The LIVER!

This is the first of a series of topics, to explain, in average person terms, the organs of the body and their functions.

Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

The LIVER is the largest organ in the body. It is located on the right side of the body beneath the diaphragm, level with the bottom of your sternum. The bottom of the liver is concave and covers your stomach, duodenum (the first portion of the small intestines), hepatic flexure of the colon (upper right turn, right adrenal gland and the upper portion of the right kidney.  (This is a watered down description so everyone can understand or maybe get a visual picture of it in your mind.) Your liver has four lobes and is covered by a thick, tough, fibrous membrane called the Glisson’s capsule. All the blood vessels and hepatic ducts enter the liver at the hilus.  This common bile duct then enters the upper portion of your small intestine, called the duodenum, at the papilla of Vater. This is the main digestive area of the body. The functional parts of the liver are the liver lobules, consisting of the liver cells, which are permeated by blood capillaries called sinusoids. The sinusoids are lined with the Kupffer cells, which are the immune cells of the liver. (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

The liver has so many functions..researchers have yet to discover them all.  An article in the ‘Energy Times’ magazine tells us that:

  • The liver works as a detoxifier of everything that enters the digestive tract. The liver’s immune cells digest bacteria, viruses and other pathogens within the blood from the digestive tract.”A healthy liver can metabolize hormones, chemical drugs, and other chemicals to a certain degree. However, our daily ingestion of these substances is more than most livers can cope with.” (Dr. Robert Morse, N.D)
  • The liver stores various amino acids obtained from digestion, then reconstructs them for essential body proteins. It synthesizes non-essential amino acids for growth and repair functions.
  • The liver works as a blood purifier, cleansing the blood of toxic substances and regulating the blood’s ability to clot.
  • The liver works as a processor, converting carbohydrates, fats and proteins into fuel the body can use. It converts excess glucose into glycogen (stored fat), then converts the stored glycogen back to glucose when the body needs extra fuel. It stores various vitamins, and minerals, to include iron and copper.
  • The liver works as an immunity enhancer, helping the body maintain hormonal balance and resist infection.
  • Alcohol may be regarded as sophisticated and fun, but when done to excess throughout adulthood, it can ravage the liver as does acidosis, toxic chemicals, drugs, etc. All are extremely harmful to your liver. Almost all drugs, especially coal-tar products like aspirin, severely destroy its tissues.
  • The liver is not only the most under appreciated organ, it’s one of the most crucial to staving off a number of serious diseases.
  • The liver produces and secretes approximately 1 liter of bile per day. Bile is a fat emulsifier and alkalizing agent.

The liver, which most people don’t understand, is also tied to the mind. When the liver is inflamed and impaired in its function – so is your mind, creating low self-esteem and anger.

According to recent scientific studies, “all that extra cholesterol (you are fighting to get rid of), comes from your Liver.” Only 15% of cholesterol comes from your diet. The other 85% is made in your liver…which happens when you’re under stress. In addition, when you eat a lot of sugary foods your body releases a form of adrenalin called cortisol which stimulates the production of insulin into your bloodstream which turns on the switch to make even more LDL cholesterol…this in turn leads you to battle heart and artery issues.

Study, and learn what you need to know to keep this workhorse, YOUR LIVER, running on all cylinders for years to come. It is imperative to say that we should take care of this most precious organ. Isn’t it time you showed your Liver a little Love?

STAY SAFE TREAT YOUR BODY GOOD, AND ENJOY GOOD HEALTH THROUGHOUT YOUR WHOLE LIFE!

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Be Nice to Your NECK!

Pain in neck of women Stock PhotosModern life can be, at times, a royal pain in the neck…so to speak. We do many things that cause us to have various degrees of neck and shoulder pain – such as sitting for hours in front of a computer, ladies lugging heavy purses on their shoulders, when working out – lifting weights beyond your ability, accidents, lifting too heavy an item overhead, etc. Poor posture and other bad habits gradually lead to unbalanced muscles and/or mechanical problems in the joints of the neck and shoulders. In some cases the pain may be the result of a medical condition. Age is also a factor since as one grows older joints deteriorate. SO…be nice to your NECK:

    • Pay attention to your posture…keep your head centered over your spine.
    • Adjust your computer furniture…your computer monitor should be at eye level and your work surface elbow height. Sit back in your chair so the small of your back is supported. Also, standing up with the computer on a counter is helpful to the stress on the neck and shoulder. Alternate between sitting and standing.
    • Avoid cradling your phone between your ear and shoulder (if you still have that type of phone. However, I have seen people cradle their cell phones.
    • Maintain good posture when driving and walking or running.
    • Examine your sleeping habits…sleeping on the wrong pillow puts excess pressure on your muscles and ligaments and you wake up with a stiff neck.

When exercising – do exercises for your neck and shoulders – such as rolling them backward, and then forward…both shoulders at the same time or individually.The list could go on and on. The old dowager hump doesn’t look so good whether you are young or older. It doesn’t always come from genetics…so don’t say “my grandmother had one…it runs in the family.”

Access your habits and change those that need changing. 

A good neuormuscular massage is one of my remedies. It feels wonderful!

STAYING HEALTHY IS A NEVER ENDING PROJECT!

 

Gluten

What is GLUTEN? According to my handy Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – “Gluten is vegetable albumin, a protein which can be prepared from wheat and other grain.” You can free your diet of gluten by avoiding all products containing wheat, rye, oats, barley, or vegetables such as beans, cabbage, turnips, dried peas, and cucumbers. Rice, potatoes, corn and cornmeal are allowed. Gluten allows dough to rise – gives texture to bread.

My further research expanded on this. I hope I can help you understand the truth of what gluten is all about.

(Source: Darshak Sanghavi M.D. Pediatrician and Managing Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brooking Institution)

So…what are ‘gluten related issues’? Why do people think they have gluten issues and should be eating nothing but ‘gluten-free’ foods?

The latest “hysteria” seems to be related to gluten this, and gluten that. Is it a “fad”? Could well be. The 3 types of issues related to ‘gluten’ are: Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergy, and Gluten Intolerance. What are they and what are the differences between them?

CELIAC DISEASE – is an autoimmune disorder which gluten intake causes to worsen. However, Celiac Disease is seemingly rare. This disease “occurs in some people when fragments of gluten bond with intestinal proteins and provoke a misdirected immune overreaction from white blood cells, destroying the microscopic fingers called ‘villi’ that line the small intestine and normally absorb nutrients.” This causes the intestine to function incorrectly – thus belly pain, diarrhea, iron deficiency, etc. It is usually misdiagnosed. “Proper diagnosis is with a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy of the small intestine. Only 1% of the world’s population has this disease. Many physicians are not familiar with its signs.”

WHEAT ALLERGY – In this condition a wheat specific antibody called an IgE causes hives, anaphylaxis, sneezing and wheezing. “There is no good test for it. Blood tests called RAST are usually unreliable. e.g. “only 1 in 8 children or adults with a positive Ige test for peanuts is truly allergic.” “Because RAST tests can screen for dozens of possible allergies at once, there is a danger of over diagnosis, especially when interpreted by non-specialists.”

GLUTEN INTOLERANCE – is the most confusing. “This condition is neither an autoimmune disorder, like Celiac Disease, nor an allergy, like Wheat.” There is not even a mediocre blood test for ‘gluten intolerance.’ The diagnosis is really someone’s subjective feeling of symptoms to include bloating, bowel changes and/or mental fogginess after eating gluten. Thus we have what is called “pseudo-scientific self-diagnosis, because people believe they have illnesses caused by magnetic fields.” World wide, many scientific tests have been executed to decide the cause of ‘gluten intolerance’. The conclusion is “that many sufferers might not have gluten problems, but sugar problems called ‘fructans’ in wheat products.” Again, “almost 2/3 of the people who think they are ‘gluten intolerant’ really are not.”

I am not going to talk about what or what not to eat (gluten-free foods). It is up to you to draw your own conclusion from the above mentioned facts. Can what you believe to be a ‘gluten’ issue be a ‘diet’ (other foods you eat) issue? However, for a start there are grains that are not considered ‘gluten grains’. They include: oats, rye, quinoa, chia, spelt, buckwheat, amaranth, millet and black rice. These grains are considered healthy plant-based, protein vitamins, minerals and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health.

What to do? DETOX – start with fruits, melons, and herbal formulas. See my Detox Plan – filter and eliminate the toxins from your body. Visit us at the FYI Health Talk Store.

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Love to you all. MAY GOD RULE!

Toxins

I have talked about toxins a lot. In todays lifestyle we are inundated by toxins via pollutants, poor diet (STAD), life stressors etc. They overload the system and cause aging, wrinkles, fatigue, lack of energy (I hear a lot from my friends, as well as from the ‘millenniums’), weakness, and many chronic dis-eases.

These are excessive health issues. How does the body deal with these issues? Research tells us that the body has a master antioxidant called Glutathione which plays one of the key roles on our health, enhancing one’s well-being, combating aging, cellular repair, and helps prevent cell damage caused by the free radicals.

Glutathione is “part of the sulfur chemical group called Sulfhydryl’s. The sticky smelly molecule acts like flypaper. Toxins, free radicals and heavy metals stick to it, get trapped and are then excreted from the body.”

You need to eat the right foods in order for the body to create more Glutathione. These foods include: cauliflower, carrots, watermelon, avocado, fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges, almonds, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, brazil nuts – I could go on and on. Do your own research.

Supplements are also affective. With proper Glutathione levels many diseases can be curtailed, to include: Parkinson’s disease, tremors, etc. Glutathione is a master antioxidant. It is the ultimate Detoxifier. Start with my Detox Diet (Eating) Plan and the botanical herbal formulas we sell at our store: http://www.fyihealthtalkstore.com

Happy researching!

Detox – Colon – Cleansing

Colon IllustrationThe basic method for detoxing consists of eating a healthy diet along with drinking lots of water and engaging in an exercise program, which cleanses the bowels/colon. The purpose for detoxing is to cleanse the intestines and free them of toxins. Another method would be ‘colonic irrigation’, which I have experienced and should be administered by a professional. However, after the colonic irrigation you must continue the basic method of detoxing listed above.

A healthy colon reflects a persons overall state of health. For you who are not aware, colon cleansing (irrigation) is an ancient idea once applied by the Egyptians, and is still practiced today in natural medicine.

Bowel issues result in constipation, waste, toxin, and unhealthy bacteria build up in the colon. This waste etc. is absorbed by the bloodstream from the intestines and passed to all the cells of the body. The problems experienced because of this includes; headaches, moodiness, hormonal imbalance, lack of energy, cancer, heart disease and an unhealthy immune system, allergies, skin disease, rheumatic illnesses, metabolic disorders, restless sleep and depression.

Treatment starts with the diet, eating lots of fresh vegetables and whole fruits that do not contain pesticides. Avoid fried foods, highly refined sugars, processed foods….does this sound repetitious? It is. I have said this in earlier blog in a different way, but repetition is good. You also may have read about it elsewhere, heard it on the radio, and seen and heard it on the TV.

You might say…’I’ll just give myself and enema.’ That is okay if you know how to do it, but keep in mind it only cleans out a small portion of the colon and is only a temporary fix. Bowel/colon cleansing, when done the correct way frees the digestive system of wastes and toxins, constipation buildup, and allows the intestinal lining to regenerate and maintain a balance of beneficial bacteria, uses and absorbs nutrients from food as it should. Your metabolism then becomes more efficient, providing the body with renewed energy.

Again, check out my Detox Diet Plan – which starts with a fast…as should any cleanse. Make a decision that will keep you healthy for a lifetime. The time is now – GO FOR IT!

MOLD!

Mold on ceiling from leakMOLD! You read about it, hear about it, talk about it, but what can a person do about?

Have you ever had a water leak anywhere in your home? Have you checked the drain in the kitchen, bathroom sink? Have you had moisture build-up or water damage under the kitchen, bathroom sink? With these incidences  you probably notice blackish, orange, greenish and purple areas that are visible to the naked eye? However, there are also hidden areas that you may not be aware of such as inside the toilet tank, toilet bowl, washing machine, dryer, black spots on the shower curtain, fuzzy white patches on the basement floor, crawl spaces under the house, etc.   Many folks are unaware that this may be – or is toxic mold.

TOXIC MOLD can make you sick. Scientific information tells us that “Stachybotry’s chartarum – known as ‘toxic black mold’, is a greenish-black mold, which grows on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper and lint.”

Mold is a fungus. Mold spores thrive on moisture, reproduce quickly, and travel through the air. Mold is almost impossible to get rid of…but because it can’t live without moisture it can be controlled by reducing the moisture in the home or work place. This can be done by using dehumidifiers, air conditioners. Keep the humidity below 60%. Keep drains free from obstructions; keep house warm in cool weather; add insulation to cold surfaces e.g. exterior walls, floors, windows.  Avoid leaving damp clothes in laundry basket or dryer. Check for leaks around basins and tubs. If you experience water leaks, water line breaks, etc. dry the wet areas within 12 to 48 hours. On the outside of the house, slope the ground so the water runs away from the house. Have your heating and cooling systems checked on a regular basis. Keep doors open between rooms for better air circulation. Use fans if/and as needed. If you live in a mobile home, put a plastic cover over the dirt in crawl spaces and under the house to prevent moisture coming from ground. Ventilate crawl spaces if needed.

How does mold affect the health of humans? It is absorbed into the immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, lungs, and liver, etc. where it builds up in the blood, and body tissues.
It then:

  • Triggers inflammation, allergies, asthma, oxidative stress, and immune dysfunction
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches, light sensitivity, poor memory, word and concentration difficulty
  • Muscle stiffness, joint pain, unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Chronic cough, appetite swings, body temperature dysregulation
  • Increased urinary frequency, increased thirst, red eyes, blurred vision, mood swings, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Vertigo, feeling light-headed

    If you experience any of the above symptoms  – they are a signal, and it is imperative that something be done to find and eliminate all the household or workplace mold. You must reduce your exposure to mold.
    Check out FYI Health Talk Store for Dr. Morse’s Anti-fungal Herbal formula…and others – good for all the above ailments.

    MAY THIS INFORMATION HELP YOU TO HELP YOURSELF!

Health Fact Tips

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FRUITS & VEGETABLES – How do fruits and vegetables help improve your health, immune system, etc.?

The food list below will be a staple in the Health Fact Tips. The list in each blog will be short – so you won’t be overwhelmed with information:

  • APPLES: Protect your heart; Prevent constipation; Block diarrhea; Improve lung capacity; Cushion joints.
  • APRICOTS: Combat cancer; Control blood pressure; Save your eyesight; Shield against Alzheimer’s; Slow aging process.
  • ARTICHOKES: Aid digestion; Lower cholesterol; Protect your heart; Stabilize blood sugar; Guard against liver disease.
  • AVOCADOS: Battle diabetes; Lowers cholesterol; Helps/stops strokes; Control blood pressure; smooths the skin.
  • BANANAS: Protect your heart; Quiet a cough; Strengthen bones; Control blood pressure; Blocks diarrhea.
  • BEANS: Prevent constipation; Helps hemorrhoids; Lowers cholesterol; Combat cancer; Stabilizes blood sugar.
  • BEETS: Control blood pressure; Combat cancer; Strengthen bones; Protects your heart; Aids weight loss.
  • BLUEBERRIES: Combat cancer; Protect your heart; Stabilizes blood sugar; Boosts memory; Prevent constipation.
  • BROCCOLI: Strengthens bones; Saves eyesight; Combats cancer; Protects your heart; Controls blood pressure.

Add any or these foods to your menu as they apply to your health issues, and start (if you aren’t already) reaping their benefits.

SALT –
In one of my earlier blogs I talked about ‘salt’. This tip reiterates the good and the bad about ‘salt.’

Salt is an ingredient used in every recipe for food preparation, and processed food you purchase in the grocery store. How does it affect nutrition and aid or not aid in weight loss?

Refined salt is a TOXIC substance but why? Our bodies, in reality, need salt. The media have us believing we need ‘refined’ salt. It is the ‘refined’ salt that is the problem and causing the health issues many folks experience today. The WHY? Because is contains anti-caking agents, some of which are linked to heavy metal toxicity and kidney problems. Refined salt also contains a common preservative called ‘sodium acetate’…which may also add to the problem of high blood pressure and kidney issues.

Research tells us that there is an alternative to ‘refined salt’….What is it? UNREFINED SEA SALT! Unrefined sea salt is natural and is actually good for you. Unrefined sea salt helps balance your blood sugar, helps to keep your bones strong, regulates your metabolism, and boosts your immune system, etc. It also contains nutrients and minerals and over 80 trace minerals. When you buy sea salt be sure you check the label for “UNREFINED”, as some sea salts are still ‘refined’. I have become a label reader – something I used to never pay any attention to. It was a wise choice.

You decide what is best for you…keeping in mind ‘health, health, health’.

BOWELS!
There is a lot of controversy on the ‘bowels’. Should you or should you not have more than (1) bowel movement per day?

Because of the long and absorbing nature of the small and large intestines, it is vital that a person has at least (1) bowel movement a day…but better yet to have more than (1) one. Two to three bowel movements per day will not impair you and, in fact, are best.  When you allow your bowels to back up, your small and large intestines reabsorbs toxins, poisons, acids, etc. As well, the bowels if they don’t move often enough develop layers of impacted fecal matter that poisons the system and hinders proper absorption of nutrients.

Quoting Dr. Robert Morse N.D., “Because of dairy products and white flour products which act like “glue” in the bowels, we develop a thick “rubber-like substance all through our bowels called mucoid plaque. This causes inflammation, pockets, mal-absorption, constipation or diarrhea, ulcers and cancer.”

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SPEND TIME REBUILDING AND REVITALIZING YOUR BOWEL HEALTH!