Heal Your Liver with Anthony William – in this article we want to take a comprehensive look at our central metabolic organ based on the book “Liver Rescue” and present the essence of his recommendations.
The Liver: A Multifunctional Organ
The liver, which weighs about 1.5 kg, is located under the diaphragm in the right upper abdomen. As our largest gland, it performs a multitude of metabolic and detoxification tasks. While filtering up to 2,000 liters of blood per day, it absorbs substances, converts them, utilizes or stores them, and releases them as needed. Additionally, it produces bile and filters toxins out of our blood.
On the underside of the liver, it receives blood by way of the portal vein and hepatic artery. Within the liver, the vein and artery branch out and carry the blood to the small 1-2 millimeter hexagonal hepatic lobules, which are primarily responsible for the multiple tasks of the liver.
Up to 1.5 liters of oxygen-rich blood per minute flow into the liver through the hepatic artery.
Everything that is absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestines passes through the portal vein directly to the liver, where it’s thoroughly inspected and processed before passing through the vena cava to the heart and then into our systemic circulation.
Useful and nourishing substances like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, etc. are converted and either passed on to their destination or stored in the liver.
Unusable or harmful substances like medications, chemical food additives, alcohol, and many more are broken down and either passed on to be excreted through the intestines and kidneys, or eliminated through the bile.
Here are all of the important tasks of the liver at a glance:
- Filtration and testing of the blood
- Absorption of nutrients and, depending on what’s needed, utilization, storage, conversion, or decomposition
- Production of bile for fat processing
- Production of proteins, hormones, and cholesterol
- Storage of excess glucose as glycogen
- Storage of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, D, E, K, folate, and B12, as well as iron and copper)
- Degradation and detoxification of old red blood cells, bilirubin, alcohol, drugs, and ammonia
- Temperature regulation and heat storage
The Liver Suffers Silently: The Pain of The Liver Is Fatigue
The moment we start getting to know our liver, it’s not hard to guess how immensely important it is for our health and well-being.
It performs its tasks quietly and tirelessly and, as the main detoxification organ, has to do a lot of heavy lifting.
There are no nerve fibers in the liver, which means no pain messages are sent to the brain in case of illness. We’ve all had stomach aches or headaches, but no liver aches. It’s said that the pain of the liver is fatigue, so being frequently exhausted could be its cry for help.
The Liver Reacts to “Too Much”
The liver’s ability to detoxify constantly challenges it to distinguish between what’s toxic and what’s non-toxic.
We can help our liver if we keep our health in check and don’t constantly expect too much of ourselves, like:
- Too much ambition in setting goals
- Too much stress
- Too much anger
- Eating too much
- Too much fat
- Too much alcohol
- Too many environmental toxins
A permanent “too much” gradually impairs the liver in coping with its variety of tasks and eventually weakens it, which is called liver inertia or congested liver. In its overload, it’s no longer able to perform its tasks sufficiently. Physically, this manifests itself with fatigue and poor performance, and sometimes with digestive weakness, flatulence, bloating, and loss of appetite, or nocturnal restlessness and insomnia.
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Giving Relief to The Liver
In addition to a more relaxed and toxin-free lifestyle, Anthony William pays very special attention to a low fat diet with natural foods that are rich in water.
Anthony William gives the following explanation for this:
- When a lot of fat is consumed, the liver is required to produce bile for fat digestion. Additionally, a lot of fat droplets enter the bloodstream and oxygen levels decrease. If the body’s oxygen supply is poor, our organs, especially the heart and brain, can’t continue to work effortlessly.
- Indirectly, high fat levels in the blood also affect the pancreas, since the transport of insulin to the cells is impeded and the pancreas produces more insulin as a result. This, like excessive sugar consumption, promotes insulin resistance and causes the pancreas to fatigue over time.
- A low-water diet leads to chronic fluid deficiency and thickening of the blood. Both nutrients and pollutants reach the liver through the portal vein for inspection and further processing, which is more difficult when the blood is thick.
The liver is responsible for producing bile and protecting the blood and pancreas, and it keeps working until it reaches fatigue. As the liver gradually weakens, it begins to store fats, and over time it becomes less and less able to extract nutrients from the blood and render toxins harmless.
How Can the Low-Fat Diet Be Practiced Sensibly?
A big mistake was made in the seventies. When research came out that eating a lot of fat was bad for the heart, a high consumption of protein, especially in the form of animal milk and meat products, was advertised as an alternative. From then on, people increasingly bought low-fat products, but in turn this led to an enormous increase in protein consumption.
A constantly high protein consumption allows deposits to form in the connective tissue and on the blood vessel walls, and can promote arteriosclerosis (protein storage disease Prof. Dr. Wendt).
In the meantime, our nutritional thinking has changed considerably. Today, many people have an awareness of organic products and species-appropriate husbandry, with more focus on plant-based nutrition..
Anthony William, in his book “Liver Rescue”, presents a low-fat, low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet that:
- Purifies the blood
- Improves oxygen saturation
- Liquefies the blood with living water
- Relieves the liver
The essential foods are:
The Holy Four
Herbs and spices
Wild plants and honey
The “Holy Four” are naturally full of healing and regenerating phytonutrients. They contain abundant biologically active phytonutrients and living water molecules, which optimally assist the liver in its extensive range of tasks.
The Morning Liver Detox
To get started, Anthony recommends the Morning Liver Detox while keeping in mind the body’s natural cycles:
- 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. elimination phase, which is detoxification time
- 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. intake phase, or eating time
- 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. utilization phase
Following the organ clock, the liver is the most active between 1 and 3 a.m. and works until the early morning. The liver is ideally supported by drinking plenty of water after waking up. This gives it a boost in flushing out everything it’s already planned and prepared for excretion. The morning is also a good time for the liver to cleanse itself.
A heavy breakfast and any kind of fat would impair or interrupt this process, and the bile production would take priority.
So a morning that detoxifies the liver could consist of:
- A large glass of lemon water
- Freshly squeezed celery juice
- Ripe fruit or a heavy metal detox smoothie
A liver-detoxifying morning can become a regular part of your routine or, for example, be done for a week in preparation for the “liver rescue.”.
The Liver Rescue 3-6-9
As a next step, Anthony William has developed a nine-day diet plan called “Liver Rescue 3-6-9.” The 9-day cure goes much more in depth, with the goal of being able to counteract health problems with a comprehensive cleansing and detoxification of the liver.
The cure consists of a 3-day attunement phase, a cleansing phase, and a release phase.
In particular Anthony recommends lemon water, celery juice, apples, dates, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and cucumbers in a specified sequence, which all gently help the liver to release all substances that burden it. For all 9 days it’s important to avoid gluten, dairy products, eggs, and fats of any kind.
The following is his recommended applesauce: puree apple with dates and cinnamon. For this, Anthony suggests up to 6 dates, but from our point of view 1-2 dates are enough.
Anthony William, as mentioned in the article “The Morning Routine According to Anthony William”, succeeds in finding a wonderful way to bring natural foods to the attention of many. The rise in demand for celery stalks and wild blueberries shows that people in many different places are experimenting with their nutrition and beginning a process of reorientation..
On one hand, this is a very welcome development; on the other hand, there’s no reason to adopt all of his suggestions without some personal research and reflection. Anthony has also received some criticisms in his consistent advocacy for a carbohydrate-rich nutrition with a high amount of fruit, similar to the 80/10/10 diet.
Here Anthony doesn’t take into account that nowadays hybrid fruits are almost exclusively what’s being offered. By “hybrid” we mean the offspring of crossings of different breeding lines in order to strengthen certain characteristics. The result is that fruits and vegetables now hold higher amounts of fructose and fewer nutrients (minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients) than in the past..
Cavities, Candida, Fatty Liver
A lot of fruit-loving raw foodists suddenly experienced cavities as a result of a demineralization of their teeth, and also had to put up with a Candida intestinal fungus colonization, or even a non-alcoholic fatty liver.
Therefore, a fructose-rich diet requires some background knowledge:
You can find everything important about fructose in our blog article “Is Fructose Unhealthy?”
Currently, the biggest problem is fructose-sweetened drinks and hidden fructose sources in convenience products. But even large amounts of sweet hybrid fruits can also play their part, especially when they’re combined with fats.
To get a balanced supply of nutrients, fruits should always be supplemented with enough leafy greens. Fruits provide many vitamins and have a cleansing and purifying effect, and leafy greens supplement with minerals and are able to bind dissolved toxins.
That being said, the book “Liver Rescue” gives us a great opportunity to get to know our liver better and to develop an understanding of how we can fully relieve the liver and improve its detoxification performance with a low-fat and natural diet.
“Become your own expert and develop your diet.”
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