Spring Cleansing- the Season of the Liver/Gallbladder

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Posted by Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND

Spring is an opportune time for cleansing. It is the ideal season for our bodies to open the emunctories (the organs of elimination) and release accumulated toxins.
In many ancient healing traditions, spring is the time to support the liver and gallbladder in the vital work that they do. These emunctories (organs) have a critical role to play in hormone balance, the metabolism of toxins, and digestion.
And these are tasks are vital to our health. In our households we all know how it isn’t just a matter of collecting garbage, someone needs to sort it (recycling, compost, waste basket) and most importantly “take it out the trash”! In our bodies,
the liver assumes many laborious chores. In this decade, it is likely the most congested of all organs. Chemicals, inflammatory and denatured foods and intoxicants all disrupt the 500 known complex biochemical processes of the liver.

 

The liver alone has 500 known functions!All blood from our intestines goes through the liver.It transforms carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy.It makes enzymes that catalyze biochemical reactions.It makes bile that helps break down fats and carry out toxins.It breaks down hormones (including xenoestrogens) and converts vitamins andminerals to utilizable forms.It detoxifies the body in 2 phases.It helps to regulate blood sugar.It supports the immune system (50% of our macrophages are located here!)

As we round the corner of winter into spring, seasonal allergies can arise, and this is also where we also look to reducing the load on the liver. A properly done cleanse can help us lighten up, clear some physiological clutter, create space for mental clarity, support metabolism for sustainable weight loss and help us gain more energy for the summer ahead.
Before rushing off to get a detox kit, it should be noted that if a “cleanse” or detox regime is going to be effective, it very important to ensure that all the emunctories are functioning well and that the program of supplements and vitamins clearly supports both phases liver detoxification. If this is not taking into consideration you can run the risk of mobilizing toxins without eliminating them properly and suffer more negative side-effects. It is advisable to consult with a naturopathic doctor first and come up with a effective plan that is specific to your unique health history and individual needs.

Posted by Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND

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