July 20, 2004
| Fatigue &
Detoxify Your Liver
Your liver governs your body’s ability to
metabolize important chemicals (such as dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine,
and the sex hormones).
In addition to their regular jobs, these chemicals
affect mood and attitude. And, the liver’s role as body detoxifier
takes a toll on its ability to do its job, just as a water filter
becomes clogged and sluggish after purifying several badly contaminated
The first sign of liver backlog often appears
as depressed or anxious mood, sleeplessness, food cravings, irritability,
and emotional roller coastering.
How To Cleanse Your Liver
Milder methods, spread out over several days or
weeks, can be done without disrupting your daily schedule. Harsher
methods, taking a day or two, usually require that you remove yourself
from day-to-day duties until the procedure is completed.
Some examples follow. (For more options and a
more detailed how-to, see The Chemistry of Success by Susan
Lark, M.D. and James Richards, MBA, published by Bay Books and available
on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders and your local book store.)
The mild detox diet: This diet lightens
the liver’s workload so it can focus more energy on cleansing and
rejuvenating. The liver literally can re-grow brand new liver tissueas
much as one-third of its total mass at a time if given the chance.
During detox, eat a predominantly vegetarian diet,
with emphasis on raw, organic salads and vegetables, and whole grains
and legumes. Soft-textured fish such as salmon, and eggs, are permitted
if desired. Avoid fatty or processed foods, refined white sugar
and flour, alcohol, caffeine, and non-essential drugs. Drink chamomile
and peppermint teas, and mineral water.
Make your last meal of the day your lightest,
so your liver can spend the night rejuvenating instead of detoxifying
food by-products. The longer you follow this diet, the more refreshed
your liver will become.
Take blue-green algae. It promotes
efficient liver function and has the happy side effect of stabilizing
mood. Dose: 1 tbsp daily, in 8-12 ounces water. Use algae only from
a reputable company that processes it in an FDA-approved laboratory,
otherwise you could get a highly toxic form.
Take essential fatty acids. Specifically,
GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which
have been shown to enhance mood and reduce aggression, irritability,
anger, hostility, and emotional vulnerability to stress. Dose: 1-2
capsules of fish oil daily (rich in DHA), and/or 2-4 capsules of
borage oil daily (rich in GLA). You can also take 1-2 tablespoons
of flaxseed oil to get the same benefit.
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