An Exciting Announcement and a Liver Health Quiz

Before I get into today’s topic, I have a very exciting announcement:

Our BRAND NEW website (www.holisticblends.com) will officially be launched on Tuesday, February 10th!

We’re all very excited here at Holistic Blends and are confident that you will LOVE our new long-awaited site!

Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to:

  • You’ll have a convenient one-stop shopping experience—our books (Great Taste No Pain and Great Taste No Gluten) and our Blue Rock Holistics™ supplements (Super Shield, Digestizol Max, VitalMega-3 and Hydroxaden 2.5) will all be under one roof!
  • You’ll be able to create your own account, making reorders a breeze!
  • You’ll have an opportunity to read about various digestive conditions and suggested measures you can take (both traditional and holistic) to help encourage healing and ease your symptoms!
  • You’ll be kept abreast as to where and when I’ll be speaking throughout the US, so you can come out and say hello if you’re in the area!
  • You’ll get links for various products and services that I personally recommend!

So remember—make a note to visit www.holisticblends.com starting Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Now on to today’s topic:

Many times when something goes awry inside of us, we get little warning signs that tell us something isn’t right.

Pain is the one most people think of.  Pain is not normal—it’s a sign that your body is dealing with a challenge and cranking out inflammation as a result…and it would be wise to figure out exactly what that challenge is.

Gas, bloating and heartburn are pretty strong indicators that something’s not right with your digestion.

If your lips swell up and you break out in hives after eating a certain food, chances are excellent you’re allergic to it.

But sometimes the signs our bodies give us are more vague or barely noticeable…so we might not think that anything is terribly wrong, when the truth is something is VERY wrong.

This is especially true when it comes to your liver.

Unlike your other bodily systems and organs, your liver doesn’t always sound an alarm to alert you when there’s a problem.

You see, your liver can continue to function when as much as 70% of its capacity is lost!  So many times people don’t even know they have a liver problem until it’s practically getting ready to shut down!

Let’s take a closer look at all your liver does for you, how you can tell if there’s a problem with yours, and how you can help keep your precious organ of detox in tip-top shape for years to come.

Crunch the numbers

When it’s working properly, your humble 4-pound liver:

  • Manufactures 13,000 different chemicals
  • Maintains 2,000 internal enzyme systems
  • Filters 100 gallons of blood daily
  • Produces 1 quart of bile each day
  • Stores up to 5-7 years of Vitamin B12, four years of Vitamin A and four months of Vitamin D

And much more.

As a matter of fact, your liver is SO busy that a Dean at a prestigious medical school was once quoted as saying, “I’d rather run all of the operations at General Motors for a day than be my own liver.”

That says it all, wouldn’t you say?

An impressive resume

Your liver performs more than 500 unique bodily functions that are ALL essential to life and health.

Here are four of the most critical:

1- The liver manufactures bile for the digestion of fats

In addition to breaking down fats, bile helps your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and turns beta-carotene into vitamin A.

Bile also is the “exit vehicle” for certain toxins that your liver filters out of your system. The toxin-drenched bile gets absorbed by fiber in your intestines and is escorted “out the door” when you have a bowel movement.

Now, if your liver isn’t working right and bile secretion is low, toxins end up staying in there too long and they accumulate. As a result, your liver can actually become constipated just like your colon!

2- The liver makes & breaks down cholesterol, estrogen and testosterone

Most people are misinformed as to where cholesterol comes from.

Although you do get some cholesterol from food (animal fat), the bulk of it is made by your liver.

If your liver is working properly, it closely watches your cholesterol level.  As such, when you take cholesterol in with your diet, your liver temporarily slows down its own production of cholesterol until more is needed.

So truly, the health of your liver is a HUGE indicator of whether you’ll have a cholesterol problem and an increased risk of heart disease.

And as far as hormones go, poor liver function can lead to hormone imbalances in both men and women.

Conditions such as PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and cancer of the breast, ovaries and uterus are associated with elevated estrogen, and that can be the result of the liver not breaking down and eliminating old, worn out estrogen down like it should.

3- The liver helps control regulation of blood sugar

Your liver works in partnership with the pancreas and adrenal glands to regulate your blood sugar.

If too much sugar quickly floods the liver from your intestines (like when you eat refined carbohydrates or drink soda), your liver converts the sugar to triglycerides–some of which are stored as fat and others put into your blood to be reconverted to glucose in your cells.

This cycle is crucial because it’s the primary way the sugar you eat can be controlled and slowly released into your blood.

If your liver isn’t carrying out this cycle properly, you are a candidate for chronic overproduction of insulin, Type 2 diabetes, increased fat storage and elevated cholesterol (in other words, an increased risk of obesity and heart disease).

4- The liver filters the blood and removes toxins

This is arguably the most important one of all.

About two quarts of blood pass through your liver EVERY SINGLE MINUTE for detoxification.

And this process is FAR more complex than you may think–it’s not simple like pouring juice through a sieve to filter out the pulp.

Your liver actually has two different levels of detox action–Phase I and Phase II–and depending on what gunk is sailing through your blood, it knows which of the phases to use.

Phase I detoxification is when the liver’s enzymes act on the toxins to break them apart into two or more harmless pieces.  (This is how your body metabolizes caffeine.)

Another Phase I process is where the enzymes change the toxin so it can be dissolved in water.  Then the liver passes it on to the kidneys so it can be put into your urine.

But there is another more dangerous side of Phase I detox called “bioactivation.”

This is when the end result of the enzyme action in Phase I is NOT a harmless or water-soluble substance but instead is much MORE toxic than the original toxins were!  This is when Phase II comes into play.

Phase II detoxification is when certain chemicals or molecules in your body (including some amino acids) are “handcuffed” to the toxin and “escort” it out of you through your urine or feces.

This is how heavy metals like mercury, aluminum and lead are detoxed.

Now, as long as your liver stays healthy, it can efficiently handle 99% of the toxins you take in before they enter your circulation and harm your tissues. These include toxins such as coffee, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, pesticides and food additives.

It also includes the toxins that you CREATE inside — namely, poorly digested food molecules that have seeped out of your intestines.

On the other hand, if your liver is NOT healthy, toxins will begin accumulating in your cells, tissues and organs.

And at that point, it’s not a matter of IF but WHEN you will develop a disease.

Is everything OK in there?

So now you’re probably thinking, “Gee, I wonder if my liver is OK.”

Since liver problems don’t always give you obvious symptoms right away, some people have livers that are functioning at only 25-30% of capacity and they are deluded into thinking that they’re healthy, when in reality they’re a walking time bomb!

Here is a quiz you can take to help see if there may be something going on with your organ of detox:

Liver Health Quiz

Answer the questions below using the following rating system for how often you experience each symptom:

  • 0 = Never
  • 1 = Sometimes
  • 2 = Often
  • 3 = Always

How often do you experience each of the following?

  1. Intolerance to greasy foods                                                                                    __________
  2. Foul smelling stools                                                                                                __________
  3. Constipation; hard stools                                                                                        __________
  4. Bitter taste in your mouth                                                                                      __________
  5. Grayish skin or yellow in the whites of your eyes                                                      __________
  6. Bad breath not related to a dental problem                                                              __________
  7. Excessive body odor                                                                                               __________
  8. Fatigue, sleepiness or headache after eating                                                            __________
  9. Dry skin or hair                                                                                                      __________
  10. Pain in the right side of your abdomen                                                                    __________
  11. Water retention                                                                                                    __________
  12. Pain in big toes or pain that radiates along the outside of your leg                            __________
  13. Blood in stools                                                                                                      __________
  14. Elevated blood cholesterol (over 200)                                                                     __________
  15. Elevated triglycerides (over 115)                                                                            __________

Your total score:  ________

Score interpretation:

  • Score of 0 – 2:  Liver problems are probably not a concern for you
  • Score of 3 – 6:  Liver problems may be a concern for you
  • Score of 7 or more:  Liver problems are very likely a concern for you

First and foremost, if you suspect liver problems, it’s important to see a doctor and have the necessary tests done ASAP.

But it doesn’t stop there!

Because it’s also crucial to look at what may be causing liver problems to begin with and how to minimize or prevent damage to what can arguably be called the most vital organ in your body.

Here are some things to consider:

Liver Abuse

Our poor livers are abused day in and day out.

Environmental pollution, prescription drugs, chemical food additives, chlorinated water, household chemicals and pesticides all dump loads of stress on our livers.

But the biggest abuser of your liver is very likely: YOU.

Yes, many people have habits that demand more and more of their humble, hard-working livers and they don’t give it any help.

So many people live on fast food, junk food, drink too much alcohol and overuse prescription and OTC drugs.

And in between their daily coffees, lattes, sodas and G2s, they might squeeze in a few sips of water if they’re lucky. Maybe not.

They smoke, use recreational drugs and eat WAY too many refined carbohydrates and trans-fats.

Am I talking about you?

If so, listen up.

As you can see, your liver isn’t something you can be without.

No liver = No you.

Pretty simple.

Now let’s look at…

How to have a healthy liver

First there’s the obvious one—reduce the toxins coming in that it has to filter. If you smoke or do drugs, please stop. Drink mainly water throughout the day. And limit that alcohol consumption to a drink or two, preferably with a meal.

But one of the best ways to have a healthy liver is to keep digestion efficient so that it can finish its task of toxin elimination.

That is what the Great Taste No Pain health system was designed to help you with.

http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp

Great Taste No Pain teaches you the foods to eat together to keep your digestion more efficient, and gives you delicious ways to enjoy health-creating, alkaline, high-fiber foods.

With better digestion and adequate fiber, your liver can eliminate toxins through the bile-fiber process I mentioned above. Plus the alkaline foods will help keep your pH alkaline, which is essential for good liver functioning (and the health of ALL of your organs).

In addition, when your foods are broken down more like they should be, you don’t run the risk of poorly digested food molecules entering your bloodstream and creating even MORE work for your liver to filter them out.

And Great Taste No Pain stresses delicious REAL foods — not foods loaded with chemicals and additives that your liver has to clean out of you!

Note: If gluten is an issue for you, check out Great Taste No Gluten instead.

http://www.greattastenogluten.com/great.asp

Keep that gut wall strong too

It’s crucial to have a healthy population of friendly flora to encourage efficient digestion and keep your gut wall strong (not porous) so toxins can be safely contained and eliminated.

Problem is, because of our diets loaded with fast/junk food, refined carbohydrates, soda and alcohol, most people are walking around with seriously imbalanced intestinal flora–also known as dysbiosis.

Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula can support you in turning that around FAST.

http://www.bluerockholistics.com/product/pross.asp

Super Shield is packed with 13 of the most potent, feisty strains of friendly flora that are ready and waiting to set up residence in your gut. In there they will help digest starches and fiber, and help keep your gut wall strong (so toxins are less likely to leak out into your bloodstream and stress your liver).

Additional support

Here are some other tips for pampering your precious liver:

  • Drink a large glass of room temperature water every morning to which a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice has been added to flush out the liver.
  • Incorporate lots of onions and garlic into your diet, as they help the liver escort heavy metals out of your body and support your liver’s efforts.
  • Consider milk thistle supplementation.

Help to keep your impressive little liver (and ALL of your organs) working properly well into your golden years—you couldn’t do anything nicer for yourself.

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