Most of us are aware that the liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs within the body. You may not be aware of how important the health of your liver is to how you feel. Your liver performs more than 500 tasks that keep you feeling great.
Your liver’s job is to replenish your blood for optimal growth and renewal. A primary function of the liver is filtering blood coming from the digestive tract, cleansing red blood cells before passing them on to the rest of the body. It cleans the blood by breaking down and removing harmful drugs, alcohol and poisons, and it recycles waste into new building blocks for the body. It regulates the amount of blood circulating, withdrawing and storing it when resting or sleeping and releasing it during exercise.
Many malfunctions within the body are signs that your liver may have hit a toxic threshold. The liver is responsible for plasma protein synthesis, converting glucose to glycogen storage, storing vitamins and is vital to hormone production. The liver governs emotional growth and development, drive and desires, ambitions and creativity. Impaired liver function may result in emotional issues, depression, frustration and repressed anger.
Lifestyle choices impact liver function. Toxins from foods and medications accumulate in the body over time and put stress on the liver. Switching to organic whole food choices is the No. 1 way to prevent liver malfunction. Try adding organic pressed juices to your daily routine, and refrain from consuming alcohol and trans fats. Activate your lymphatic system by getting your body breathing with mediation and moving with exercise.
What can you do to improve the health of your liver? In addition to adopting a healthier lifestyle, consider adding specific essential oils that have liver-supporting properties. There are more than 70,000 different kinds of molecules in essential oils, many of which mimic the molecules used by our bodies for support, maintenance and regeneration. It is important to use only therapeutic grade essential oils for best results.
Rosemary – This essential oil helps to flush harmful toxins and cleanse the blood. Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine,’ said rosemary should be used to overcome liver disorders. It stimulates the production and flow of bile (which is essential for fat metabolism and detoxification) and reduces plasma liver enzymes (which have been linked to Type 2 diabetes). Research shows that daily use protects against chemical-induced liver injury. (Ra Kovi et al., 2014)
Geranium – This essential oil supports normal kidney function and helps discharge toxins from the liver. It dilates biliary ducts for liver detoxification and helps regulate hormones.
Helichrysum– This essential oil helps clean the blood and acts as a chelating agent for metals, chemicals and toxins. It also stimulates the function of liver cells. Research indicates that is has antiinflammatory, antioxidant antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Citrus oils – Citrus essential oils act as liver decongestants, have diuretic properties and powerfully cleanse the body.