Your liver carries many vital functions in the body, and it’s in the core of every metabolic process. It filters blood, produces enzymes needed for blood clotting, breaks down fat and releases energy.
Toxins burden the liver to an almost irreversible extent, and this has a huge impact on its function. Improperly functioning liver slows down the weight loss process, because the metabolism of fats goes at a slow pace as well.
Detoxify your liver regularly to boosts its function, and stimulate the breakdown of fats in the body. Our recipe is one of the most efficient ways to do that. It will restore the natural powers of your liver within 5 days.
Here are the ingredients you need for this recipe:
First, wash the ingredients well. Try to find organic lemons, because you won’t be peeling them. Blend the ingredients until smooth, but leave the water aside. Pour in the water, and blend again. That’s pretty much everything you should do!
For optimal results, drink 2 cups of the remedy before each meal. That would be three times a day. Do this for three days, make a 7-day break, and do it all over again. Stay away from heavy metals, and drink plenty of water to boost the effect of your detox, and promote weight loss.
One of the most common ingredients in your kitchen is the cilantro, but did you know that it is also very good remedy and can be used to prevent and treat many ailments and diseases?
It has the ability to treat liver problems, decrease the cholesterol levels in our body and also eliminate excess fat. In the article below we will give you a few recipes, about the butter and tea, in which the cilantro is the main ingredient, but don’t worry you won’t need a lot of other ingredients as well, the rest of them are also basic ingredients.
Cilantro blossoms during the summer, and develops yellowish fruits. The seeds are ordinarily utilized as a zest that functions admirably with meat, fish, soup and sauces. Cilantro leaves are generally utilized in servings of mixed greens.
As per conventional Chinese drug, cilantro ought to be utilized each day, particularly in its season. It does ponders for those managing heart issues.
Cilantro leaves and seeds contain fundamental oils that give this plant considerably more prominent mending power. Use it to profit by its germicide, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory impact. Cilantro is a great wellspring of vitamin A, C and K, proteins, fiber and fundamental minerals, such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese.
Some swear in its capacity to upgrade assimilation and enhance the capacity of the liver and digestion tracts. Devour it consistently to bring down your circulatory strain and soothe symptoms of joint inflammation and ailment. It’s a calming specialist, recall?
It has been commonly utilized in the treatment of gastrointestinal issues, for example, looseness of the bowels. Because of its calming impact, cilantro is a standout among the best solutions for generally maladies. The herb brings down glucose and invigorates the creation of insulin.
Health specialists recommend that patients use cilantro to bring down bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise good (HDL) cholesterol. This is one of the approaches to forestall cardiovascular disease.
First you need to blend the oil and the cilantro together. Then add the res of the ingredients and blend one more time, until you get a homogeneous mixture. If the mixture is too thick for you, add some water in it. This is the best way to use cilantro.
Cilantro Leaf Tea
First chop the leaves on small pieces, and put them in the water. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes and then you can strain it. Keep this tea refrigerated.
Dosing: Drink a single cup of the tea until your condition improves.
Put the seeds in the water, and put them on heat. Once the water starts to boil, simmer the mixture a little, then remove it from the heat and add some honey in it. Make sure you consume the tea while it is warm.
Dandelions are not Weeds. They Build Bones Better than Calcium; Cleanse the Liver and Can Treat Eczema and Psoriasis
Most people see the common dandelion as an invasive and annoying little weed that seems to spring up out of nowhere, but did you know that dandelions are actually an incredible natural medicine and source of food? Packed full of amazing nutrients, vitamins and earthy goodness, they are one of the most nutritious plants around.
Dandelions have been recorded throughout history as a useful and effective medicine to treat psoriasis, many blood disorders, anemia, eczema and depression.
They are jam packed with Vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, fiber, calcium, zinc, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus as well as being super rich in many trace minerals such as Vitamin K and Vitamin D. Pound for pound they have more protein than spinach!
Dandelion Health Benefits
Dandelion can dramatically aid digestion and helps to balance out the good and bad bacteria within the stomach and the intestines and helps to stimulate appetite.
Dandelion is also a diuretic, stimulating urine production and aids the kidneys in excreting toxic waste and excess water. It also acts as a mild laxative by softening stools, thus aiding in constipation relief.
Super rich in Vitamin K, dandelions can contain over 500 percent of your daily recommended intake. Vitamin K is a vital fat-soluble vitamin that is required by our bodies for bone mineralization. Studies have shown that Vitamin K is more efficient at building and strengthening bones than calcium!
Cleanses The Liver
Dandelions increase the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase, an antioxidant that help fight free-radical damage to cells and DNA, basically meaning that the aging process in our cells is slowed down!
Dandelion has also shown in studies to aid the liver function by helping remove harmful toxins within the body and providing an increased amount of electrolytes.
A 2017 study found that polysaccharides in dandelion are very beneficial to liver function.
Due to their plentiful amounts of essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants, dandelions are able to reduce and control inflammation and pain across many regions of the body, comparable to some harmful prescription medications and without the nasty side effects.
Dandelion has the potential to lower and control cholesterol levels as shown in a number of studies carried out on animals.
Hight Blood Pressure
Super nutritious and rich in fiber and potassium, dandelions have lots of potential to help regulate blood pressure.
Dandelion has a positive effect on our immune system and immune function. It can help fight off many microbes and bacteria and can be used topically to treat a wide variety of skin irritations.
How To Use Dandelions
Dandelions can be eaten raw and straight from the ground after a quick wash or sautéed in a frying pan at home. Many people also make dandelion tea. The roots are often used to make tea and boast the most impressive health benefits of the whole plant.
They contain very high levels of calcium, potassium and phosphorous and many of the antioxidants found in the roots can help to inhibit the growth of and induce death in cancer cells.
Did you know that raisins can help you detoxify your liver from toxins and help it function optimally? Namely, raisins are abundant in antioxidants that prevent the free radicals to cause damage on the liver.
Moreover, as they contain a potent flavonoid known as quercetin, they can keep the liver safe from alcohol toxicity.
Why We Need to Pay more Attention to Our Liver Health?
The liver is one of the most complex organs and it is known to have several functions, i.e. it participates in digestion and cholesterol regulation, boosts the immunity, and balances the blood sugar.
What’s more, it plays a major role in the filtering out of toxins from the blood. Though this may seem as a bit too much, we need to understand that the liver is a resilient and strong organ which has the ability to self-regenerate.
However, we need to help it from time to time, knowing how much burden it has. Similarly to cleaning your house when spring comes, it is also good to detoxify your liver from time to time. And, there is no better ally than the all-mighty raisins!
How to Cleanse Your Liver Using Raisins?
Raisins, that is, dried grapes, are sweet and healthy treat which people who are on a healthy diet regularly consume. Abundant in important nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins B, C, and E, it definitely helps us preserve our optimal health.
What’s more, they are great in detoxifying the liver from toxins and protecting it from further damage. Here is how:
Averts alcohol damage
The quercetin in raisins is known to help fight off free radicals and prevent free radical damage and this has been shown in an animal study. The treatment with quercetin helped protect the liver from free radical damage. Therefore, if you consume the occasional drink, you should definitely up your raisin consumption to preserve your liver health.
Fights off free radical damage
Free radicals are known to damage the cells and DNA and may also lead to liver injury. Present in polluted air, tobacco, and alcohol, free radicals are also produced in our body during the food-to-energy conversion in the body. This is where raisins can help protect your liver with their phenolic antioxidants.
Protect you from dangerous food additives
The abundance of vitamin C in raisins contributes to its antioxidant power which is pivotal for a healthy liver. Monosodium glutamate, a frequently used food enhancer, was found to trigger liver injury in animal rats. However, vitamin C intake before this additive’s consumption was administered, it fought off the toxicity.
How to Consume Raisins & Cleanse the Liver
A popular traditional remedy is consuming a handful of raisins per day to fight off problem livers and to boost its health.
You can also soak several raisins in water overnight. Then, in the morning, drink the raisin water. This remedy is also great for boosting the digestion and making your bowel movements more regular.
As of March 2019, 15 states plus the District of Columbia have maintained laws to keep marijuana illegal. The rest have legalized marijuana for mostly medical use, but some states allow recreational use. Marijuana has several “claims to fame” for its medical use. This includes use as pain treatment, for seizures, and for nausea related to chemotherapy and radiation. Many of its other reported medical uses are still being studied.
One use that medical professionals and scientists are still studying is how marijuana can prevent liver damage from excessive alcohol use, otherwise known as alcoholic hepatitis.
WHAT IS ALCOHOLIC HEPATITIS?
Alcoholic hepatitis is a liver infection primarily caused by repeated heavy use of alcohol. It creates a buildup of fat in the liver cells which then leads to inflammation and scarring of the liver. This scarring is called cirrhosis. The results can be fatal and can lead to needing a liver transplant, which requires one to abstain from alcohol entirely.
Our liver is designed to convert food and drink into nutrients that our body can then use. As a part of this process, the liver filters poisons and other harmful substances from the blood. When we consume too much alcohol at one time, we create a strain on the liver. If we consume a lot of alcohol on a regular or daily basis, it is too much for our liver to handle. Alcohol can damage and destroy liver cells, weakening the liver and causing damage to the organ.
Our liver can only filter one alcoholic drink per hour. More drinks consumed within that time only increases the amount of time it takes for the liver to filter it. The excess of alcohol then circulates into the bloodstream. That process is responsible for the effects we feel when we are drunk or intoxicated. The word “intoxicated” literally means we have toxins in our body which are creating effects on our nervous system, heart, and brain.
SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DAMAGE
Twenty percent of all heavy drinkers develop some form of liver disease. The safe amount of alcohol for a person to drink is considered one drink for women or two for men a day. Regular increased amounts raise your chances for liver disease. It is important to add that liver disease is not only caused by alcohol, but can also be caused by genetics, obesity, medications, poisons, and viruses. This form of liver disease is referred to as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
The symptoms of liver disease are:
THE MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL-RELATED LIVER DISEASE CONNECTION
A study was published on January 17, 2018, by several scientists; they analyzed the 2014 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-Nationwide inpatient small discharge record of patients 18 years and older. These patients had a past or current background of abusive alcohol use. They studied four different stages of progressive liver disease in conjunction with 1) non-cannabis users, which made up about 90.3% of the study population; 2) non-dependent cannabis users, which comprised 8.26% of the populace; and 3) dependent cannabis users, making up 1.36% of the study.
Dependence indicates a state of physical dependence on a substance; subjects demonstrate tolerance toward the use of the substance and withdrawal symptoms upon not using it regularly. Marijuana is not viewed as an addictive substance, but a dependent substance.
The results showed that cannabis users, dependent or non-dependent, showed far lower odds in developing the four progressions of liver disease. Dependent users had even lower odds when compared to non-dependent users.
Interestingly enough, a similar study was performed for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and it was determined that a strong relationship exists between cannabis use and reduction of liver disease. Results showed that the prevalence of NAFLD was 15% lower in non-dependent users and 52% lower in dependent users.
RECEPTORS THAT HELP COMBAT LIVER DISEASE
Another study published back in 2005 states that endocannabinoids in cannabis positively affect the liver. Endocannabinoids are compounds that bind to the same receptors as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in hashish and marijuana. These receptors are the same as the ones in our brain and peripheral tissues, including our liver. The study concludes with this: “Endocannabinoids appear to be involved in several aspects of acute and chronic liver disease, including vascular changes, modulation of the inflammatory process and neurological function.”
A later study published in Jan 2011 essentially states that there are two different types of receptors: 1) CB1, recognized as the most common receptor in the brain, as well as in peripheral tissue, including various cell types of the liver, albeit at a lower level; and 2) CB2 receptors, expressed primarily in the immune and hematopoietic cells as well as in the liver cells. The study concludes that CB1 activity contributes to the abnormalities and fibrosis in liver cirrhosis. Therefore, if we activate CB1 antagonist, then we can slow or delay the process of liver disease.
The concern of using cannabis as that antagonist is the neuropsychiatric side effects which can limit the therapeutic effects on the brain. Yet, there have been more discoveries of non-psychoactive CB2 agonists which may offer benefits to the liver, including tissue repair. Essentially, since cannabis has the same receptor properties as CB1 receptors, its use can help the body combat liver disease.
Thus far, all studies emphasize the importance of more research to further explore the role cannabis use could play in the treatment of liver disease. Also, further research may help to determine how it creates this decrease in progression.
ADVICE TO USE MARIJUANA WITH CAUTION
While the studies above show promise for liver disease, doctors advise caution in the use of marijuana.
Norah Terrault, MPH, MD, the director of the Viral Hepatitis Center at the University of California in San Francisco, spoke about marijuana use while at the 2018 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in November of 2018.
She states that due to the recent legalization of medical and recreational use of marijuana, she has more and more patients who inquire about its use in their treatment. She warns that there are about 60 different cannabis products from THC, CBD, and others.
Terrault advises her patients that the studies related to liver disease are still fairly new. There remain a lot of unknowns. She personally treats it as an herbal supplement. Why an herbal supplement? Her view is that it is not known how pure a product actually is – whether it is herbal or cannabis. Often, additives are present which can change its effectiveness. Additionally, we are still not certain regarding the pros and cons of cannabis use for treatment on liver disease.
In regards to a virus-induced liver disease, she states: “There is some data in the hepatitis C virus arena. [That area] is probably where there actually are some human studies and publications. For individuals who have hepatitis C viral infection who are using daily cannabis, we have prior studies that suggest those individuals were at higher risk of fibrosis progression, and there are some animal data to support that.”
FINAL THOUGHTS AND ADVICE
She continues to state: “We know that when the liver develops fibrosis, there is expression of CB1, CB2 receptors, and so the cannabinoid receptors are expressed on fibrotic tissue. Some of them are profibrogenic, and some of them are antifibrogenic, and depending on the cannabinoid product, those receptors could be affected differently. In a given individual with this variable product that we have of marijuana, it may actually be a potential risk for a profibrogenic effect, and so you could have accelerations.”
Currently, she is advising her patients who wish to try it (in states where it is legal to do so), but to not use cannabis on a daily basis. She does emphasize that results are still unknown and it is her preference to not use it at this time for any serious treatment.
The study of marijuana preventing liver damage from alcohol, or non-alcohol use, interests scientists and doctors alike. Thus far, it shows great promise. As a new discovery, it will take years to understand its long-term benefits or disadvantages.
If you do use cannabis to treat liver damage from alcohol, make sure to talk to your doctor first. As a final caution, smoking it is counterproductive, since inhaling smoke from any plant material causes damage to the lungs. If you can find it in tea, powder, or tincture form, that would be considered a superior treatment method.