Love thy Liver
If you have ever had a consultation with me then you would know I like to talk about the liver! Our livers are incredible and they don’t get enough credit.
Did you know they require 30% of our cardiac output to perform? That in itself demonstrates its importance.The liver is involved in more than 500 jobs. It’s the primary organ of detoxification and its main functions are detoxification, metabolism and storage-being the interface between the stomach and the GI tract.
In this post I’m going to focus on some of the effects of stress on liver function because stress of any kind decreases the detoxification and metabolic functions as well as suppressing the immune functions.
-reduces the livers ability regulate blood glucose levels. The liver has glucose receptors that are dependent on magnesium. When the body is under stress, our magnesium stores are depleted so the liver is less able to regulate our blood glucose levels
-decreases arterial pressure and this reduces the kidneys and livers ability to remove toxins
-causes a deficiency in oxygen to the liver which can lead to poor
iron conjugation contributing to anaemia
-depletes the livers energy which affects our overall energy level
-reduces the ability to clear free radicals
-contributes to liver stagnation and reduction of bile
-disrupts hormone balance. The liver regulates the balance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones. It transforms or removes any excess from the body. If the liver cannot do this properly, there is the risk of imbala
-expands natural killer cells (NKT) in the liver and, in some cases, contributes to liver cell death
-weakens our immune system. The liver is a key, frontline immune tissue. Ideally positioned to detect pathogens entering the body via the gut, the liver appears designed to detect, capture, and clear bacteria, viruses, and macromolecules
There are many stressors that we can all acknowledge and make a conscious effort to reduce such as emotional stress, EMF stress, chemical and physical stress.
Nutritional therapy can help you identify and remove as many stressors as possible but it is important to know that there are many potential stressors that you may not know about. For example, you may have a food intolerance that has gone unnoticed. This is specific to you and may not be perceived as a stress for someone else. What one person needs is not the same as someone else and I work on a very individual basis to help you discover and address the key areas that need support.