Fatty Liver and Ugly Toes
by Shoshanna Easling
My husband spent many of his young years on fishing boats in Alaska. The life of a professional fisher is not easy. Their days were 18 to 22 hours on their feet fishing, and they would be out on the boat from 2 week to a month at a time.
Life was hard and made for real men, but it also made for toe fungus. Wearing the same shoes, and sometimes running out of socks, feet would get wet. White nails began to grow as the fungus grew with strength. Toe fungus is not one of these things that just go away if you ignore it, but more people try. James and I got married a few years later. I took one look at his toe nails and I was determined to get rid of it. So I found some natural remedies and gave them to him, but he was used to having the fungus, and was not as determined as I was to get rid of it. With any aliment, it takes consistence to get rid of it. After a few years he wanted to get serious and get rid of the fungus, so he went to the doctor and got some medicine. He took it for three months. It got better and was almost gone. He ran out of the medicine but kept his feet clean and dry. It came back fast and with a vengeance. He went back to the doctor and got more medicine, it worked but not as well as the first time, and the moment he stopped taking it, the fungus was worse than ever, and not only that but he always seemed to be stressed out, grouchy and sometimes even angry. I knew that this was not him and there was something wrong, so I started to research. I knew that certain medications have a adverse action on the liver, but I did not know that anti-fungal like Ketoconazole, and anti-TB medicines like Rifampicin and Pyrazinamide were at the top of the list of liver killers. I knew James was in trouble and I wanted to know how bad he was and what I could do to help him, so I started to researched the symptoms of liver problems.
Here are a few of the symptom you can have: constipation, chronic gastritis, morning sickness, hepatitis, cirrhosis, Hepatomegaly, skin and eyes acquire a yellowish tinge and the urine turns dark yellow, anemic, nauseating feeling, light colored stools, irritable bowels or irregular bowel movements, swelling under the right lower ribs, painful breathing, curved and whitish look of nails, nose bleeding, and easy bruises as it shows liver abnormality and deficiency of proteins, and also frequent headaches, dizziness, spasms, irritability, depression, anger, stress, PMS, hormonal problems, acne, skin rashes or skin problems, and tiredness.
He had many of the symptoms, so I started researching everything liver. Did you know a fully grown liver is the size of a football and the biggest organ of the body? And that many people live with less than three quarters of their liver working? Did you know that it is not only an organ but also the largest gland in the body? Your liver is one of the most important components your body has. It is also the only organ that can rebuild itself. To rebuild a liver completely takes 18 to 24 months, because that is how long the liver cells live.
The liver has many functions from manufacturing proteins, synthesizing, storing, and processing (metabolizing) fats (used for energy), metabolizing and storing carbohydrates, which are used in blood that red blood cells and the brain use, forming and secreting bile, and absorbing vitamins A, D, E, and K. The liver also eliminates the potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body, detoxifies drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins.
Two to six months is a good start to get a good cleanse and to detoxify your liver. Everyone is different with detoxification depending on what they eat and what they are around. People eating organic food and living a low chemical life will recover much faster than say, a painter or someone that has been on prescription medications with serious side effects, and eats non organic. Life can get bad quick when your liver is not working well because your blood passes through your liver but does not get recharged properly. This can make you have fatigue, toxemia, and chronic diseases. A healthy liver balances your life and gives you the quality of living. Having a bad liver can literally take the joy and excitement in life and turn it into impatiences and anger. So how do you know when your liver cleansing program is complete? Your skin will be more lustrous, vision will be better, skin will be free from red blotches and itchy spots, clarity in the brain, you'll have more energy and a sense for tomorrow.
Regenerating the liver takes longer than detoxification. You will feel better because of the detoxification will have given your liver the clean house it needs to start rebuilding, but it needs to be nourished and well taken care of while it is rebuilding. Here are some things that help your liver along: eating nourishing and organic foods whenever you can, staying away for chemicals, drinking 8 cups of water an day, taking nourishing, anti-oxidants, and using blood purifying herbs and foods.
I researched herbs to find the perfect combination for my man to take. I made a tincture and he started taking it. Within a few days I could already tell a difference. He was relaxed for the first time in months. I was so excited!!! I knew we had a long way to go but we were well on our way to the old James. One month later he is still taking my homemade Liver Tincture and doing well. He plans to continue to do take a dropper full (1/2 tsp) 3 to 5 times a day for 3 to 6 months then a dropper full 1 to 2 times a day for 2 years.
Life is good and living life with joy, excitement, and a purpose for tomorrow makes it even better. Don’t give up if you are sick. Research!!! . . . and live the quality of life you can.
For Jame's toenail fungus, I am coming up with something GREAT!!! I will let you guys in on it when I get it perfected.
Liver Tincture~ contains; Indian gooseberry/amalaki, turmeric, ginger, dandelion leaf, licorice root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, hawthorn berries, Eleuthero Root, astragalus root, St. John’s Wort.
The Liver Tincture is a combination of herbs that purify the blood, are high anti-oxidants, nourishes the livers, help with liver enlargement, help to rebuild the liver, helps with detoxing and the stress it has on the body, helps to level the hormones, stimulates your digestive system and more.
How to make it~
Fill a clean glass canning jar 2/3 full with dried herbs. Add vodka up to one inch to the top. Screw lid on tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Shake 3-7 times a week. The tincture needs to sit at least 2-6 weeks. Strain tincture and pour into a colored glass bottle, closing the lid tightly. Alcohol tinctures will last 2-3 years. Tinctures need to be kept in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet.
Why use vodka? Water rolls off the liver where alcohol goes straight to it taking the herb with it.
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Did You Know?
Cayenne powder has been used by researchers in Antarctica to help them bear the extremely cold temperatures. The cayenne powder is sprinkled into their boots before putting them on. As the powder slowly comes in contact with the skin through the socks, it will draw blood to the feet, thus bringing much needed warms to the extremities. The one draw back is the red powder stains light colored socks. From our readings, it seems the stained socks were a small price to pay for the great benefit of being able to feel your toes after a little while out in the blistering cold! After trying this on a number of occasions during the winter near Lake Superior, I'm also convinced the stained socks are worth it.
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