The liver plays an essential role in many bodily functions from protein production and blood clotting to glucose (sugar), cholesterol, and iron metabolism.
It is the largest organ in the body and has an enormous amount of blood flowing through it every minute of our lives.
Over 100 different forms of liver disease are currently known to exist and symptoms can vary widely depending on whether a patient has alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis, fatty liver disease or cirrhosis, for example.
- about 3.5 to 4.6 million Americans are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus;
- the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects around 30 percent of the United States population;
- an estimated 31,000 people in the United States die each year from cirrhosis;
- each year in the US, approximately 8,000 women and 21,000 men get liver cancer, and around 8,000 women and 16,000 men die from this type of cancer.
- loss of appetite;
- abdominal pain;
- yellow color in the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes (jaundice);
- the breath may have a musty sweet odor;
- fatigue and loss of energy;
- vomiting blood or passing black stools;
- mental disorientation or confusion;
- hypoglycemia and unstable blood sugar levels;
- arteries blocked with fat, leading to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes.
- red, swollen, itchy eyes.
Although liver disease is stereotypically associated with drugs or alcohol, the truth is that the different types of liver disease are caused by a variety of factors and are affecting everyone, from infants to older adults.
After years of heavy drinking, cirrhosis can occur. Cirrhosis is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease. Also, you do not have to get drunk for the cirrhosis to happen.
Between 10 and 20% of heavy drinkers will develop cirrhosis, according to the American Liver Foundation.
Tip – never mix alcohol with other drugs and medications.
Drugs & Toxins
The liver is responsible for processing most of the medications and chemicals that enter your body, leaving it vulnerable to acute or chronic liver disease caused by chemicals.
Tip – avoid taking unnecessary medications.
A build-up of fat within liver cells, commonly seen in overweight individuals or those who are obese. In the US, about 35 percent of adults are obese. Obesity is linked to a spectrum of liver issues, known as the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
An iron disorder in which the body simply loads too much iron. This problem is genetic and the excess iron, if left untreated, can damage organs, joints, and eventually be fatal.
A virus, or infection, that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C can range from a mild illness lasting several weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.
An inherited disease that affects the body’s capacity to metabolize copper. This disease may lead to liver failure and cirrhosis. Most people with this disease are diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 35, however, Wilson’s Disease can affect younger and older people, as well.
Spiritual Causes of Liver Disease
The liver is related to anger, particularly frustration or repressed anger. Anger is a natural emotion, but our thoughts that cause anger, our thoughts about anger, and our attitudes and beliefs about anger, are usually anything but natural and normal.
When we get stuck thinking certain “anger-thoughts,” we get stuck in the physical effects of that specific pattern of thinking. Reprogramming our thoughts will change the way our health expresses itself in that specific area of our life.
Moreover, when the liver energy is congested, an individual can experience depression, defensiveness, irritability, or discouragement. When these emotional states become chronic, we become ”emotionally toxic,” and the liver’s normal capacity to process toxins starts to decline. Therefore, this important organ plays a vital role in our emotions.
Liver problems like hepatitis and cirrhosis are caused by suppressed rage and anger. It represents an attitude of resistance to change.
If one is unwilling or unable to let go of the resulting anger that can easily turn into resentment and the desire for revenge, it can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Also, liver cancer is associated with chronic fault-finding, whether in others or yourself.
Don’t Drink Alcohol
It can severely damage the liver, so it is best to strictly avoid alcohol. Tip – you don’t have to be an alcoholic to risk damaging your health.
The problem is found in the fats of the animal products (meat, eggs and dairy products) as well as fried foods, like – French fries, onion rings, doughnuts, and margarine.
The problem isn’t the fat molecules themselves, but rather the heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and environmental pollutants that are found inside those fat molecules.
Try to incorporate the following foods in your regular nutrition:
- red kidney beans;
- white beans;
- mung beans;
- oat bran;
- sweet potatoes;
- sweet peppers;
- Cayenne peppers;
- sunflower seeds;
- Swiss chard;
- flax seeds;
- pumpkin seeds;
- sesame seeds;
- Brazil nuts;
- pine nuts;
It is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise helps give your body the energy it needs to work well, can help boost your immune system and will help keep your liver healthy.
Smoking yields chemical compounds with cytotoxic potential which increase fibrosis and necroinflammation. Furthermore, smoking increases the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, that would be involved in liver cell injury.
Another problem – in patients with hepatitis B or C, smoking cigarettes can increase the risk of a form of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma.
Tip – passive smoking increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease approximately 1.38-fold.
”There is a joyous release of the past. Life is sweet and so am I.”
”I release any and all deep-rooted blame.”
”My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the new.”
”I release all the traumas and emotional shocks which have resulted in this blaming attitude.”
”I forgive myself.”
”I am peace.”