You asked me to write an article about the liver. In the following, I try to answer your questions through research and advice from experts.
1. The Liver in the Body
2. What Does the Liver Deal with Daily?
3. What are the Functions of the Liver?
4. The Liver and Emotions
5. Guidelines to Support the Liver
6. What can I do to cleanse my liver?
1. The Liver in the Body
Place one hand on your body under your right rib cage and notice a sensation of warmth under your hand. The large, triangular liver is tucked below the diaphragm and across from the stomach, and weighing about three pounds or more.
The liver is one of five vital organs that are essential for existence (the other four being the heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs). All your blood passes through it filled with dissolved nutrients ready for final processing and waste and toxins for detoxifying. At any given time, the liver holds the greatest volume of blood of any organ.
Together the digestive organs, which work to extract the energy from food, compose our digestive force. Even though food particles don’t pass through the liver like they do through the stomach and the small intestine, it plays a key role in ensuring that the food we ingest can be assimilated.
It is also our center of purification, cleansing the blood not only so that physical toxins do not accumulate and cause us harm but also so that the life-giving fluid can resonate with energy that vitalizes our body and connects everything in our physical system.
The liver is the most important organ of digestion and detoxification.
2. What Does the Liver Deal with Daily?
Here are some of the things that our liver deals with daily: the complex combination of foods in our daily meals, including the unnatural fats they contain – or the natural fats eaten in unnatural amounts, and also the problems we mull over, trying to solve, and the emotions that churn through us, simply as part of being human, are also processed by the liver. Additionally, the liver screens everthing we eat, drink and ingest for toxic material.
3. What are the Functions of the Liver?
The Largest Chemical Factory in our Bodies
The liver is responsible for creating the numerous natural chemicals and initiating the processes the body needs to stay nourished, cleansed, and balanced.
- Brain, Nerves, Energy from Fat – It devides up fats into small droplets through the production of bile, a thick, yellow-green digestive juice that gets stored in the gallbladder until needed. The drops of fat can then be turned by pancreatic enzymes into fatty acids, which are used as slow-burning fuel, for making hormones and supporting brain and nerve function.
- Energy from Carbohydrates – With the help of the pancreas, the liver also turns quick-burning glucose dissolved in the blood from carbohydrates into its storable form, glycogen, and then holds on to it until our cells need to burn it for fuel.
- Metabolizing Fructose – Meanwhile, if we ingest fructose (the form of sugar naturally found in fruit, table sugar (= sucrose), molecules, and in artificial, corn-derived fructose syrups), the liver will metabolize this also, because cells in the body actually do not use fructose.
- Alcohol – The liver also breaks down the ethanol in the alcohol we drink.
- Protein for Muscles – And after the pancreatic juices turn partly digested proteins into amino acids that dissolve into the bloodstream, the liver finishes the job of protein metabolism too, so that these vital building blocks can be used to repair our tissues and muscles.
- Vitamin Storage – In addition, the liver stores vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12, as well as iron and copper, in a repository of precious reserves that the body needs for many tasks.
- Enzymes and Temperature– And all this while creating enzymes that control functions all over the body, including maintaining our body temperature in partnership with the thyroid.
- Unwanted Chemicals – At night when we sleep, the liver performs another set of critical functions. It takes unwanted chemicals out of circulation.
- Hormones – This includes hormones that the body has produced and now needs to expel, such as used-up estrogen, along with thyroid and stress hormones and waste from worn-out red blood cells, which transport oxygen. We don’t want these things to accumulate; hormones need to exist at proper homeostatic levels in order for us to stay well (estrogen, if it accumulates, can disrupt the thyroid and the gallbladder and contribute to toxicity). When we talk about “balanced hormones,” even if what we’re looking at is reproductive health or thyroid health, we need to always include the liver in the conversation.
- Chemicals and Metals – In addition to the internally produced waste matter, externally derived chemicals and heavy metals from the environment and our foods, personal-care and cleaning products, indoor atmosphere, and pharmaceutical drugs are also processed by the liver so that they don’t become toxic free radicals in the body. If not cleared, these highly reactive molecules can damage cells, suppress the immune system, and make us look and feel older than we are. To avoid this, the liver converts them from fat-soluble forms into water-soluble forms that can be eliminated through the urine or passed back into the intestines and excreted in the stool. When toxins overload the liver, they typically are stored in fat cells and/or keep getting sent back through the digestive system, which can cause chronic inflammation in the body.
- Immunity – Immune cells in the liver tissues help to remove bacteria and viruses that might have made it through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and prevent them from entering the circulatory system at large, where they could cause real trouble. Meanwhile, the bile also sweeps unwanted substances like parasites, along with the detoxified chemicals, and hormones, and metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead, out of the body by binding them into the stool. Never underestimate the power of bile!
- Bacteria – Bile also keeps levels of bacteria in the intestinal tract low, helping to prevent inflammation of the intestinal wall that could degrade it and allow pathogens and undigested food particles to cross through it and stimulate a hyperimmune response.
- Lymph – To complete this inventory of impressive feat of strength, the liver also helps to create a very significant amount of lymph, a fluid that plays a critical role in nourishment, cleansing, and immunity.
The liver has over 500 different functions. I really appreciate how a healthy liver, full of energy to digest and detoxify and producing bile in proper amounts, is an important ally not only in allowing us to digest food—the source of subtle energy that nourishes us—but also in resisting and overcoming parasites, and unwanted autoimmune responses.
4. Mind-Body-Connection: Is the Liver an Emotional Detoxifier?
Digestion is the process of turning food into its component chemicals so that the body can use them for fuel, building, and repair. From a multidimensional perspective on health, the act of digestion involves more than “breaking down” food; it includes the processing of thoughts and emotions as well.
The liver filters and purifies the blood: Physically it filters all the blood in the body from impurities, and it purifies the blood of emotiononal and mental toxins in order to promote a flow in the body. Emotions and thoughts can have biochemical responses in the body and are frequencies. Uplifting and expansive emotions like joy and love resonate or support the flow; difficult or contracting emotions like grief and anger interfere with it.
When the liver is in balance, supported, and not overworked, our perception is more clear, our thinking is more sharp, and our outlook is positive.
We rarely consider the state of our liver or link it to how we feel – when we feel energized upon waking and enjoy glowing skin, bright eyes, and a clear mind, we might not realize that our liver is probably quite happy and getting much of what it needs to do its work. Should we feel sluggish and slowed down, bloated, puffy, or constipated however or should we notice problem skin in the mirror or suffer frequent headaches and nausea or bad PMS or hot flashes, or if we feel stuck in low spirits or are quick to explode with anger… we’d be wise to understand that the signs are telling us that our liver is congested and our lymphatics – the drainage system that works in tandem with the liver to keep us cleansed – are getting overburdened.
Nevertheless, the liver has an unusual capacity for self-repair and regeneration.
Its ability to regrow is quite legendary which is why there is a high rate of success in liver transplant operations.
When we repress emotions rather than acknowledge them, this can lead to stagnation. A congested, weak and overworked liver can not efficiently metabolize and absorb food, because toxins are accumulating in the blood and tissues causing congestion in the lymph system. This means, when we are having indigestion or are fatigued or even irritated, we might first look to the liver. When the liver is inflamed, so is our mind! This can even affect our self-esteem negatively. I didn’t know that before reading Kulreet Chaudhari’s book and I think it’s super interesting and helpful.
The next time we feel bloated, tired or just bad we may stop looking for external causes and take into account that our inner self has to do some repair work and how we can effectively support our body to do its amazing feasts of strength.
Overall, it means: Our body develops and functions according to how we treat it. Even though the human body absorbs a lot of toxins from the environment and through the skin, eating healthy helps a lot to feel better and to get more energy throughout the day.
Linda Lancaster: “The liver asks only that we practice giving it some love and support – when we do this through a conscious lifestyle, our liver will love us back.”
“As beings of free will we have a choice in everything we do, we have a choice to pick the healthy food or the junk food, a choice to breathe a full breath or to shut down and tighten up. With our mental will, we decide to make those better choices.”
A healthy liver helps the mind to perceive clearly; it ignites our intellect so it can better understand ideas, “digest” concepts, and assimilate positive thoughts while discarding negative ones.
So, here is my shout out to the strength of our livers: it helps to digest food for vitality and for repair, cleanses the blood of impuritites and poisons, balances the hormones, and helps to resist and clear parasites and due to its innate healing force, the liver is our body’s most important healing source.
5. Guidelines to Support the Liver
Try to fill your kitchen with a bounty of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables that support digestion and detoxification, from beets to apples to sulfur-containing vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage (detoxification requires the mineral sulfur to be in our diet). Infuse your food with spices like turmeric that support the liver cell regeneration and combat inflammation, and eat them calmly and intentionally, in simple combinations with natural and unprocessed fats as your staples. Eliminate hard-to-process sugars and carbohydrates such as baked good. Turn off your devices during meals knowing that too much visual and mental stimulation interferes with good digestion. Drink clean water in a natural way to support the flow of bile and lymph. Furthermore, don’t stay seated for the whole day, move often so that your lymph stay fluidly mobile too. Try to sidestep from nonessential pharmaceutical drugs that can aggravate the liver and disrupt normal functioning. Finish eating several hours before bedtime take some moment to unwind at the end of the day and try to fall asleep before the 1 am window when the liver naturally does its cleansing work. Simple dietary habits, such as using unheated extra virgin olive oil is really good for your liver. This way of eating helps to cleanse and revitalize the organs by removing foods that have congesting and aggravating effects and filling the diet with foods that support the functions of the organs.
The Liver’s Clock
From 3:00 pm until 3:00 am the liver accumulates glycogen as a result of carbohydrate metabolism. After 3:00 am until 3:00 pm, it releases stored glycogen into the blood for use as energy. The bile-secretion rhythm is the reverse. Its maximum activity is at 3:00pm and minimum at 3:00am. In this process, the liver and gallbladder work in a synchronized way. Since the maximum release of bile needed for fat digestion occurs at 3:00pm if the main meal is taken after 6:00pm, fat digestion is hindered. It is better to have the higher-fat meals early in the day.
By removing foods that have congesting or aggravating effects and filling the diet with foods that support the functions of the liver. The primary causes of malnutrition are wrong food combinations, foods that are low in minerals and high in chemicals and hormones, processed, overrefined foods laden with preservatives, food colorings and additives. These foods impede the digestive organ’s ability to assimilate nutrients and energy. A primary goal for me is to purchase fresh, good-quality food that whenever possible is organic or biodynamic. Locally raised farm-stand foods grown without chemicals, even if not officially certified or organic are good choices, too (some nonchemicak growers do not have certification).
The approach is to take it one step at a time, moving gradually in order to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and to support the vital force. I realized, when I maintain a day-to-day lifestyle of good diet, I maintain the conditions for the body to engage in a deeper state of balance.
For further information how to support your liver look at my Q&A section, which aligns with the liver supporting guideline.
Our Carbohydrate consumption can burden the liver further if we fall into poor patterns. The liver metabolizes all carbohydrates and stores the extra as glycogen. Additionally,iIf the fructose, mostly through processed food, in the liver gets overloaded, it will convert into fat. If this accumulates, the fat in the liver can initiate metabolic chaos and insulin resistance and lead to conditions like obesity and diabetes. Glycogen stores can run too low and if we are not digestings fats well enough to burn them for fuel instead the body is forced to use an emergency energy source, the stress hormoes created by the adrenals. If this becomes a pattern, it can weaken the adrenals and the thyroid, contributing to systemic exhaustion. Disharmony in the liver can also lead to weight gain. Our bodies want to keep us protected from the unprocessed, fat-soluble toxins that, due to liver stagnation, have not been converted to water-soluble toxins that can be excreted. To take these toxins out of circulation, it parks them safely away in the fat cells, including the fat cells in the brain or around the organs or glands its innate intelligence is to keep the fat so that the toxins don’t start to circulate.
because of their concentrated fat and protein content, nuts can be hard to digest. Nuts should not be eaten as we eat popcorn at a movie but used as the concentrated protein they are and eaten according to the food-combining rules. Nuts and nut butters can be used in small quantities.
A conscious connection to eating can look many ways, but the simplest is this: choosing to fill our plates and bowls with simple, fresh, whole food ingredients from good sources, combined with care and eaten with pleasure. When this habit becomes installed, it is a pillar of health that supports us to let go of overly restrictive diets and cease chasing the next fad food program and dispels the anxiety around what we eat. One of the earliest medical doctrines written b the Indian scholar Sushruta Samhita, notes ” By changing dietary habits the human organism may be cured wihtout using any medicine, while with hundreds of good medicines, diseases of the human organism cannot be cured if the food is wrong. Right food is the only key to health.”
At the foundation of nutrition is food in its original whole form; grown in healthy, chemical-free soil, minimally processed using gentle cooking methods and free of packaging.
Health is not always an exact science in which action A always leads to result B. We are all individuals with our different constitutions, physical, emotional, and mental tendencies. Health is not a dynamic state, it is a process. The process of health looks a little different for each person.
Conscious Nutrition Guidelines
1. when possible, eat foods sourced locally
whenever possible buy fresh, organic, and local. Do the best you can and source your food from farmer’s markets and organic food markets whenever possible. No matter where you shop, look for the freshest seasonal produce you can find. If you can grow something yourself, suc has tomatoes and lettuces in a planter, herbs in a window box, or sprouts on the kitchen counter. Try to avoid using boxed or packaged foods, even if made from whole foods, and when you do buy packaged foods look for glass packaging instead of aluminium or plastic. While good sources make all the difference, it’s important not to get anxious or fanatical about the pursuit of them, for stress defeats the purpose. By enjoying diversity in your diet, rotating your foods according to season you can easily enjoy a diet that is safe and good for you.
2. Face “Vegetable Forward”
In busy lives filled with work, travel, caring for others, and meeting responsibities, it becomes all too easy to forget to include fresh vegetables at meals. Protein foods and carbohydrates are quicker and easier to source. But it’s important to shift vegetables from supporting act to central player.
After six weeks of eating simple foods, the taste buds begin to crave the foods that best support health. The body knows what it wants. While all the food groups are essential, including proteins, fats and carbohydrates, from a point of view that integrates the physical and the subtle, vegetables are the foods that truly unlock harmonic healing. We need vegetables and fruits with our meal for multiple reasons: The mineral salts that they contain help us to digest proteins, which is why we include vegetables with a protein. The minreal salts in the vegetable or fruit act as a digestive fruit, supporting the breakind down of food while hydrating our bodies, too. Of, course the bounty of protective antioxidants, vitamins, and other phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables also work harmoniously to support the function of the body and serve to combat damage that free radicals from toxins can unleash. The fiber in plant foods help to sweep waste materials bound with bile out of the colon, including the excess cholesterol, used hormones, and chemicals and metals. The fiber also acts as a prebiotic that fuels the activity of the beneficial probiotics in the gut, which are so important in resisting parasites and vountering inflammation. These probiotics- which are particularly enhanced by eating vegetables- also transform lignans, compounds in plants into a plant hormone that protects women from the potential damage of excess estrogen. When vegetables are included in significant amounts, we find that the need for supplements and digestive enzymes diminishes- supported with what it needs, the body can be its own pharmacy and do the work for us.
3. Eat with the Seasons
THe fairly subtle nature of seasonal change gets easily overlooked in a globalized world, where foods are shipped across borders year-round, arriving at times that nature would normally not deliver them. Conscious nutrition involves noticing the seasonal changes in our local food sources – noting what’s affordably in abundance in the produce section – or better, what’s brimming on the farm stand – and then using them in our everyday eating to attend to the shifting needs of our bodies. Cooling foods such as cucumber and zucchini are more helpful in the longer days of the summer, and as the heat diminishes, cold weather and longer nights take over, making warming and grounding foods appropriate, such as sweet potato, rutabaga, beets, carrots, squashes as well as beans. Spring vegetables likes radishes, asparagus, and artichokes have both bitter and astringent (drying) tastes, which are wonderful for cleansing, along with bitter dandelion greens and chicory, which cleanses the liver and wakes up the digestion at a moment when all nature is bursting into renewal. Summer vegetables and fruits like tomatos, peaches, and apricots support the rebuilding of our digestive process in warmer times through their watery nature. Our intuition and our senses can often guide us right – making cucumbers appealing when we feel overheated or denser, oilier foods soothing when we’re undergrounded. Nature teaches us that we are individuals who live with fluctuation and change and for this reason diet, like life, is not one-size-fits-all.
4. Combine Foods in Simple Ways
Avoiding improper combinations that place undue burden on digestion is a key to health. One causes of poor digestion can be the way we combine foods in a meal. While proteins require digestive juices of mineral-filled vegetables to difest, starchy carbohydrates like grains require pancreatic enzymes, which can act to neutralize the digestive process needed for protein. Eating proteins and hard starches such as wheat at the same time, therefore, adds unnecessary challenge to the digestion. Fruits meanwhile, digest well with proteins or grains, which is why a bowl of oatmeal and berries can be a delicious and nurturing breakfast, although some very quick-to-digest fruits like melon are best eaten alone. In general, we want to include all tastes in our diet, which we can encourage thorugh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices by avoiding getting into a rut of overly repetitive and exclusive diets. Eat simply with uncomplicated food combinations for easier digestion.
5. Use Proper Methods of Preparation
Slower, low-heat methods help to ensure the healing constituents of foods are retained; they also preserve flavors. Combining appealing colors in a dish, enhancing with fresh herbs or colorful spices is digested more easily. Other preparations of foods, such as sprouting seeds can bring us the nourishment of the growing forces, and naturally fermenting vegetables can provide the probiotics needed for good bacteria.
6. Honor the act of Eating
THe attitude and habits that surround eating are very important. Under stress, we lose the ability to absorb the nutrition and energy we could. When we eat in accordance our bodie’s needs like eating our biggest serving of protein early in the day when the digestive fire is highest help us to do this. And at hight when we sleep, we rest the digestion so the liver can repair. In this way we honor our body’s extraordinary efforts. Relaxing and not worrying so much about our diets, enjoying food rather than fighting it, is one of the most critical yet unacknowledged aspects of nutritional health.
radiant vitality, renewed energy and ongoing resiliency to the challenges of our daily life.
- The liver has the ability to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. When the liver is not processing fats, symptoms such as nausea, headaches, insomnia, abdominal distention or bloat and acid reflux can exist. When we eliminate cooked oils and nuts and use unheated extra-virgin olive oil to help it “flush”, the liver gets a rest and can start to process fats again.
- when the liver is congested, it almost always struggles to process carbohydrates, leading to weight gain and blood-sugar issues. By eliminating hard-to-process sugars and carbohydrates such as baked good, whole grains and white potatoes in order to rest and repair the liver until it begins to process better.
- Good-quality proteins balanced with vegetable and fruit are very good for the liver. I try avoid heating oils frequently while ensuring that I get enough fats to nourish the body and to promote a healthy nervous system. When oil is heated, the molecules change from round to jagged, which can be an irritant to the liver, can interfere with digestion and can cause inflammation in the body. By using unheated, extra-virgin olive oil we get the benefits of its wonderful liver and nervous system support.
THE THREE S’S
The overall philosophy if the diet is captured by the three S’s: simplicity, support, and seasonal eating.
Simplicity: Whole foods prepared simply and combined properly can help the body to cleanse and heal. THe body want to be well and when food is prepared and combined in simple ways, it will nourish the body accordingly.
Support: Nature provides us foods with liver – and gallbladder-cleansing effects and with soothing and healing properties for the digestive system. Many of these foods are the same one’s that support the lymph system.
Seasonal eating: whenever possible, seasonal vegetables and ripe fruits in season are encouraged at every opprtunity.
Foods to eliminate:
- All fried foods, whether homemade, restaurant prepared or packaged, including chips. The obvious foods are French fries and fried chicken as well as fried appetizers and entrées.
- Using natural fats such as raw, unheated, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil or high-quality flaxseed oil used after cooking or on salads. One of the easiest ways to relieve liver stress is to focus on good fats and limit the heating of oils, which may have been aggravating and irritating to the liver. We also acoid the rancid and inflammatory effects of industrial seed oils. Oils can be hard to avoid when dining out, but there is usually a best choice that you can make on a menu that focuses on simply prepared vegetables and lean protein that is grilled, roasted, or in a stew.
- All sugar and corn syrup, and all processed foods with preservatives and additives. The body has a hard time knowing what to do with these ingredients. Sugars overburden our pancreas and feed the candida that can be present. We were designed to digest food in as close it its natural state as possible and without man-made chemicals.
- All dairy products: Dairy, in its pasteurized and hormone-filled form in the West, has become an inflammation-causing food and is difficult for the body to break down, especially when mixed with other foods. Excess dairy bogs down the digestion, and our inability to digest can create mucus and phlegm when dairy is combined with other proteins.
- baked goods from conventional bakeries, cookies, pastries, crackers, pretzels. Baked goods are high in starchy carbohydrates and many are filled with sugar, which we want to avoid while cleansing and thereafter reserve for special occasions.
- Nuts and seeds: Nuts are not bad; they are a great source of protein and fat but only if your body can digest them. However, nuts, including coconuts, are very concentrated sources of protein and fats. Ground falxseeds support the liver, digestive system and bowels. Chia seeds are allowed because of their gelatinous nature and ability to hydrate us.
- Alcoholic beverages: it is not what you do once in a while but what you do on most days that makes a difference in regaining health.
- Heavy metals sink to the bottom of the ocean and the bottom-feeding fish will often be more contaminated by these metals. Avoiding these types of proteins is recommended.
FOOD TO ENJOY
- Lentils and legumes: LEntils of both European and Indian dal varieties and beans, including white beans, black beans, red beans, and kidney beans, are another protein source and especially good for vegans and vegetarians. Do not mix beans, as each been digests differently and it is best to leep things simple so as not to stress the digestive system. One type of bean or legume with plenty of vegetables works. Avoid processed soy products. If you can find a good Japanese restaurant that makes home-made, custardy tofu, then it is a treat to have occasionally. Try to use dry organic lentils and legumes, not canned.
- All vegetables, cooked or raw, including sweet potatoes, squashes and beets. I include plenty of vegetables whenever I can. Use abundant servings of cooked and raw leafy greens frequently. Vegetables can be grilled, roasted, steamed, slow-cooked in soups or stews or combined in salads. Olive oil can be used to season, along with herbs. lemon, and sea salt after cooking. Fremented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi as well as fermented soybeans in the form of miso paste, can be used.
VEGETABLES BY THE SEASON:
SPRING: Look for artichokes, asparagus, bitter greens like dandelion and escarole, scallions and radishes
SUMMER: Look for zucchini, tomato, green leafy vegetables, celery, cucumber, peppers, baby bok choy, baby beets and their leaves
FALL: Look for root vegetables of all kinds, including yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, carrots, kohlrabi, celeriac, broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts
WINTER: look for winter squashes like pumpkin, acorn, spaghetti, buttercup, kabocha, butternut
- All fruits, raw, baked, or poached, ideally in season and ripe. Melons can be eaten alone as a meal. Do not eat fruit that is not ripe because it is difficult to digest. Nature wants us to eat ripe fruit to get all its nutritional benefits from the sun.
Proper fruit combinations are important for digestion. Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and lemins are natural acid fruits and go nicely with other acid fruits such as pineapple and cranberries. Slightly acid fruits, such as apples, pears, plums, peaches, and apricots, can combine with acid fruits as well. Melons are berries should always be eaten alone.
ACID FRUITS: oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes, cranberries, pineapple
SUB-ACID FRUITS: apples, pears, plums, peaches, grapes, apricots, berries
SWEET OR DRIED FRUITS: Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, bananas
- acid fruits can combine with subacid fruits
- subacid frutis can combine with sweet fruits
- do not combine acid fruits with sweet fruits
- eat melons alone on an empty stomach
- when fruits are not acailable ripe and in season, such as during the winter month, dried fruits can be incorporated
– oil: we want to ensure we consume enough supportive fats; therefore we enjoy all fats that naturally occur in foods.
- salt and seaweed: the body needs salt to balance sugar in the blood; it controls the function of the adrenal glands and then controls the sugar balance in the body. I recommend using natural sea salt instead of common table salt because it is similar to the salt in our cells and lymphatic system.
CLEARING FOOD OF COntaminants: the Vegetable Bath
This technique intends to clear food of contaminants and interferences in the home kitchen. You can use it any time you are buying conventional produce or are unsure of the origin of the food, for example if you suspect it has been raised with chemicals.
- leafy vegetables: 5-10 minutes
- root and fibrous vegetables: 10-15 minutes
- thin-skinned fruits like berries: 5 minutes
- medium-skinned fruits like peaches and apricots: 10 minutes
- thick-skinned fruits like apples: 10-15 minutes
- citrus fruits: 15 minutes
After the soaking, transfer the foods to an equal amount of clean water and soak them for a few minutes. Let the food drain well before placing them in refrigerator.
- Proper Food Combining:
- do not combine different sources of protein in one meal
- oatmeal digests better with cream
- eat grains with vegetables
- eat vegetables and fruits separately. They serve different purposes. Fruits are for cleansing and are good for a start in the morning or quick energy at midday or as evening snack. Vegetables are for building and supporting the digestive force. When making blended drinks, choose fruits or blended vegetables. but do not mix the two. The exceptions are apples which digest with vegetables and lettuce which digests with fruits.
2. Use low and Slow Cooking Methods
THough we are told to cook at high heat and high speed in our busy lives, I prefer low-heat, slow cooking. This not only helps to avoid overheating any fats but also protects the proteins. Proteins must be changed into amino acids before they can be assimilated. There are twenty-two amino acids that are essential to our health and eight amino acids that are indispensable to life. Two of these amino acids regulate body functions but are destroyed by high temperaturs: tryptophan, which is a critical factor in our antibodies for our immune system, and lysine, which stimulates the metabolic rate. Both of these indispensable amino acids are destroyed in high-heat cooking. A slow-cooking methodology, using lower temperature is core to our approach.
3. Eat in Rhythm
It is preferable to get in rhythm of eating at regular times and allowing two to three hours after meals for digestion to occur. By chewing you mix the food with saliva and the enzymes it contains
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