(NaturalNews) When it comes to maintaining good health, as well as fighting and warding off disease and illness, no organ is more important to us than the liver - the body's toxic disposal plant. A healthy diet is essential for good liver health, and there are also several specific natural food and supplement items which can help maintain and restore the liver to optimum natural function.
The liver is the largest organ in the body and is by far the primary way we eliminate dangerous toxins and other waste items, which are normally processed and eliminated via the bile ducts. The liver also helps process nutrients and stores vitamins and minerals.
When the liver or bile ducts become clogged, injured or otherwise impaired, some toxins can end up being stored in the liver while others are re-circulated in the blood stream. Also, when toxins cannot be efficiently eliminated via the liver and bile ducts, the body tries to eliminate some of them through secondary routes, such as the skin. Skin rashes, spots and other skin problems are common in those whose livers are impaired.
An impaired or damaged liver may turn into a fatty liver - a condition where the liver turns from its role as an organ that processes and eliminates toxins to one which stores fats (and toxins in the fats). Excess consumption of alcohol and poor diets are primary culprits which lead to fatty livers.
Fortunately, damaged and impaired livers, including fatty livers, can usually be restored to good health. Of all our organs, the liver can regenerate itself - so much so that a liver can be damaged or impaired all the way down to 29% of original function and still repair and regenerate itself completely if properly taken care of.
It is vitally important to have the liver and bile ducts functioning well when fighting a serious illness - such as cancer - in order to eliminate the toxins released from diseased cell die-off and destroyed pathogens. Famous cancer pioneer Max Gerson reported that he never found a single cancer patient who did not also have an impaired liver. Gerson insisted on his patients regularly juicing with healthy vegetables and regularly using coffee enemas, which can be essential in getting the bile ducts open and flowing.
Also, when someone is seeking to correct health problems or otherwise improve their health by means of diet and natural supplementation, having a properly functioning liver will result in a body that is better prepared to utilize the good nutrition and supplementation in any natural protocol.
A healthy diet and lifestyle are both essential for regaining liver health and function, including getting rid of fatty liver condition. Exercise regularly and include as much mostly raw mostly vegetable and some fruit as you can, including juiced vegetables and fruit. Stay away from alcohol, processed meats and other processed and junk foods. Lecithin can help turn around a fatty liver; however, be sure to choose lecithin derived from organic non-GMO soy. Other items which can help the liver and bile ducts are coconut oil, beetroot juice and apple pectin.
Milk thistle (silymarin) is likely the most important of all supplements for the liver. Milk thistle has been certified by the German E Commission (a body similar to the FDA) as effective at both protecting and regenerating the liver. Other important supplements are alpha-lipoic acid, selenium and curcumin.
Lastly, one of the best ways to help restore and maintain good liver health is to regularly cleanse, or flush, the liver to remove built up toxins. For more information about liver cleansing, see:
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".