The Liver; Filter, Factory & Warehouse
The liver is the largest solid organ in the body. It performs a variety of essential functions. It acts as a filter. The liver is the body’s blood filter. It traps, breaks down and eliminates bacteria, poisons and toxins. It also takes old blood cells out of circulation and eliminates them. It is a factory. The liver manufactures enzymes, cholesterol and proteins, converts beta carotene into Vitamin A and produces bile for digestion. The liver converts fats into sugars and sugars into fats as needed by the body. It is a warehouse. The liver stores spare blood reserves for when it is needed. It stores fat in the form of cholesterol and sugar based fuel reserves called glycogen. It stores some cholesterol for short term use and sends some cholesterol to the fatty tissue of the body for long term energy storage. It also stores Vitamins B-12, E, K, D and some minerals like ferritin used in the manufacture of blood.
The liver transforms fats and proteins into fuel for the body. The fat we eat is carried to the liver broken down and burned to produce tremendous amounts of energy or released into the blood stream as fatty fuel for the rest of the body. The liver binds excess glucose molecules together to form glycogen a long animal starch storage molecule. When blood sugar is low the liver breaks down glycogen and releases glucose molecules into the blood. The liver also converts glucose to fat. If all the glycogen is used up, it can change fats and amino acids to glucose. The liver regulates the amount of cholesterol in the body like a thermostat. It synthesizes cholesterol when it is needed and breaks down and eliminates excess cholesterol when there is too much. Many of the cholesterol molecules that are broken down and eliminated have toxins and hormones attached to them that need to be eliminated. There are the hormones manufactured by your body, plant hormones acquired through your diet and toxic pollutants that are chemically similar to our hormones. In order, these are known as endogenous, phyto and xeno hormones. All three are lipophilic meaning they are carried by fat molecules. Toxins that are attached to fat molecules in this way are very destructive and eliminating them requires a lot of the liver’s energy. Lipophilic xenoestrogens include such cancerous substances as DDT. It is important to get them out of the body.
How the Liver Works
The Liver receives 25% of the oxygen rich blood sent by the heart from the lungs via the hepatic artery. The hepatic portal vein carries food rich, oxygen poor blood from the intestines to the liver. These two blood flows meet in a central cavity of the liver where they are mixed and drained off into the left and right lobules. These lobules contain hepatocytes and macrophanges. Hepatocytes do the factory work of the liver and are involved in protein and cholesterol synthesis, processing carbohydrates and the manufacture and excretion of bile. Hepatocytes are also engaged in the breakdown and excretion of endogenous toxins that are manufactured by the body as well as exogenous toxins that the body has picked up through the environment. Liver detoxification occurs in large part where dangerous lipophilic toxins carried by cholesterol molecules are broken down into less harmful water soluble toxins that can be eliminated. Macrophages, meaning big eaters, engulf and digest millions of bacteria as well as old red blood cells. The blood entering the liver from the digestive tract is full of bacteria and toxins and is highly poisonous. Macrophages eat these bacteria to keep them from escaping into the bloodstream. Bile is the waste product of the liver cell. This green liquid contains bile salts that are necessary for proper digestion of fats. Bile is squeezed into the upper intestine by the liver and gall bladder. Small bile canals carry the liver’s waste products away and drain into the bile duct.
What Goes Wrong
The liver is a factory, filter and warehouse. It also regulates the level of cholesterol in the body by making and sending it out when it is needed and taking it in and breaking it down when it is not needed. This regulatory system can get overwhelmed when there is a large toxic load, excessive consumption of cholesterol containing foods or a high intake of saturated fats causing the liver to produce a super abundance of cholesterol. This excess cholesterol floats around until it adheres to the walls of blood vessels and gets oxidized. Oxidized low density lipoproteins form the cell plaques of early blood vessel disease. LDL only causes damage to the body in its’ oxidized states. When the liver gets clogged with fats and toxins, rather than filter out toxins efficiently it allows them to pass through and many of them can wind up in the brain as they circulate throughout the body. When the liver is clogged with fat cholesterol builds up in the bloodstream, oxidizes and destroys your circulatory system. It is necessary to cleanse and flush the liver on a periodic basis so that there is room for it to perform its’ functions without the encumbrance of excess fat and toxins.
The liver sits on top of the stomach and below the diaphragm. When it becomes engorged with a toxic load it bloats out from under the rib cage and does not benefit from the undulating action of peristalsis and the rhythmic massaging action of the diaphragm. The diaphragm gently pumps the filter we call the liver as we breathe to keep it working properly. A swollen liver is not a filter or factory – it is a fatty toxic sponge. When it is distended it moves out of position causing matters to get progressively worse.
The ingredients in Hepasan are designed to work synergistically to burn off and utilize the stored carbohydrates and fats that are clogging the liver in the form of glycogen and cholesterol. It also stimulates the liver metabolically to breakdown toxins and chelate out heavy metals and dangerous chemicals. Hepasan also widens the veins and arteries by relaxing them, a process known as vasodilation, to increase blood flow. At the same times it thins the blood and the interstitial fluids using natural herbal blood thinners and mucus thinners to facilitate toxin elimination. When taken as directed with water it thins the bile as well in order to loosen wastes and backed up bile. Excess bile is stored in the gall bladder and is the basis of stones. It should be flushed regularly. Hepasan increases circulation while thinning the blood, bile and interstitial fluids to create a gentle flushing action. Hepasan breaks down dangerous aldehydes that are a byproduct of alcohol consumption making it great for hangovers.
Hepasan employs oxygen to stimulate detoxification at the cellular level. Every cell in your body produces energy through the ATP oxygen cycle. In fact your body produces twice your weight in ATP every day, constantly burning it and rebuilding it. This is also known as cellular respiration or the citric acid cycle. In aerobic organisms, the citric acid cycle is the chemical conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into carbon dioxide and water to generate usable energy. This metabolic pathway involves the breakdown of carbohydrates resulting in the production of ATP. The ingredients in Hepasan work together to boost ATP production and increase antioxidant activity by enhancing a major player in this cycle - the antioxidant glutathione. Hepasan has superior antioxidant and free radical scavengers that are both hydrophilic and lipophilic making it a double duty antioxidant and free radical scavenging formula. It is clear that toxin build up in your liver and subsequently in the rest of your body is the result of impaired function brought on by a surplus of starch, cholesterol and toxins. On the other hand the liver is very dynamic, meaning it jumps into action and gets the job done rather quickly when given the opportunity and ingredients that it needs.
Hepasan contains phytoestrogens that mix with and eliminate xenoestrogens. Many of the most dangerous cancer causing chemicals are fat soluble and act like as well as look like our hormones actually fooling cells into thinking that they are endogenous hormones. It is a word that not many people are familiar with but are all too familiar with some of the examples of xenoestrogens such as PCB, DDT, industrial pollutants, pesticides, fertilizers, solvents and residues of plastics. These substances bind to cholesterol molecules and travel around your body harassing the reproductive center of your cells in mutagenic and carcinogenic ways. They are filtered out by the liver and broken down into water soluble toxins for excretion. Hepasan helps break down xenoestrogens into less harmful water soluble toxins that are easily eliminated. Hepasan is formulated to assist the kidneys in a number of ways. It helps to make the urine less acidic and reduces the formation of kidney stones. It prevents reduction in renal function while reducing inflammation that is common in chronic urinary infection. Hepasan also provides cleansing by improving elimination by relaxing the kidney.
Hepasan is a liver gall bladder and kidney flush. It is intended to be taken with water. An individual interested in effecting a thorough cleanse should take four capsules of Hepasan with six ounces of water three times a day for five days. It is important to clear the digestive tract prior to engaging in a liver and gall bladder cleanse as these two organs empty into the intestines and colon. This will give the excreted wastes a place to empty into and prevent an uncomfortable backup of toxins commonly referred to as a detox reaction. When taking Hepasan with ample water it is a good idea to spread the three doses throughout the day either shortly before or after mealtime.