Ever thought, oh no! I have a third eye!? One of those pimples slap bang in between your eyebrows?
Or do you just have deep lines between your brows, but do not know why they are there as you are not a big one for frowning?
Or have dark circles around the eyes, or are you puffy eyed, or worse yet, white lumpy things around the eye area which are called Milia – horrid things to try to move.
These areas on your face represent the liver, stomach and small intestine. Under your eyes this area is also the kidneys – but today we are going to discuss the liver.
The liver is one of your most important organs, it is also one which we do not really think about, and many of us even abuse it, until we find ourselves faced with liver disease.
The liver is a large reddish brown solid organ located in the upper part of the abdomen, tucked away under the right side of the rib cage. A healthy liver is around four to five times the size of your fist.
The liver is made up of lots of smaller units of liver cells. Many canals carrying blood and gal run between the liver cells. Blood coming from the digestive organs, flow through the portal vein to the liver, carrying nutrients, medication and also toxic substances. Once they reach the liver, these substances are processed, stored, altered, detoxified, and passed back into the blood or released in the bowel to be eliminated. In this way the liver can, for example, remove alcohol from your blood and get rid of by-products from the breakdown of medications.
With the help of vitamin K the liver produces proteins that are important in blood clotting. It is also one of the organs that break down old or damaged blood cells.
The liver plays a central role in all metabolic processes in the body. In fat metabolism the liver cells break down fats to produce energy. They also produce about 800 to 1,000 ml of bile per day. This yellow, brownish or olive green liquid is collected in small ducts and then passed on to the main bile duct which carries the bile to a part of the small intestine called the duodenum. Bile is important for the breakdown and absorption of fats.
In the metabolism of carbohydrates, the liver helps to ensure that the level of sugar in your blood (blood glucose) stays constant. If your blood sugar levels increase, for example after a meal, the liver removes sugar from blood supplied by the portal vein and stores it in the form of glycogen. If someone’s blood sugar levels are too low, the liver breaks down glycogen and releases sugar into the blood. As well as sugar, the liver also stores vitamins and minerals (iron and copper), and releases them into the blood when needed.
The liver also plays an important role in the metabolism of proteins. Liver cells change amino acids in foods so that they can be used to produce energy, or make carbohydrates or fats. A toxic substance called ammonia is a by-product of this process. The liver cells convert ammonia to a much less toxic substance called urea which is released into the blood. Urea is then transported to the kidneys and passes out of the body in urine.
If your liver is not functioning properly, you could find all or some of the symptoms below;
Excess body weight
Difficulty loosing weight
Circles under the eyes
Feeling tired all of the time
Bowel movement problems
Nausea or vomiting
Slight abdominal discomfort
If you have a few, or many of the above, you should look at detoxing your liver. You will notice a dramatic change in your skin within a week of doing so.
Some people genetically do not have a great liver, they may genetically have high cholesterol even when they eat healthily. Other symptoms are low alcohol tolerance, prone to bloating and bowel issues. A regular liver detox is a necessity, and a clean food diet with large quantities of water a must.
To cleanse the liver, you need to keep toxins down to a bare minimum. Avoid food with pesticides – basically eat organic, or vegetables grown by farmers who grow pesticide free food (these great farmers can be found at local markets).
Have a raw juice every morning – ideally completely vegetable based, but if too “yuk’ you can add fruit to make it more palatable – but keep fruits down to a minimum as they are loaded with natural sugars.
Other important toxics to remove are tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. If you are on antibiotics, you should discuss lowering them down to the minimum amount possible. Many painkillers, and drugs for hypertension and cholesterol you will still be able to stop in due course, but whilst detoxing, just take the bare minimum.
Make sure you drink two litres of purified water daily, if you do not drink enough water you can find yourself with unpleasant detox symptoms such as nausea, headaches and severe fatigue.
Herbal support will not only help speed things up, but will repair the liver more effectively and efficiently than detoxing will alone.
Herbs such as Milk thistle, Globe Artichoke, Dandelion, Green Tea, B group vitamins and Selenium. The easiest way to take these is by adding them to your veggie juice first thing in the morning. A great one to use as it also contains superfoods is Blackmore’s Recharge Liver Detox – one teaspoon to be taken daily with your juice.
Once you start cleansing your system, you will heal your liver.
What happens first, is that the liver starts burning the fat in the cells and starts focusing on healing the cells instead of pilling more fats up.
You may feel sluggish the first week – but after that, you will start to feel great, and your skin will glow.
Make sure you exercise as well, this will help the liver to start burning fats, and speed up the weight loss.
To treat the white heads around the eyes is a delicate operation, as the skin around this area is sensitive, let alone it being near your eye area!
To gently but effectively break these white heads down, I highly recommend you use Purestuf Enlighten Mask, it is a special order mask, so ask Chrissy the owner to make you up a pot of this marvellous product. Apply with a cotton tip to the white heads every 2- 3 days. Leave on for 10 minutes. This will slowly break the fatty deposits down, and if you keep cleansing and exfoliating the area, they will start to loosen up and break down. For the darkness and puffiness under the eyes, use David Dean’s Bright eyes as it contains ingredients to remove puffiness and dark circles.
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