Tid-Bits of Health

Sylvia Harral, left and Michele Stewart

Two weeks ago we had an important question. “What can I do to help my liver besides not drink alcohol?” This answer needs an understanding of how the liver functions so we can take charge and keep the liver thriving instead of letting it sink deeper into survival mode. Last week we learned about the liver’s location and main functions. In our conversation, the liver has just told us that its left lobe is where toxins and poisons are removed from the blood. The liver sees to it that the life-producing balance in the blood is maintained.

Liver: My left lobe will remove as much poison as it can. Of course, it takes a lot of water to wash toxins and poisons away. If my water tank runs out, I pull more water from the blood. That changes the balance, and the brain will detect it in a few heart beats. I immediately receive a message from the hypothalamus (quality control center in the brain) telling me to get the balance right. That’s when I bring out the big alchemy lab techs. They go to work converting some of the poisonous molecules into non-poisonous body fluid components. It’s a very expensive process, and the fluid is inferior, but at least the body can survive for a little longer.

You: Survive? I don’t like the sound of that.

Liver: There are two ends to the lifeline. On one end, the cells are thriving. They have everything they need in their body fluid. They are happy and highly functioning. At the other end, we find cells that are barely surviving. They’re still alive, but they’re not very happy. They seem to have a lot of cellular drama going on. My job is to keep the body fluid as close to thriving balance as possible. I love making everybody happy!

You: Wow, Liver, I didn’t know you had feelings. There’s a saying that goes, “If Mom’s happy, everybody’s happy!” I guess it’s the same down here inside my body; “If Liver’s happy, every cell in the body is happy.”

Liver: Yep! That’s the way it is in these parts.

You: So what goes on down here in the lower lobe? You said that’s where I entered.

Liver: Yes! On the other side of that door is the gallbladder, but if you step over here to the window, you’ll see a very important part of me. This is where all the extra nutrients for the cells are stored. Each cell has its pantry where it stores a few things, but this is the main warehouse for the body.

You: I’m seeing what looks like rows and rows of storage units. They actually look kind of familiar. There are different colored doors in some of the units. Why is that?

Liver: Nutrients all have different colors. Vitamin B is brown, vitamin A is orange, antioxidants are blue, etc.

You: So what’s behind the black and white striped doors?

Liver: Unfortunately, we have more to store than nutrients. If the bowel is having difficulty removing all of its toxins, we pick it up here and store it until the bowel can handle it. We also ship it to the kidneys when we get more than we can handle.

You: You’re amazing, Liver. You’re teaching me so much! What can I do to help besides not drinking alcohol?

Liver: There are several things you could do, actually. Sending me small amounts of water on a regular basis would help all my lobes stay happy. Make sure the hydrochloric acid in the stomach stays strong like it was when we were 15 years old. Remember that?

You: Yeah, we could do anything then! But, Liver, those black and white striped doors are bothering me. Do any of those doors have alcohol behind them? And how can I help you remove those nasty toxins?

Liver: Yes, alcohol and other non-food items get thrown behind those doors. There are many foods and nutrients that help me. You can look those up on Google, but let me tell you this; I have been working with the team at Golden Sunrise Pharmaceutical, Inc. for several years now. We have the Plan of Care that detoxes these poison-containing rooms. ImunStem® and Aktivate® are available from Family HELM Health Center. They are helping livers all over the World. Without toxins, it’s easy to lift your overall health to new heights. Can you imagine having the energy to heal and do what you want to do? I can. Give Family HELM a call and until next week … take charge! - Sylvia

Sylvia J. Harral is a digestive health specialist and Michele Stewart is a pilates master trainer. They each have more than 15 years experience. Send your questions by e-mail to familyhelm@hotmail.com; by mail to Family HELM Health Center, 379 N. Hockett St., Porterville, CA, 93257; or by phone at 202-9105.

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