How many of you believe in divine signs? Well I certainly do and today I had a definite one that was very clear to me.
As a Board Certified Nutritionist, I have recently decided to focus my Nutritional practice on helping people to heal their livers. I found this liver shaped rock today and thought “Yes, I am going in the right direction”. As always, I was grateful for the confirmation from the Universe/God/Source/You Fill in The Blank 🙂
I believe liver distress may lie under all ailments that we face today. Here is a quote from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, who just released his new book “Liver Rescue” yesterday. “If you have any chronic symptom or illness, whether it’s skin issues like eczema and acne, weight gain, digestive symptoms, gout, diabetes, fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, varicose veins, autoimmune disease, brain fog, bloating or any other, it means your liver is under duress.” Anthony Williams
I look forward to helping people to improve their health and vitality by improving liver health. Even small implementations can hugely improve liver function and lighten the burden that our livers face in today’s world full of toxic elements, heavy metals, poor diet, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, perfumes, chemicals, stress, etc. If we love our livers, they will love us back. My new saying is “Happy Liver, Happy Life”. 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certified Life Coach who helps people all over the world.
Our livers love us! Unfortunately like any love relationship, sometimes one side gives more than the other and that is what is happening with people and their livers. Our livers are bombarded with much more than it can keep up with these days and we all need to do our part in the relationship by taking off some of the burden.
There are many, many things that are contributing to this toxic overload but today I going to focus on one area that is a HUGE player in overworking our livers and making us sick. What I am referring to are chemicals that are involved in scents, paints, sprays, perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, candles etc… the list is endless.
I have found a new way to view my liver when it comes to these very nasty invaders. I see my liver as a sponge! Because it is a sponge. Our livers filter everything… everything! It filters all our blood and sends it back out through the circulatory system. The filtering from the liver includes scents and air borne chemicals that are around us! They must be filtered too! The skin is the largest organ and both the skin and lungs deal with these airborne nasties.
Have you ever walked into a greasy restaurant? Maybe a fried chicken place?
When I was in my twenties, I had a roomie who worked at KFC and she would come home wreaking of grease. That smell never came out. It stuck and absorbed into her clothes and then everything that she was around, including our apartment. Now think about that. Just let that ‘sink in’, no pun intended. 🙂
Here is another example. I had someone 3 years ago walk into one of my rooms in my home and they were wearing strong cologne. That smell is still in the room. Every so often it overwhelms me when I walk into the room. Wow. We can see how powerful these chemicals are. And if this chemical compound can do that to a room and it’s contents years later, imagine a lifetime buildup of these and other toxins that are livers are dealing with. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides. Also, everytime we pump gas we are exposed to toxins.
The list is unfortunately endless, but I will keep it short for today. I am sure you get the message here.
As a side note, it is a beautiful cool, sunny and windy day where I am. So I am airing out my bedding and also washing my new flannel sheets multiple times to remove the chemicals involved in their making. They too will head out to be line dried and aired to protect my most important organ, my liver. 🙂 I often think another great reason to buy second hand also. 🙂
I encourage everyone to rethink the use of many of these invaders. Not only do they hurt us but those around us. Life is precious. Let’s preserve that gift.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who resides in Ontario, Canada. She has been an advocate of environmentally safe cleaning products for close to 30 years now. She shares freely tips and tricks to lower toxicity in the home and the body.
Slow, sluggish and toxic bloodis a big problem that correlates to how healthy we are.
What causes this type of blood?
There are several contributing factors one of which is dehydration! Most of us are severely dehydrated and it makes our blood thick. We do NOT want thick blood! Thick 🅱🅻🅾🅾🅳 is not only dangerous (think stroke) but thick sluggish blood, is unable to safely move toxins and pathogens out of the liver.
I often reflect on the example Dr. Jim Morris, The Quit Smoking Coach, uses with people. He shows them a ketchup packet and has them feel how thick and goopy the ketchup appears inside and then proceeds to tell them that this is what their blood is like after they smoke a cigarette. It certainly is a great visual and I now use it for myself with the thought of not being hydrated enough.
We can all relate to a lack of energy that correlates to dehydration whether we have been aware of its cause or not.
Other causes of thick blood are what Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, calls Liver Troublemakers. Some of these are pathogens such as viruses like Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, herpes simplex, and HHV6, and bacteria like streptococcus, e. Coli, and more.
Heavy Metals/Solvents/Pesticides/Perfumes Etc.
There are also heavy metals involved, solvents, petro-chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and more. Some of the really dangerous ones especially to the liver, thus causing toxic blood, are colognes, perfumes, scented candles, air fresheners etc.!!!! These are a huge, huge, detriment to the body’s master filter, the liver and contribute to toxic blood. In fact, people who are especially sensitive or who have sluggish livers, react almost immediately to these scents, my own daughter included.
When we visualize the circulatory system, we need to realize everything recycles so when there are toxins running through the body, they affect the liver and organs and then they are recirculated back into the blood stream and into the brain and through all organs! Heavy metals also wreak havoc by circulating this way.
And of course, common sense will tell us that the thicker the blood, the harder the body has to work and in turn we could see High Blood Pressure. Here is what Anthony has to say about that:
“Your heart draws blood directly from your liver. When the liver is in good working order, it’s like sipping water through a straw. When the liver is stagnant, sluggish, hot, fatty, or toxic, it becomes a clogged, dirty filter. As a result it becomes inflamed and constricted, so it can’t process blood well, nor can blood travel through the liver as easily as it should. It makes the blood dirtier and thicker with debris and increases the suction needed for the heart to pump up blood from the liver. As someone’s liver becomes more and more congested due to liver-unfriendly food choices while she or he is also chronically dehydrated, as we all are, the heart can be forced to use 10 or even 50 times its normal power to draw blood through the body. The result of all this increased suction is increased pressure—that is, high blood pressure.”
So one of the most important tasks at hand we can do right now, each and everyone of us, is to lower our toxic load, and work at supporting and healing our liver. Liver is LIFE… ie. Liv..er…. Here is a link to my past posts about the liver and liver health that you might find useful.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who specializes in heavy metals and heavy metal detox as an adjunct to her nutritional and lifestyle coaching that she does worldwide.
As a Nutritionist who continues to study every single day of my life, the more I go down the rabbit hole of what is plaguing people in the way of illness and disease, the more information I come to over and over again that lands at the liver!
The word ‘liver’ when broken down is about living and the liver is indeed responsible for so many functions that allow us to ‘live’. It is difficult to give a precise number, as the organ is still being explored, but it is thought that the liver carries out 500 distinct roles!!!
There are so many ailments that can be affected by or affect our livers. Fatty liver is becoming more and more common out there in the world as well as a host of other symptoms associated with a compromised liver.
The term ‘sluggish liver’ is used to describe a situation in which your liver and gall bladder are not functioning as well as they could be. Some indications that your liver function may be sub-optimal and may benefit from therapies designed to support the detoxification and excretion of toxins may include:
Intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods
Indigestion, constipation and other digestive problems
Acne and other skin conditions, such as eczema
High cholesterol and blood lipid levels
High Blood Pressure
pain or discomfort over the liver – (right upper abdominal area under the rib cage)
excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
trouble digesting fatty foods
had your gallbladder removed
dark spots on the skin commonly referred to liver spots
overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction
Other signs and symptoms may indicate the presence of more serious conditions requiring professional treatment (such as hepatitis or gall stones). These include:
Jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes)
Nausea , vomiting and/or diarrhoea
Loss of appetite
Indigestion, bloating and wind
Abdominal Tenderness or pain, which may be generalised or localised under the right ribs
Swelling and hardness of the liver (hepatomegaly)
Unusually light or dark stools
Swollen feet, legs and/or abdomen
Confusion, sleep disturbance, and occasionally mental disturbance
Generalised itching over the whole body
Increased sensitivity to medicines and their effects
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, it is essential that you see your health care professional to determine the cause of the problem. Professional treatment and prescription medication may be necessary for the treatment of severe liver and gall bladder disease such as gallstones, hepatitis, fatty liver or cirrhosis, and permanent changes to your dietary and lifestyle habits may also be required.
Some of the often overlooked everyday liver stressors in general, are chemicals and toxins. Exposure to things like heavy metals, hair dyes, perfumes, artificially scented candles and cleaning products, etc. all create a substance or air borne substances that eventually are filtered through the liver which is the major clearing house for the body. Some people find that as they age, they are less able to handle scents and exposure to certain chemicals due to a further comprised liver and ability for it to filter as it becomes overloaded. Unfortunately in this day and age our livers are challenged to keep up with the demand of their role as a clearing house and the liver’s role in the digestion and processing of proteins, fat and sugar.
One of the best things you can do is to limit your exposure to liver stessors and add in healthy additions for liver support. In future blogs posts, I will cover simple strategies to support the liver with diet, supplementation and lifestyle modifications.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practioner and Holistic Nutritionist who enjoys learning, developing healthy recipes and has a passion for sharing information on wellness of body, mind and spirit.