these hormones they can accumulate in the body and cause hormonal imbalances.

If aldosterone is not broken down efficiently this can result in fluid retention and many women find this is a problem. Fluid retention can lead to uncomfortable puffiness, an aggravation of cellulite and weight gain. It can also raise the blood pressure.

The liver also has a relationship with the hormone insulin, which is very important when it comes to your metabolism and tendency to gain weight. Insulin is made in the pancreas gland and regulates the metabolism of fats and carbohydrate. 

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A good cleansing regimen, will cleanse and support vital organs, such as heart, kidneys, blood, digestive and nervous systems. It will help balance the hormones and it will also do wonderful things for your spirit!

Imbalanced emotions also play a part in polluting our system with excess chemicals such as free radicals, homocysteine and cortisol.

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It is vital to consume lots of water, with lemon is ideal, and get fresh air to flush these toxins out of your system.

DANDELION ROOT: Dandelion Root can be made into a bitter tea (don't sweeten it, the bitterness is how it works –you'll get used to it) as an excellent tonic for the liver and blood purifier.

Dandelion roots are very high in vitamins and minerals. The common dandelion is an unusually nutritious food. Its leaves contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. Worldwide, the root of the dandelion has been used for the treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder problems. Other historical uses of the root and leaves include the treatment of breast diseases, water retention, digestive problems, joint pain, fever, and skin diseases. The most active constituents in dandelion appear to be eudesmanolide and germacranolide, substances unique to this herb.

Water should be a very important part of any detoxification program. Distilled water is best. 6-8 eight ounce glasses a day. 

Glutathione is an important detoxification compound. Vitamin C is the most cost-effective way of raising Glutathione levels. Take 1,000 mg three times a day.

Taking Silymarin, (70 to 210 mg three times per day) the flavonoid complex from Milk Thistle is a well-researched way to improve liver function.

Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of water-soluble fiber supplement at night before bed.

Powdered Psyllium, Seed husks, or Oat Bran is suggested.

Eating a diet that focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are extremely important.

Fasting is one of the fastest ways to increase elimination of wastes and enhance the healing process of the body. Go on a three day fast, four times per year (fasting at the change of the seasons is a good rule to remember).

Green Whole Foods such as Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, and Klamath Blue Green Algae are important for detoxing. These ingredients contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all ofthe vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These necessities are bio-available which means that they are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies' instant access to vital nutrients.

Try the following routines to help with detox and healing:

Weekend Mono-diet:

This consists of a full weekend of relying on a single food such as grapes, apples, pears (best choice if you have a history of allergy problems), brown rice, millet, or even potatoes (boiled only).

Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies
They relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through its healing process.

Try Yoga Pose for Sexual Potency and Digestion and Yoga to increase abdominal fire and purify the entire system of toxins.

Yogic breath exercise

The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced.

This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.

Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.

Sit up, with your back straight in any position.

Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise.

Exhale completely through your mouth.

Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

Hold your breath for a count of seven.

Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight.

Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day.

You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice.

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  1. Hey, first time reader here, love the post!

    Do you have a source on that the exercise has a profound effect on the nervous system, or is it something you have learned from experience?

  2. Thanks for reading! I listed few sources below including Harvard researcher Herbert Benson and a physician Esther Sternberg.

    Esther Sternberg is a physician, author of several books on stress and healing, and researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health. According to her, research has shown that breathing exercises like these can have immediate effects by altering the pH of the blood, or changing blood pressure.

    But more importantly, they can be used as a method to train the body's reaction to stressful situations and dampen the production of harmful stress hormones. She says rapid breathing is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. It's part of the "fight or flight" response — the part activated by stress.

    In contrast, slow, deep breathing actually stimulates the opposing parasympathetic reaction — the one that calms us down

    "The relaxation response is controlled by another set of nerves — the main nerve being the Vagus nerve. Think of a car throttling down the highway at 120 miles an hour. That's the stress response, and the Vagus nerve is the brake," says Sternberg. "When you are stressed, you have your foot on the gas, pedal to the floor. When you take slow, deep breaths, that is what is engaging the brake."

    Harvard researcher Herbert Benson coined the term "The Relaxation Response" in 1975 with a book of the same name. In it, Benson used scientific research to show that short periods of meditation, using breathing as a focus, could alter the body's stress response.

    Harvard researcher Herbert Benson coined the term "The Relaxation Response" in 1975 with a book of the same name. In it, Benson used scientific research to show that short periods of meditation, using breathing as a focus, could alter the body's stress response.

    In his new book, Relaxation Revolution, Benson claims his research shows that breathing can even change the expression of genes. He says that by using your breath, you can alter the basic activity of your cells with your mind.

    1. Excellent, thank you for your reply. I've come across the idea of activating the parasympathetic nervous system as a way to manage anxiety before, through cold water therapy. I tried that for a while, turns out it works if I'm really determined but it's far from pleasant. Controlling my breath seems more civilized. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Good post! Thanks!


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