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my liver is weak ,it can't digest food properly. what is solution for it?

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1197 · April 04, 2014 at 3:45 AM

you seem to be totally anthropomorphizing your liver. It is an internal organ and I am fairly certain in does not "rejoice"

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 11:22 AM

If you eat a pepper corn, anyone, it goes through the digestive tract in under one hour. Its a major irritant. I can't eat it. Your fat digestion is strange, clearly that has no relation to liver. Dairy is pre-emulsified. Tallow is not. Maybe your allergic to dairy proteins, or have leaky gut, but if you can eat beef fat, and olive oil, you problem isn't fats, its particular foods.

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540 · April 02, 2014 at 4:07 AM

on top of both of those recs - amino acids (protein!). milk thistle supplementation too per my naturopath.

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1147 · April 02, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Yes, well no. I clearly digest egg yolks extremely well, and roasted fatty cuts agree with me. But rich stews and dairy bother me. I do use lard and tallow for sautéing, and I often put a tbsp of tallow in my soup. I use gallons of olive oil per year.

Also, do look up "black pepper toxicity". It affects the liver, and it has always given me problems above a small pinch. Black pepper is the reason why I am careful with cured meats. Nutmeg also is anti-liver IME, but most other spices are OK even in large quantities.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Booze is also oxidative. I mean, i guess if your drinking small amounts it might not be terrible. But IDK about wine as a choice of beverage. It might have good phenols, but its not a clean liquor.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Methanol and ethanol are toxic to the liver. Methanol is found in non-distilled alcohols like wine particularly, and its more toxic than ethanol. If you drink anything, triple distilled clear spirits in low quantities is probably preferable.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 2:57 AM

If your hepatic blood indicators are fine, then your liver is fine, no? Think about the gut protocol thing, if your react to foods, I think is something well worth a try if you ever have odd digestion. Your brain, heart and liver need fats to run on (and in the case of brain, to regenerate myelin) - and some vitamins are fat soluble. Its an important macro. I usually fry in coconut oil, or on moderate heat with olive oil. But I'd prefer to eat roasted stuff if I had the time and energy. Are you fine with fatty cuts of meat, eggs, dairy etc?

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1147 · April 02, 2014 at 1:36 AM

the wine, most probably, is hypersensivity to sulfites. I make my own now and those issues have been strongly reduced. Still, sulfites is a liver thing.

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1147 · April 02, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Thanks for the concern. I note that the vegetables I eat raw (most roots, some of the smaller greens,besides those above) are usually seen as liver protectors.And I am the oldest soccer player in my group and quite active. I think it is some event in my childhood that has weakened/scarred it, now I manage quite well, I only pick a dandelion salad when the season changes. My hepatic blood indicators, in fact, are fine.

Also, my diet is not that raw and is not low fat. I just see a more positive response when the food is boiled/steamed, oven cooked, or seared.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:17 AM

If your reacting heavily to wine, its possible your liver is a little dodge. Maybe its fatty liver, from too little exercise and too much sugar or something. But you shouldn't self-diagnose - liver issues can be tested for easily, and they should be kept track of by a doctor. I still think the majority of your digestive problems are gut though. Alcohol for example is a massive gut irritant.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:15 AM

If you had gallbladder issues, you'd know about it, for sure btw. Its painful as hell, and very localized. I think this is a gut issue. Im betting that your low fat, high carb, high fiber, semi-raw diet probably isn't helping. Another to check out is digestive enzymes. But I would leave them till after youve done the probiotic + bone broth regime.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:12 AM

I think its more likely you have gut issues. Thats how they usually present, food sensitivities, quite often fats. My recommendation would be to look at making and eating a crapload of bone broth (make up a huge stew to eat each day, or soup), and eat yogurt each morning, and see how you are after say, 1-2 weeks. Also avoid excess carbs, or insoluble fiber until your gut lining is fixed, and your gut bacteria is semi-normal.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Additional problems that could cause hypersensitivity to fats, hinted at by your reaction to pepper (which is an irritant, it just passes through the gut), is gut bacteria dysbiosis, and leaky gut syndrome. For this, a course of bone broth, and priobiotic foods is usually quite effective (home made stock in stews and soups + yogurt for example). Dairy fats and coconut fats may help prime your lipase enzyme too. But problems digesting fats are not related to liver health. At most, they are connected to pancreas activity, gallbladder, and digestive health.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:06 AM

fats other than dairy or coconut oil are emulsified by bile prior to digestion. The liver makes bile, but a dodgey liver still makes bile just fine. Its either an infected or blocked gallbladder that will give you temporary troubles with bile (thats where the bile is stored) - largely due to underuse (stagnation creates infection and stones), or problems with the pancreas or general digestion. Fat is digested by lipase, produced by the pancreas. If its not used to producing enough of this, it may be underactive..

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Raw vegetables are harder to digest. Black pepper is a stomach irritant, anyone with a dicey gut will react to that. If your liver is dicey, drop the wine all together, up your choline intake (beef liver, cranberry and eggs), lower fructose intake. The liver does not process fats. Ill explain in the next post how it actually occurs.

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:00 AM

It also manages fat storage, processes fructose, and manages fat utilization, and maintains blood glucose during exercise (and removes phytochemicals in fruits and veges from the blood, and is involved in a variety of metabolic pathways of food byproducts). However, I agree, the question needs more specificity. What diagnosis, and what the problem regarding food actually is.

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1147 · April 01, 2014 at 11:12 PM

no,no, my liver IS weak. Granted it is much stronger than it once was, but it vastly prefers raw or lightly cooked foods, abhors fried foods, and all things with black pepper. I see it rejoice when I eat things that are protective of the liver, like artichokes or cardoons, or even dandelion or radicchio. I see a difference even when going from one glass of wine a day to zero. I see people gorging on fried foods and I do not understand how they can enjoy it.

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455 · April 01, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Yeah, sounds like woo....

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41442 · April 01, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Weak liver… probably talking traditional Chinese medicine mumbo jumbo…

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175 · April 03, 2014 at 5:39 PM

@TheGastronomer

Good liver advice from a Hep C sufferer:

http://hopefulgeranium.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/my-dietary-recommendations-for-liver.html

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0 · April 02, 2014 at 1:23 AM

I drink lemon water every morning first thing bc it is supposed to detox the liver. I also like to drink dandelion tea for the same reason.

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540 · April 02, 2014 at 4:07 AM

on top of both of those recs - amino acids (protein!). milk thistle supplementation too per my naturopath.

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455 · April 01, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Digestion takes place in the stomach and in the intestines, not in the liver. The main responsibility delegated to your liver in terms of digestion is the production of bile salts and cholesterol required to emulsify the fats that you ate for breakdown by pancreatic lipase and subsequent absorption by the small intestine. Please specify what you mean by a "weak" liver. Do you have cirrhosis? Hepatitis? Fatty liver disease? There is no solution that can be provided until you specify the details of the problem.

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41442 · April 01, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Weak liver… probably talking traditional Chinese medicine mumbo jumbo…

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60 · April 02, 2014 at 1:00 AM

It also manages fat storage, processes fructose, and manages fat utilization, and maintains blood glucose during exercise (and removes phytochemicals in fruits and veges from the blood, and is involved in a variety of metabolic pathways of food byproducts). However, I agree, the question needs more specificity. What diagnosis, and what the problem regarding food actually is.

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