HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LIVER & A HEAVY METAL CLEANSE
Several years ago I posted this article on my blog page. I would like to re-print it here at the I.A.A.M. blog site for your benefit.
One of the most important lessons you can learn from Andrew L. Rubman, ND, is that the liver is probably one of the most important and most taken-for-granted organs in your body. Everyone knows about the brain and the heart for survival. But you can’t live without a liver, either. When your liver’s not working properly, you may feel sluggish, maybe slow, perhaps bloated, maybe headachy, muscle achy… just not yourself. Ignored for too long, our livers can fail. And in today’s pesticide-laden, chemical-driven world, our overworked livers are under virtual siege. This, says Dr. Rubman, is a major health concern.
The liver and gut work hand in hand to vanquish toxins and keep us healthy, explains Dr. Rubman. Liver and digestive function are intrinsically and inevitably linked, because almost everything that enters the body passes through the liver for processing. Among the busy liver’s many tasks:
Breaking down toxins and filtering waste products from the blood. Similarly, it is the gut’s job to send toxic substances packing out of the body. But sometimes it seems that there are just too many toxins coming at the body from too many directions. Just imagine all the chemicals your body has to process on a daily basis — antibiotic and hormone residues in meat, mercury and PCBs in fish, additives and dyes in processed foods, fresh paint fumes, harsh cleaning solutions, gasoline fumes when we fill up the tank, odious perfume on the person standing next to you on the bus or train, aspartame from the diet soft drinks you’ve been drinking, even drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol), not to mention the myriad metabolic
earmarked for excretion. Taking just a little bit more of a medication than recommended can result in toxic accumulation in the liver.
What’s the best way to go about supporting your liver and digestion to get rid of the many toxins that stand in the way of good health? According to Dr. Rubman, effective strategies include a healthful diet, toxin avoidance and sensible supplementation.
Follow a diet that is composed of at least half unprocessed foods. This means fiber-rich unrefined grains such as brown rice and whole-grain breads, steamed vegetables, ripe fruits, nuts and seeds. Fiber promotes healthful flora in the gut, keeps food moving efficiently through the digestive tract, and binds and transports excess bile out of the system so it is not inappropriately reabsorbed by the liver. When it comes to produce, bucking the current trend; Dr. Rubman believes that it is more important to buy fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables in season rather than organic produce. Environmentally stressed (by viruses, competition from other species, etc.) plants grown “organically” can create produce that is much more toxic than any that are commercially fertilized. Just make sure that the outer covering is intact and not degraded in any way.
Cut back on exposure to toxins. Among other things, this means alcohol, sugary foods,
white flour and other refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, etc.), processed foods and beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, fried foods, fast foods and excessive consumption of red meat. Because of mercury content, go easy on large ocean fish such as swordfish and tuna, eating them at most twice a week.
As far as drugs go, keep in mind that even common over-the-counter medications can harm the liver when taken in excess. Notably, acetaminophen overdose is the second largest cause of liver transplants in the US. Take on other toxic exposures
one by one. For example, if your tap water is problematic, opt for bottled water instead. (Dr. Rubman’s favorite:
Electrolyte-packed Gerolsteiner.) Also be careful what you breathe — paints, pesticides, gasoline, etc., are also toxins.
Vitamin B-12. Ask your health-care professional to assess your B-12 level. Many Americans are deficient in this nutrient, which the liver requires for optimal function. If this is the case, Dr. Rubman recommends sublingual B-12 pills, either hydroxycobalamine or methylcobalamine, which equally as effective as and less expensive than B-12 shots. (Avoid cyancobalamine, which is poorly absorbed.)
B-12 should be taken under a doctor’s supervision. Dandelion and burdock. These bitter herbs stimulate the release of salivary and gastric juices, says Dr. Rubman. They also help the liver bind and remove toxins, and they promote the production of bile to stimulate digestion. Milk thistle. This botanical contains the chemical flavonoid silymarin, which decreases the liver’s retention of toxins as well as LIV 52.
DO A HEAVY METAL CLEANSE: Chelation Therapy
There is a way to detoxify your body of heavy metals
Heavy metals are in your food, in your water, your air, your place of work and in your home…
you can not escape them. No, we’re not talking about a new species of exotic insects. We’re referring to toxic heavy metals… particularly lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel. From sources such as auto exhaust, industry emissions and pesticides – to prescription medicines, dental fillings, solvents, and household cleaning products – to personal products like cosmetics, deodorant and toothpaste – heavy metals assault our bodies at every turn.
Heavy metal accumulation in humans has been linked to many common health challenges, including cancer, candida, yeast overgrowth, cardiovascular ailments, arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Many neurological diseases, including depression, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have also been strongly associated with heavy metals. Heavy metal poisoning can even accelerate the aging process because the presence of heavy metals in the body promotes free radical formation.
PART 4 WILL CONTINUE WITH THE HEAVY METAL CLEANSE.
Well, that is it for now.
Keep Hanging and Banging.
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