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LIVER FUNCTION & DISORDERS
"He, who knows how to listen, hears wisdom.
The liver, the largest organ in the body, performs complex functions relating to the processing, filtering and regulating of chemicals in the blood. It also has a role in the digestive process.
The heart pumps oxygen rich blood into the liver and nutrient rich blood enters the liver from the digestive tract. The liver manufacturers albumin, globin, also a protein important to the defense against infection and regulates amino acids and levels of blood sugar. It also metabolizes toxic substances including alcohol and other substances. Waste products are secreted as bile which is sent to the bladder and ultimately eliminated as urine.
There are several problems and diseases that can damage the liver and prevent it from effectively performing its complicated chemical processes.
A liver abscess is a pus-filled sac in the liver that may be caused by trauma or some type of infection.
Liver cancer can be tied to hepatitis B or C or some other chronic liver disease or it can originate elsewhere in the body such as the breast, lung or intestinal tract. Symptoms can include lack of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, weakness and abdominal discomfort. In the later stages jaundice (skin yellowing) may be easily noticed.
Fatty liver is an early stage of alcoholic liver disease caused by heavy alcohol use that results in an accumulation of fat in the liver. The body has no natural storage capacity for alcohol so after alcohol is consumed, it is excreted unchanged in the urine or breath or converted by liver cells into acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a toxic substance that can damage and eventually kill liver cells. Fatty liver is reversible if one abstains totally from all alcoholic beverages. The fat disappears and the liver heals. More advanced alcoholic liver disease produces Cirrhosis, a permanent scaring of liver tissue that is not reversible.
Being stupid, isn't not knowing much, nor is it not wanting to know much.
When the liver is so damaged that it can no longer perform its duties, liver failure is around the corner. When the liver can no longer eliminate toxins, manufacture proteins, store and release energy and promote absorption of fats, a person is in the final life threatening stage of liver disease. Symptoms of liver failure include swelling or enlargement of the liver, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, malnutrition, confusion and accumulation of fluids in the abdomen. Treatment at this point usually involves a liver transplant if a matching donor organ can be found in time.
We have a certain responsibility to keep our bodies in good health,
Our NATURAL & ALTERNATIVE HEALING RESOURCE DIRECTORY provides information on great products and where to buy them that specifically target many of the conditions that affect "modern man" today. Drinking Kombucha on a regular basis also may very well be the most important thing you can do to regain and maintain good health.
Obviously, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your liver healthy. The idea of drinking a fermented tea to keep your liver functioning efficiently might sound a little incredible to some people.
Medicine cures three tenths, diet cures seven tenths.
Kombu. . what, you might ask.
It wasn't until 1993 that Kombucha was introduced to the American public. Today, over 3,000,000 Americans drink Kombucha on a regular basis.
The positive effects of Kombucha on the total body and its systems should also hold true for maintaining a healthy liver.
Americans have been clogging up their arteries, veins and organs for years. It is estimated that today there as many as 7,000 chemicals appear in our food. They are put there by the food industry to make our food look better, taste and smell better and have a longer shelf life. An educated guess is that each adult American consumes 5 pounds of chemical additives each year so by the time you are 60 your body has had to cope with rendering harmless and expelling 250 pounds of chemicals. It is therefore essential to cleanse your liver regularly.
Kombucha seems to be the biological equivalent of STP gas treatment, carburetor cleaner and radiator flush all rolled into one. It works at the cellular and molecular level pulling toxins out. Glucuronic acid (GA) then binds the toxins in the liver which are then eliminated via your urine. Toxins bound by GA cannot be reabsorbed by the intestines or the urinary system. This detoxification and cleansing promotes a healthier bladder, liver and pancreas.
Dr. Valentin Kohler in 1961 in a magazine wrote an article "Glucuronic acid gives patients hope. His cancer patients had encouraging results with glucuronic acid increasing their physical resistance to cancer and possibly boosting interferon production. Glucuronic acid is one of the products formed during the Kombucha fermentation process.
Properly fermented tea is also the same pH as the stomach fluids are supposed to be. It therefore helps balance stomach juices so they are not too acidic or too alkaline.
Several important acids are in properly fermented Kombucha which coupled with balanced pH create a hostile environment for pathogens. If pathogens can't thrive and multiply, there is less chance of infections including cancer.
Kombucha is a living tea containing friendly bacteria and beneficial yeasts (not to be confused with the Candida variety). It is very beneficial in nourishing intestinal flora and should relieve many conditions involving the digestive tract. It also contains lactic acid and acetic acid which deter the growth of harmful bacteria.
The fermentation process produces a variety of substances from acetylcholine, which benefits the body's nervous system to choline which normalizes blood pressure and prevents hypertension. It is helpful in achieving and maintaining healthy digestive and urinary tracts and nourishes white and red blood cells.
Kombucha by itself
doesn't cure anything.
It costs only about $5 a month since you brew the tea yourself. About 1 or 2 hours a month is needed for the brewing and cleanup. It's also simple. If you can bake a Duncan Hines cake then you too can be a Master Brewmeister.
I grew up in Missouri and as Uncle Harry (Truman) would say, the buck stops here. If you are willing to put forth a little effort there is no reason for you to continue to suffer. I know it sounds too simple to be true so visit our Home page for the details of our SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. For more technical information on Kombucha and its history click on the About Kombucha and America's America's Health Crisis pages.
Since Kombucha nourishes at the cellular membrane level it has a positive effect on many chronic and debilitating conditions. On the left side of our Home Page we list many conditions that millions of Americans are suffering from. If you or a loved one has any of these conditions take the time to check it out and see how Kombucha might be of benefit. Take charge of your family's health today.DISCLAIMER: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies and or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescription medications. The information and statements contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING: Those drinking properly prepared Kombucha in sufficient quantities should experience increased energy and stamina, improved mood, stronger immune system, some weight loss (if over your natural weight), lower medical bills and vitamin and supplement savings. Many will experience improvement or elimination of a wide variety of medical conditions. A much improved "quality of life" is not uncommon. Proceed at your own risk.