I’m so excited I can hardly sit still!
I was dreading my annual check-up — namely finding out the results of my blood work. For the past 3 years, each time they did a work-up on me, my liver enzymes kept rising. My doctor had told me if they were still elevated, he’d want to refer me to a gastroenterologist to have a biopsy done.
When first diagnosed, he did a full liver panel. It was his suspicion that the culprit was Fatty Liver Disease. While awaiting the results, I started doing my research. And found certain herbs were known to help improve liver function. But when I returned for my results, my doctor cautioned me against using them as there was some clinical research that indicated they did more harm than good. Tests were inconclusive for Fatty Liver Disease, but he felt that was still the cause of the elevated enzymes and prescribed a strict diet of whole foods. And to lose weight. He said the most effect way to cleanse my liver was to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken and fish. Eliminate the toxins impacting my liver (e.g. processed foods, carbs, sugar, additives and fillers) instead of adding any particular cleansing herb.
I lost some weight, the liver enzymes continued to climb.
Needless to say, I could not follow such a strict diet lacking the support of my family — they’re not about to give up their macaroni (and I’d have to pry the processed foods from their cold, dead, fingers). But I did cut out the processed foods for myself, sticking to the meat and veggies of the meals I prepared. I buy organic and non-GMO where able to. I have most recently begun pressure canning my stocks, soups, jellies, and sauces.
And I looked to eliminate other toxins — those I was exposed to via contact or breathing. Now I clean my home with water. My dishes and laundry are cleaned with pure soaps containing none of the icky stuff: Bleach, fabric softeners, artificial scents. My personal care products from toothpaste and deodorant to shampoo and body soap are organic, and free of the bad stuff: parabens, SLS, fillers, etc. I replaced OTC medications with Essential Oils, as well as diffusing them just to enjoy the naturally great smells.
But my weight has crept back up — shoulder surgery last year put a rather large speed bump in my running program, and time constraints with a toddler restricts my exercise regimen. And they drew my blood just after the holidays. I was terrified to hear my results.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 3 YEARS, MY LIVER ENZYMES HAD DROPPED — SUBSTANTIALLY!
On the inside, I’ve been doing a happy Snoopy Dance ever since I got the news.
Even though I desperately need to improve my exercise regimen for cardio and musculoskeletal health, radically reducing the toxins in our lives is working!
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