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What Does Your Liver Actually Do? - Teri Cochrane

What Does Your Liver Actually Do?

If asked, could you name the top 4 functions of the liver?

There’s a reason we can’t live without our “livers” - they are our most potent detoxifier and the body’s cleaning system, helping to break down fats, dietary nutrients, and filter toxins from the blood. 

Imagine a drain that becomes clogged with calcium deposits, soap and hair - it makes it much more difficult for water to pass through it and can even back up, flooding the sink!

The liver isn’t so different. When we eat the “right wrong” foods for our bodies, max out our toxic burdens with chemicals, heavy metals or mold, and reduce our own natural detoxification capability - we might feel our own internal sinks begin to overflow. 

This can take the form of: 

  • Acne
  • Skin rashes
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Hair loss
  • A yellow, jaundiced pallor to the skin or eyes
  • Nausea after eating
  • Sensitivity to chemicals, scents and perfumes
  • Motion sickness
  • Light colored, loose or fluffy stools
  • Allergies
  • Poor sleep quality

 and more…

When the liver becomes backed up, we struggle to break down fats (the building blocks of our hormones), resulting in metabolic imbalances, disrupted sleep and poor digestive function. 

Meanwhile, a reduced ability to manage environmental and dietary toxins may leave you extra sensitive to perfumes or chemicals in personal care products, feeling nauseous in the morning and even susceptible to motion sickness. 

The solution? Eating & supplementing to your genetic blueprint. 

I cannot stress enough that, based on your unique genetic blueprint, even some healthy foods can block up the liver - these include curcumin or turmeric, and grapefruit. 

I once saw a client who gained 15 pounds in 2 weeks with no explanation. I later discerned that she had begun drinking 5 cups of turmeric tea a day to help with inflammation. Because of her genetic predispositions, the turmeric tea she was drinking significantly reduced her liver function, leaving her unable to process and break down fats - thus the weight gain. 

That’s the power of body talk!

To find out more about your own genetic blueprint, take the Wild-Type Quiz today!

To The Tru Of You,

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