Monday, August 6, 2012

Taking care of your liver By Valerie Hould-Marchand

The liver is the body’s largest organ, weighing about four pounds in men, and three pounds in women. More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver! Especially important among these is helping to process the food you eat by aiding digestion, extracting nutrients and breaking down harmful drugs and poisons. So it goes without saying that everything you eat and drink affects your liver. And even if you are in top physical condition and watch your diet, why not do everything you can to keep your liver clean to stay energetic and free from illness. You could certainly try a natural cleanse, and perhaps you have already done so, but there are other ways to keep your liver functioning at an optimal level. Next time you feel like your liver needs a little assistance, simply blend some of mother nature’s best. All you will need is a blender and the following 6 ingredients : • 3 Tbsp. Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 4 garlic cloves (peeled) • 1 ½ cups of freshly squeezed orange juice • 1 piece of fresh ginger • ½ cup of lemon or lime juice • A dash of Cayenne pepper Put all the ingredients into your blender and drink right away. This drink is the perfect way to give your liver the boost it needs. And who knows, you might enjoy the taste… One thing is for sure, your liver will thank you. DID YOU KNOW ? The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself. Up to 25 percent of the liver can be removed, and within a short period of time, it will grow back to its original size. Until next time, Heal yourself Heal the planet References : Prescription for Dietary Wellness, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

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