Did you know that the liver is one of the body's most important organs?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is often underexamined and several symptoms of hepatic origin can occur despite so-called normal blood values.⠀
Here are the different functions of the liver:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Blood filtration and purification
- Processing and storage of substances absorbed by the digestive tract (including drugs)
- Elimination of potentially toxic residues of certain drugs
- Metabolizes alcohol, drugs, surrounding pollutants, estradiol
- Helps the body fight infections by removing bacteria from the blood
- Manufactures cholesterol, a molecule essential for membrane fluidity and the synthesis of steroid hormones
- Manufactures bile and bile salts. They act as a lubricant of the digestive tract, facilitating the sliding of the food bolus in addition to allowing the absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A, D, K and E
- Manufacture of most proteins
- Participates in the fluidity of the blood and the storage of iron for the synthesis of red blood cells
- The liver also manages the 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐥𝐮𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐠𝐥𝐮𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐞 in the blood. It plays an important role in the balance of blood sugar. It stores carbohydrates around place, participating in 𝐥'𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥. He also releases them as needed.
The gall bladder , too, is an organ related to digestion which is greatly underestimated.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is often recognized by the problem of "liver stone", gallstones or chololithiasis, terms that all have the same meaning, that is, the formation of small crystals in the gallbladder.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Advanced symptoms are known to be extremely painful: a sharp pain in the pit of the stomach or under the ribs on the right side that can radiate to the right shoulder. A warning sign may be recurrent nausea and / or vomiting.⠀⠀⠀⠀
What can cause gallstones?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- A diet rich in carbohydrates, sugars and refined foods, fast food, saturated fat, frying, breadcrumbs, .....
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Not drinking enough water
- A diet low in fiber
- An imbalance between the concentration of cholesterol and bile salts in the bile
The possible repercussions of removing the gallbladder are:⠀
- A deficiency in fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, K, E)
- Irritation and thinning of the intestinal lining
- A hormonal imbalance due to a lack of good fat absorbed
- An alternation between constipation and diarrhea⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My recommendations following a gallbladder removal:⠀
- Favor extra virgin and cold-pressed olive oil
- Favor avocado with nuts and seeds
- Avoid processed fats, fast food, fried foods, sugars, refined foods (bread, pasta, pastries, ...).)
- Drink a minimum of 2L of water per day
- Consume a minimum of 25g of fiber per day
- Cook with or accompany meals of choleretic plants (dandelion, milk thistle, chicory, rosemary, black radish)
- Do nutraceutical cycles of hepatobiliary caregivers. (see sectionLiver support)
TOP 5 PLANTS THAT CAN HELP YOUR LIVER EVERYDAY⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Milk Thistle: Milk thistle can be purchased as a tincture or capsule, on its own or as a synergistic blend with other nutrients. Milk thistle is used to treat conditions of the bile ducts and liver and has protective properties for the liver. It has been suggested that milk thistle may help promote regeneration of liver cells, reduce inflammation, and be beneficial for people with liver problems.
- Artichoke: It can be eaten, drunk as an infusion or taken as a supplement. The artichoke is useful in the case of congestion or liver failure (lazy liver), jaundice and poor digestion of fatty substances. By stimulating bile secretion, the artichoke also acts on states of constipation.
- Watercress: It is an excellent source of vitamins A, K and C, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. It is recognized as a powerful antioxidant, a tonic, diuretic, appetizer, antianemic, dewormer, expectorant, stomachic, sudorific, depurative and hypoglycemic.
- theorganic leaf green tea: Green tea and its main polyphenolic compound, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are involved in estrogen metabolism, protect against various liver conditions, including liver cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver and chronic liver disease.
- Dandelion: Its choleretic and cholagogue action helps against liver disorders and gallbladder dysfunction. It is recognized for its diuretic action as well as for eliminating calcium oxalate crystals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For supplementation, consult a qualified naturopath.
𝐔𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐢 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐢𝐞: The best sautéed livers in sauce
Rich in vitamin A, folic acid, iron and zinc. The liver is the most nutrient dense organ in meat, and is an important source of vitamin A. Its richness in these nutrients makes it a food with great digestive benefits. The liver is strongly recommended for people with digestive problems, inflammatory bowel and joint diseases or even anemia.
It is crucial that it is biological and comes from an animal that has lived in the wild.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 1 to 2 lbs ORGANIC chicken or beef livers cut in half and stripped of their white matter⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 2 tablespoons of avocado or coconut oil with butter flavor⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 1 chopped onion⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- ¼ cup of coconut cream⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 1/4 teaspoon of thyme⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- pink salt and pepper to taste⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Fresh parsley and fresh mint for garnish⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Using a pan over medium / high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, add onion and cook until golden, about 5 minutes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- In the pan, add the liver, cook over medium / high heat for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through and the inside is slightly pink.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Pour in the apple cider vinegar and coconut cream. - Sprinkle with thyme, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Stir and bring gently to a boil.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Turn off the heat and garnish with parsley and chopped mint.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Serve with wild rice, konjac or over cauliflower puree⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Article written by Émilie Riendeau
Naturopath, B. Sc, ND, K. In
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