Liver Health for Detoxification

by Dr. Melissa Carr, Dr. TCM

April 18, 2018

Think you’ve got a grueling work schedule? Well, allow us to introduce you to the hardest working organ in the body—your liver. Believe it or not, the liver is in charge of literally hundreds of different daily functions, like regulating fat stores, supporting digestion of fats, neutralizing and eliminating toxins, metabolizing hormones, storing vitamins and minerals, contributing to immunity health, and regenerating its own damaged tissue. Now that’s a workload!

With so much on your liver’s to-do list, you want to make sure it’s strong and healthy. Otherwise, you can be opening the door to a host of health issues that can affect digestion, bones, skin, and joints, not to mention cause urinary, circulatory, respiratory, and immune system disorders.

Factors That Affect Proper Liver Functioning?

LiverAs tough as your liver might be, it is not indestructible. Harmful lifestyle choices like excess alcohol and processed food consumption can jeopardize even the healthiest liver. Other factors like obesity and environmental toxins can also put added stress on your liver, resulting in perhaps unrepairable damage. Over time, chronic liver abuse can lead to major problems, including liver infections, cirrhosis, enlarged liver, and liver cancer.

Whether it be from taking in toxins from the environment, eating a detrimental diet, or suffering from sickness, a healthy liver is crucial when it comes to maintaining your overall health. And the road to a healthy, happy liver begins with a great cleansing plan.

Red Reishi Mushrooms and Detoxifying Your Liver

Reishi cap growing on soilRevered for thousands of years in Asia, Japanese red reishi is no stranger when it comes to detoxifying the liver. In addition to boosting energy and lowering stress, this mighty mushroom delivers a powerful punch of antioxidants that not only improves the immune system, but also supports proper liver functioning.

Mounting scientific evidence has demonstrated, again and again, the awesome liver cleansing and supporting abilities of red reishi. This fantastic fungus has been shown to filter toxins and protect your liver against free radicals, cirrhosis, and fibrosis. Reishi can also help counteract hardening of the arteries—a serious condition called arteriosclerosis that can lead to a diseased liver.

And if that wasn’t remarkable enough, the polysaccharide fractions and tripertenes from reishi also help fend off infections—bacteria, fungus, and viruses like hepatitis that can damage the liver.

Reading through the research on reishi mushrooms and how it supports healthy liver function is like reading about a superhero, but in this case, it’s true. Reishi has been found to have antioxidant activity, modulate hepatic Phase I and II enzymes (related to liver detoxification), have antiviral activity, balance immune response, modulate the production of nitric oxide (involved in increasing blood circulation amongst other things), inhibit b-glucuronidase (involved in liver detoxification), and maintain hepatocellular calcium homeostasis (again for liver detoxification).

So, be kind to your liver—don’t stress it out too much with poor choices of food and drink and toxic burdens. But also consider supporting your superhero liver with Japanese red reishi mushrooms.

Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. In practice since 2001, Dr. Carr has a passion for sharing health information. She has been a nutrition instructor and a health consultant, lecturer, and writer for 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper, Fraser Health Authority, UBC, and the David Suzuki Foundation, amongst others. www.activetcm.com

References

> Back to Health Articles

All information on this site is provided for informational or educational purposes only. Information presented here is not intended to substitute the advice provided to you by your physician or healthcare practitioner. You should not use any information contained in our site to self-diagnose or personally treat any medical condition or disease. If you have or suspect you have a medical condition, you are urged to contact your healthcare practitioner.

Taking natural health supplements should be a decision made by the individual themselves and based on personal research. It is recommended for all individuals to consult their healthcare practitioner prior to starting any new medication. Individuals should not discontinue current medication without first consulting their doctor.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or make a purchase from our websites which includes www.mikei.ca, www.mikei.com, www.mikeireishi.com, www.mikei.co.uk and www.nikkeicanada.com (the “Sites”).

PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT

When you visit the Sites, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Sites, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Sites, and information about how you interact with the Sites. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:

Additionally, when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Sites, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers, expiration date), email address, and phone number. At your discretion, we may also be collecting your birthdate and title information. We refer to this information as “Order Information.”

When we talk about “Personal Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Order Information.

HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Sites (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Sites (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Sites, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns). We may also use the Device Information for remarketing and retargeting purposes to provide you with targeted advertisements and offers we believe may be of interest to you.

SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company to bill users for purchases. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Sites. You can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://policies.google.com/privacy. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

BEHAVIOURAL ADVERTISING

As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you.

You can opt out of targeted advertising by:

Additionally, you can also visit NAI’s opt-out page http://optout.networkadvertising.org.

DO NOT TRACK

Please note that we do not alter our Sites’ data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

LINKS

The Sites contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

RESIDENTS IN EUROPE

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident, we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Sites), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

SURVEYS, CONTESTS, OFFERS

From time-to-time, the Sites may request information via surveys, contests, or offers. Participation in these surveys, contests, and offers is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as postal code, age level, gender). Contact information will be used to notify the winners, award prizes, or redeem offers. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of the Sites and the products offered on the Sites.

DATA RETENTION

When you place an order through the Sites, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.

CHANGES

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. This policy was last updated on October 27th, 2019.

CONTACT US

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at info@nikkeicanada.com or by mail using the address provided below:

Nikkei (Canada) Marketing Limited Unit 170 - 12868 Clarke Place, Richmond, BC, V6V 2H1, Canada