Your Unsung Hero

August 2011, Xtend-Life Expert

Summary

It’s the most under appreciated, forgotten and hard working organ in the body. Despite its key role. Weighing approx three pounds, it is the second largest organ in your body (your skin is the first). It performs more than 500 critical biological functions, processes everything you eat and drink, and purifies your blood of many dangerous toxins.

It’s the most under appreciated, forgotten and hard working organ in the body. Despite its key role.

Weighing approx three pounds, it is the second largest organ in your body (your skin is the first). It performs more than 500 critical biological functions, processes everything you eat and drink, and purifies your blood of many dangerous toxins.

When it is healthy, so are you. It keeps you nourished, energized, strong, active, and toxin-free.

When it’s tired and toxic you are tired, weak and old before your time.

You probably know that I’m talking about your liver. But did you know that when your liver needs help it can send you signals?

There are several main signs alerting you that your liver needs your help.

Your Liver’s Cries for Help

Unlike your joints, which shout out loud by aching, burning or creaking, your liver suffers in near silence.

To make diagnosis harder, indications that your liver is tired and overburdened are easy to confuse with the common signs of aging. For instance, you are likely to experience: low energy, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, foggy thinking, stubborn weight gain, stiff, aching, weak muscles, cholesterol and blood sugar imbalances and pasty, dull, saggy skin.

In addition, you may experience poor sleep, easy bruising and slow wound healing, brittle bones, kidney problems, fluid retention, and more.

On the other hand...

When Your Liver is Healthy, So are You. It:

  • Purifies your blood of dangerous toxins
  • Digests fats by making bile
  • Regulates your cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Your arteries remain clear and clog free.
  • Regulates your blood sugar levels by storing the right amount of sugar.
  • Energizes your body by releasing sugar and fat molecules -your two main sources of fuel.
  • Promotes healthy hormone balance, especially estrogen, testosterone and insulin, by synthesising and dispensing hormones into the bloodstream. The liver also expels unneeded hormones via the urine or bile.
  • Boosts your immune system by storing lymphocytes and natural “killer” cells to protect you against dangerous invaders.
  • Heals wounds by makings “clotting factors” to stop excessive bleeding.
  • Nourishes your body: It collects nutrients from your food, drink and supplements. Then, it processes and distributes them to your organs and cells.

How can you ensure your liver is functioning at its best?

How to Help Your Liver

The first step is to ensure your lifestyle and diet are healthy, balanced and as toxin free as possible. This also means avoiding as many liver medications or prescription drugs as possible which can worsen symptoms. Drinking at least 1 ½ litres of pure water daily helps to replace lost water and remove toxins from the kidneys and liver.

Secondly, natural supplementation using Total Balance and Omega 3/DHA Premium Fish Oil will greatly boost the health of all organs, reduce inflammation and toxicity and boost overall balance.

Total Balance also contains the liver enhancing milk thistle silymarin extracts, turmeric root extract, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Specifically:

  • Silymarin not only protects liver cells by preventing the actions of toxic substances, it also stimulates protein synthesis to accelerate the regeneration and production of liver cells.
  • Turmeric root extract helps the liver by boosting production of enzymes which digest sugar and fat. This helps to prevent excess fat build up - a source of dangerous inflammation for your liver and arteries.
  • ALA neutralizes toxins from over-the-counter and prescription drugs before they can damage your liver.
  • NAC works as a potent “vasodilator” of the liver. That means it increases healthy blood flow to your liver. And the more blood your liver receives then the more nourishment it receives.

The astaxanthin in the Omega 3 premium is particularly noted for its ability to detoxify enzymes in human liver cells .

Two additional natural liver remedies include:

Dandelion Root: The Chinese Liver “Filtering” Herb

Dandelion Root has been used for generations to support the liver and improve digestion. This is largely because it contains powerful antioxidant “tannins.” These natural compounds are shown in research to cleanse the liver of built up toxins.

Artichoke Leaf: The Bile Booster

Artichoke Leaf is traditionally known for its ability to boost the liver’s production of bile. Bile is the natural compound that’s crucial to digest and use fats so they don’t build up around your liver or in other places in your body.

That means better processing of fats which promotes balanced cholesterol and easy digestion.

As you know, the body is a remarkable self healing wonder. Give your liver the natural TLC it needs and it will reward you with renewed vigour and health.

8 Comments

  • “Hello Mary WISE words….and painfully learned. Your husband is a lucky man! Another key and sad issue is that Doctors often don’t have the time or knowledge to make the correct diagnosis in the first place. It may be appropriate to consult several ‘natural’ doctors before you decide on the best course of action for your husband. Thank you Mary for sharing this Caramia”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 19 2011

  • “What about stress factor in relation to supplements like vitamins etc. Doesn’t supplements stress the liver on some level or is that wrong? ”

    J T - August 19 2011

  • “Hello Dale Thank you for your observation and question. I have re-checked all our TB range using the ingredient labels on the site, as I do not have all the bottles here. I confirm that ALL the range EXCEPT TB men’s (not Premium) contain Turmeric. At this point I do not know why this is. I.e whether it is a labeling omission or a genuine ingredient omission. I have asked Warren and will post his commnt here once I get the answer. Thank you again Caramia  ”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 19 2011

  • “you have turmeric root extract in your total balance for men listed in this article of which i take daily, but i can not find this in these vitamins. please explain.”

    Dale Hubbard - August 19 2011

  • “Hello JT You are right that supplements can stress the liver IF: - They are made of poor quality synthetic ingredients. - Natural and synthetic supplements are combined with no caution about potential toxic interaction - Too many supplements whether natural or synthetic are taken especially at once (i.e you do not follow dosage instructions). - The liver is unhealthy to begin with, and/or other medical complications exist, and the wrong supplements are taken. However, if you take good quality natural supplements like ours and FOLLOW the dosage instructions, you are most unlikely to have any complications. If you ever have any questions about the effects of our supplements, especially potential interactions with synthetic medications you may be taking, please ask us. Thanks Caramia”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 19 2011

  • “Hi Dale. You won’t find Tumeric in any Vitamin listing because its an herb. Look it up under Herbs. Bill R”

    Bill Richardson - August 25 2011

  • “Hello again Dale. Here is Warren’s comment: "Mens TB standard is the only one of the TB range that we dont have turmeric.  This is because there is no room for it and if we were to include it that would mean that something else would have to be omitted.  It was the view of our formulator in order to maintain the best possible results overall that it was best to drop that ingredient rather than something else.…..The labels can be 100% relied on since we became GMP compliant" I hope this helps Dale. Thanks Caramia”

    Xtend-Life Expert - August 19 2011

  • “FWW: It is imperative we remember ‘it is OUR body’ to care for. My (otherwise healthy, vegetarian) husband was recently scheduled by a liver specialist for a liver biopsy due to elevating liver enzyme numbers and anemia. Suspected was (incurable) auto-immune hepatitis, ultimately fatal, and treatment for which involves continuous heavy steroids. No known cure. My husband has been taking Celexa for almost 3 years, & the prescription handouts, etc. listed no related side-effects. 2 days prior to biopsy, on a hunch, I dug deeper online & found listed side-effect info "for professionals" and guess what? Every single "out-of-range" component on his blood tests, including elevated enzymes, and anemia was listed! The biopsy was instantly postponed, he stopped Celexa & we have 2 weeks to check blood again & confirm our suspicion regarding the culprit. Moral of the story: Never blithely assume that some medication isn’t causing a new problem. Equally important: never depend on your busy doctor or specialist to dig as deeply as you would for info in that regard. They don’t have the time, as there are WAY too many drugs for them to do so.”

    mary winfield - August 19 2011

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