Ileocecal Valve Syndrome: Effects of the Liver in the Digestive System
There are several factors to consider when looking at the relationship of the liver to digestive system function. Stress on the digestive system puts stress on the liver. A healthy liver is absolutely necessary in order to maintain life. It is so important that your body could function using only 20% of the liver capacity. Hopefully your liver is doing much better than that, but chances are it needs some help or you wouldn’t be having digestive issues. Imagine if your other organs were at only 20%!
What is the Job of the Liver
The liver performs about 30 duties, every day. First, it is the incinerator for wastes or toxins. These toxins, if not disposed of properly, put a “toxic load” on the digestive system. Quality probiotics have been shown to support the intestines allowing the body to balance the toxic load.
The liver also stores food elements, to be released on demand when needed by the body. Starches are changed into glycogen and released into the body for energy. When the liver fails to store up sufficient starches and sugars, the blood gets over saturated with sugar, making the pancreas vulnerable, inviting diabetes. Even a small time without good nutrition can exhaust the liver’s storage of starch. Quality nutritional supplements have been shown to provide added protection from malnutrition due to an improperly functioning ileocecal valve that has been affected by toxins in the digestive system.
Protein, which the body constantly demands for repair and growth, is also stored in the liver, which it changes to amino acids. These are the body’s building blocks. Your body must have all of the amino acids daily to function with optimal health. There are very few foods that contain all of the amino acids. The ones that do are considered “super foods”.
Another important function of the liver is to maintain healthy red blood cells. When red blood cells die (they live about 20-60 days) the spleen changes their structure, similar to embalming, after which the bloodstream carries them back to the liver. Inside the blood vessels are tiny cells that grab the dead red blood cells, consume them and make bile for the liver. They also release a compound, which enters the bloodstream and is carried to the bone marrow, to help make new blood corpuscles. Excessive loss can result in anemia.
Damage of the Liver
Toxins that damage the liver are primarily from drugs, or from self-created intestinal toxins usually in the form of undigested food due to a poorly functioning ileocecal valve. It takes a large amount of energy to digest a meal. Digestive enzymes support normal digestive function which takes the strain off the ileocecal valve and increases energy.
Many other toxins that can create damage of the liver are inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin. Laxatives are also a common cause of ingredients that stress the liver. The toxins generated in the small and large intestines, which occur from a combination of poor diet, too many refined foods, (especially carbohydrates, and insufficient digestive enzymes), result in malabsorption and malnutrition.
Incompletely “burned” foodstuffs also breakdown and cause a build up of unfriendly bacteria. Liver function diminishes when insufficient oxygen occurs; therefore the lungs should be kept free of mucous, toxins and germs. Probiotics help keep the intestine and colon clear which reduces mucous and allergic reactions in the gut. This supports clearer lungs.
When the liver is clogged with toxins it becomes swollen, resulting in congestion of all glands, muscles, joints and body structures. (think arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain). A clogged liver also affects blood flow throughout the body which can affect a weakened part of the body. This is especially true in Leaky Gut Syndrome where the toxins leak into the blood through the intestinal membrane.
About the Colon and Its Relationship to the Liver
The colon (another important channel of detoxification) is intimately related to liver function. When a colon is twisted, kinked, spastic and bloated, food is held back so long that it literally spoils or rots, thereby generating numerous kinds of poisons and supplying a friendly base for unfriendly bacteria. From the liver, they flow into the blood vessel and into the heart. Once toxins enter the heart, they are carried all over the body where they lodge into joints, muscles, nerves, glands, the brain and every vital organ. If permitted to remain, they may be the unrecognized, but the direct cause of diagnosed “diseases”. This is all because food was permitted to remain too long in the small intestine and the colon, leading to a malfunction of the ileocecal valve.
Effects of Damage of the Liver
Many people don’t realize they have ileocecal valve syndrome until the symptoms are severe and they have tried multiple remedies to no avail. When the liver becomes toxic it can present conditions, such as nervousness, nervous exhaustion, head noises, anemia, “the change of life”, or nonspecific heart disease, because the real cause was not pinpointed. Yet when toxins tighten and harden the liver, the result is like wrapping a tight rubber band around your finger. When this happens, the heart labors to pump the blood in, and a portal hypertension resists the flow of blood out, resulting in water being passed off, leaving behind toxins. Chlorophyll has been shown to support blood cleansing.
The bladder is often the focus of treatment when the complaint is frequent urination; yet unless the cause is corrected, the relief is transient. When the portal hypertension has existed for a long time, the bladder becomes hardened and shrunken, sometimes with a holding capacity of no more than two ounces, requiring frequent emptying. By supporting the liver with proper nutrition and probiotics, the strain on the bladder can be lessened.
The uterus and ovaries are subject to damage from a congested, toxic liver, also, as are the Fallopian tubes. When vein blood, loaded with toxins cannot leave the ovaries fast enough to permit artery blood laden with nourishment to enter, how can they manufacture hormones? Too often “change of life” miseries are blamed, instead of a toxic liver.
Natural Solutions for Liver Support
Prevention of course, is the bottom line. Liver support begins with diet and proper deep breathing and exhaling. It is impossible to avoid all known toxins. We come in contact with toxins daily. They can be inhaled, ingested, or contracted through the skin. Proper nutrition which includes minerals, vitamins, probiotics, and digestive enzymes are the best way to fight the toxic load on the liver and the intestine and colon.
Minerals are important to the diet and research has shown they must be present for vitamins to function. Without minerals, vitamins are poorly utilized and the body’s manufacture of enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids – is incomplete. Relying on the processed foods and fast foods that most of us eat on a daily basis is playing Russian roulette with your health.
High quality superfoods are an excellent way to support the digestive system with minerals and proper broad spectrum nutrition. The body is an amazing powerhouse and can heal most anything given the support and the chance.
A healthy liver is truly a main gateway to health and can help with issues of the colon leading to a happier and longer life. Take a step toward true health and well being and see what it is like to rid your body of damaging toxins, rebuild the digestive system and live a healthy life full of energy.
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