Posted on June 23 2015
The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the human body,
second only to the oxygen pumping heart. The liver not only detoxes the blood every minute of our lives, but it also plays a role in our digestion, metabolism, immune response, and nutrient storage process. Needless to say, the liver is a vital organ that maintains the body’s homeostasis, or normalized state of wellbeing of the body and its processes. The more toxins that we come in contact with, the harder our liver has to work to maintain that balance. Alcohol, drugs, fried or fatty foods, even prescription medications can be hard on the liver and over time, causing it to become congested.
A congested and sluggish liver can manifest itself in so many ways that we overlook and attribute to other issues or ailments. Remember, the liver is the body’s means of detoxifying, so if the liver can’t eliminate toxins properly, the body will eliminate or manifest those toxins in other ways. Skin rashes, acne breakouts, chronic fatigue, bloating and many other symptoms can be attributed to a congested liver.
I always like to compare the liver to the lint filter in your dryer.
At first, the dryer filter aids in the drying process, but after a few cycles, the lint begins to build up. If you take the filter out and remove the lint, the dryer continues to run properly, if you don’t, the excess lint buildup will affect the way the clothes are dried altogether. Unlike the dryer, our bodies have the capabilities to detox themselves. Removing certain things from our diets or lives, or adding in a few small practices helps to optimize that process.
Because the liver is at the center of so many of the body’s processes, it is important to keep it running properly. One of the things that I have incorporated into my daily regimen is dandelion root tea. Dandelion is loaded with vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion has a mild diuretic effect and helps to promote digestion, which can relieve an upset stomach or bloating. Dandelion also has anti-inflammatory properties that aids in reducing swelling or fluid buildup throughout the body. Because Dandelion aids the liver in detoxifying, it is the perfect companion to the body’s natural filter.
Incorporate one cup of dandelion root tea into your daily regimen to maintain liver health and regularity. If you are interested in doing a liver flush, brew 3-5 cups of dandelion root tea every day for 3-5 days then switch to one cup per day for maintenance.