I first realized how important your liver is when my hubby got sick and needed to re-generate his liver as it was not functioning properly. But it’s only been recently that I have discovered more in depth on how liver actually works and why it is important to take care of it. There are a number of illnesses that can arise if the liver is overworked; with too much toxins or fat passing through so it has no time to regenerate.
Liver is the largest internal organ in the human body and it serves many important functions; from protein production and blood clotting to cholesterol, glucose and iron metabolism. To understand better look at all the functions our liver performs on a daily basis.
Liver Damage & Diseases
Damage to your liver may result from various factors such as:
- Exposure to virus such as infected body fluids
- Exposure to substances such as alcohol, fungal toxins andcertain medicines
There are different stages and diseases of liver, from those that can be easily cured by change in dietary and lifestyle habits to the more serious ones, such as cancer.
1. Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
- Jaundice (a yellow appearance to the skin and white portion
- of the eyes)
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting , Fatigue, Muscle and
- joint aches
- Rest well, abstaining from alcohol and taking medication to help relieve symptoms
- Antiviral agent for viral infections
2. Fatty Liver
- Diet (Excess calories consumption),
- Diseases such as Type II diabetes,
- High blood triglyceride level,
- No symptoms until liver has inflammation
- Abstaining from alcohol
- Balance diet
- Weight loss
- Diabetes control
- Cholesterol control
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Bleeding easily,
- Easy bruising,
- Fluid accumulation in your abdomen
- Loss of appetite,
- Swelling in your legs,
- Weight loss
- Treating the cause of cirrhosis to prevent further liver damage.
- Avoiding substances that may further damage the liver, especially alcohol.
- Preventing and treating the symptoms and complications of cirrhosis.
- Having a liver transplant if your liver damage becomes severe
4. Liver Cancer
- Chronic infection with certain hepatitis viruses, Cirrhosis
- Unexplained weight loss,
- Unexplained fevers,
- Loss of appetite
- Upper abdominal pain,
- Sudden abdominal fluid and swelling
- Sudden jaundice,
- White and chalky stools
Stage 1: Tumor is small and found in 1 part of the liver
Stage 2: Several small tumor or a single tumor that has spread to nearby blood vessels
Stage 3: One or more tumors that have spread to nearby parts of the body, such as stomach, blood vessels, or lymph nodes
Stage 4: One or more tumors in the liver and cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body
• Surgery – in the early stages when the tumor is small occupies just a very small part of the liver, it can be surgically removed (surgical resection).
• Liver transplant – candidates for a liver transplant cannot have a tumor larger than 2 inches (5cm). If the tumor is larger the risk of the cancer coming back is too high.
• Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) – radiation is directed at the tumor(s), killing a significant number of them. Patients may experience nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
• Chemotherapy – medications are injected into the liver to kill cancer cells (chemoembolization). In chemoembolization the blood supply to the tumor is blocked surgically or mechanically and anticancer drugs (chemotherapy) are administered directly into the tumor.
I have experienced the seriousness of what liver damage can do to a person when my husband was ill with mononucleosis. As the virus became activated, it quickly lowered my husband’s immune system and caused a lot of damage to the liver. Basically we needed to make sure his liver recovers quickly as it was causing him enormous fatigue and he just couldn’t function properly. So we knew the only way he could get better is to regenerate the liver as fast as possible.
Lingzhi and Liver
We were very lucky than to come across Lingzhi as one of the main function of lingzhi is to protect the liver by reducing GOT/GPT levels and producing more protein in the liver. It was even awarded by the Health Ministry of Taiwan with Immuno-Modulation and Liver Protection Accreditation.
- Capable of reducing the indices of GOT/GPT
– Reduction of this level decreases the extent of the damage and inflammation on the liver
- Capable of increasing protein content in liver
– Main function of liver is to produce protein for the human body Replenishment of protein will preserve normal functions of the liver
Exploration of the Active Components of Ganoderma (lingzhi) in Liver Protection
• Polysaccharides-peptides from G. lucidum could significantly decrease serum GPT and GOT in biliary obstruction-induced cirrhosis while improving hepatic fibrosis, increasing liver weight and reducing splenomegaly.
• Ganoderma acid A (a triterpene) could lower the high GPT, GOT and TG (triglyceride) indices caused by CCl4 administration.
• Ganoderic acid B and C (C2) causes The GPT and GOT values in mice with acute liver dysfunctions declined, demonstrating the efficacy of ganoderma triterpenes in protecting the liver
There have been many different testimonies of how lingzhi helped people with all sorts of liver diseases, from hepatitis to cancer. Of course lingzhi was still taken with western medication and treatments for severe cases and it helped remove side effects and enhance the treatments. Unfortunately in many cases liver problems are diagnosed quite late as there is not much symptoms until the inflammation occurs, which is why I always stress on prevention.
Simple steps can be taken in changing your dietary and lifestyle habits, as well as taking natural remedies such as lingzhi and pollen to make sure liver is protect and is being regenerated. Liver is a very important organ in our body and serves amazing functions so please learn how to take care and love your liver.