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Better Living … Healthy You #13

Better Living Healthy You Issue #13 (Monthly Online Newsletter)

The Liver

This organ does a very important job in the body and it is the only internal organ that can regenerate itself. Yes you can lose up to 75% of your liver and it will be able to regenerate itself into a whole working liver again – of course it would be best to keep it healthy so this does not happen.

Your liver is shaped like a boomerang and is the second largest organ (next to your skin). Our liver is important because every nutrient we ingest is processed through the liver so it can be transformed into a different biochemical form for use by the body. Without this transformation the body cannot utilize the nutrients. This organ is located just below the right rib cage in the upper right side of the abdomen above the pancreas and the small intestine.

The liver has 3 main functions:

  1. Helps to digest our food (breaks down the nutrients)
  2. Makes protein
  3. Get rid of toxins

The Liver

All of the blood passes through the small intestines then flows through our portal vein into the liver where it does its work.

The liver makes protein and stores glucose, vitamin B12, and iron. It helps the body to process all the food we eat to get the nutrients for our body’s use by processing the carbohydrates, protein and fat into glucose that can then be used by the body.

Inside the liver there is a network of bile ducts that help to breakdown fats. The liver also helps to clean out the toxins so we do not get jaundice (that yellow colouring that shows up in the eyes first and is a sure sign of many liver diseases). The foods we eat today have many toxins in the form of the additives that are added to processed food, the chemicals that are sprayed on our food by the farmer’s, the drugs people take for their ailments, and the genetically engineered foods that have become so common most people do not realize they are not natural. The liver sieves out these toxins and passes them out of the body through our urine and bile.

The liver is not able to remove all the toxins because there are too many so the body stores them in our fatty tissue and they build up creating disease or they are so toxic they produce free radicals in our body that again cause disease. Our body’s natural antioxidants will have to work overtime to rid our body of these so it is important to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants to help the liver do its job.

What can we do to help our liver to do its jobs and keep it healthy?

  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume or better do not drink it.
  • Drink purified water that is alkalized (we use Hydroboost in our distilled water)
  • Eat a diet high in greens and vegetables with smaller amounts of fruit
  • Include proteins like lentils, beans, nuts and seeds
  • Add ginseng, cinnamon, milk thistle, and dandelion all known to help the liver
  • Eat less processed foods
  • Exercise regularly using a rebounder

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Green Smoothie To Go

Lunch Smoothies

When making smoothies to take to lunch make sure you make them fresh in the morning and seal the in a thermos. I like to add a protein powder to my smoothies but when taking for lunch I put the protein powder in a baggie and add it to the smoothie just before serving it – shake well then serve.

Green Smoothie

Put the following in your blender:

  • 1 ripe frozen banana thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 4-6 lettuce leaves
  • 2-3 slices of ginger root
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 4-8 ice-cubes
  • ½ scoop of Hallelujah Diet Essential Protein Powder

Blend on high until a smooth and creamy texture. Pour into a thermos and shake it just before serving to mix it well.

Mango Mint Smoothie

Put the following in your blender:

  • 1 ripe frozen banana thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach (or try parsley or kale)
  • ½ tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups cold distilled water
  • 4-8 ice-cubes

Blend on high until a smooth and creamy texture. Leaf vegetables are typically low in calories, low in fat, high in protein per calorie, high in dietary fiber, high in iron and calcium, and very high in phytochemicals such as vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, folate, magnesium as well as vitamin K. So they are a great addition to any smoothie.

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