“How do I cleanse my liver?”, “What am I supposed to do while on an anti-candida diet?”, “How can I seriously sleep better?”, “OMG I made that vegan chocolate cake!” and “Have you read this Farmacology book (that’s farm with a F)” are just a few of the questions and comments that have been sent into liannephillipson.com and sproutright.com. After last week’s episode 122, all about how to take stock of where you’re at with your health, so you know what of the topics, symptoms that I talk about and then recommendations that I share on EAT THIS with Lianne will support your focus and goals, today I want to dive into your questions and comments. When I say take stock of where you’re at and know your focus, I mean as in if you don’t have a problem with your gut, then you don’t need to think about taking a digestive enzyme like HypoZymase to ease your bloating, burping and heartburn. Last week I offered my client intake forms in a format for you to self-assess your symptoms with the download that many of you have already on sproutright.com/takestock. Hearing what others are asking and commenting can help you refine your focus, adjust your diet in ways that ease what you highlight or underline in their self-assessment tool. This week I’ve collected up some of your questions as examples of how to take what you found as you took stock. So today on EAT THIS with Lianne the questions that you, my lovely loyal listeners have sent in with some next steps laid out as I answer listener questions from people just like YOU!
I do get great questions coming in and some are great examples of what many of you listening right now would also like to know – whether you know it or not.
“What would you advise, I purchase, from your line of products, to detoxify my liver? I simply want to keep my liver healthy. At times, I tend to “ drink” more than I should; nothing excessive though. I found myself “ drinking” more wine than I should, during COVID, and feeling somewhat guilty. I want to cleanse my liver and keep it healthy and functioning well. Thank you.”
Such a great question that first needs some clarifying. I’m fairly literal with my words, so I’m going to start with the ‘cleansing’ of the liver with a slight reframe. The liver is a cleansing and detoxifying machine. It has two phases of breaking down what happens in your body if you lived in a bubble without anything extra to do; hormones, cholesterol, and waste from metabolism. And then there’s also things like caffeine, any medication that you take, pesticides, herbicides, and pollutants from anything in our world. The liver turns the toxic ammonia into a substance called urea. The liver releases this into the blood where the kidneys excrete it via the urine. The liver also removes alcohol from the blood,
- milk thistle has been shown to decrease liver inflammation
- Bio A Curcumin with its turmeric extract has been shown to protect against liver injury
There are ways to help support your liver both with food and supplements. Let’s start with foods to eat more of:
Leafy greens. Green leafy vegetables are high in chlorophyll and soak up a lot of toxins from the bloodstream.
Cruciferous Vegetables – Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts all fall in the cruciferous vegetable category. These kitchen staples carry many health benefits, including detoxing the liver and balancing liver enzymes. They also contain a compound called indole, which is shown to help fight or prevent fatty liver disease.
Fatty Fish – Fatty fish (such as salmon, sardines, and herring) is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that cirrhosis-damaged livers have lower levels of these fatty acids compared with healthy ones, and that increasing omega-3s may help with this disease long-term. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and might help reduce fatty liver disease. low in mercury to avoid further liver damage. If you don’t like fish, taking fish oil for fatty liver offers some of the same benefits.
Nuts and seeds, loads of water, olive oil, avocado oil and brightly coloured fruits and veggies like berries and beets.
What to avoid:
- Alcohol. Alcohol-related liver disease is due to years of drinking too much alcohol.
- Fried foods. Fried foods, like chicken fingers and French fries, are high in saturated fat.
- Processed meats.
- Sugary and processed foods.
Supplements to help your liver do what it needs to do.
There’s Physica Energetic’s NAC, Glutathione, HepataGest, that are specific for the liver and break down what the body needs to. Also Carduus Maranius Intrinsic is a herb that is supportive of all that the liver has to do. Some of those are available on the site, and others are special order.
Next up is from another lovely loyal listener and the question was around following an anti-candida diet. Episode 97 about Candida will explain more, but that overgrowth of yeast that are associated with yeast infections; vaginally for women, jock itch for men, athletes foot, digestive issues like gas and bloating, IBS and constipation, then also sinusitis, urinary tract infection, and even ear infections because it lowers immunity when your body is constantly fighting it. Candida albicans LOVES sugar, alcohol and refined carbs, so it’s very common to have a sweet tooth until you really ditch the sweet stuff and allow the gut microbiome to be more like 80% good bacteria to 20% bad bacteria that includes the fungus Candida. Antibiotics, regular medication, eating a less than whole food diet all contribute to candida. We all have a level of fungus in the gut, and these things lead to an unbalance of good to bad bacteria and that includes candida.
First off, you need to support the liver as candida is a heavy burden on the liver. Next adjust the diet to reduce and eliminate sugars from any processed foods and drinks. Some take sugar right out as in fruits, but apples, pears and berries are totally fine. Probiotics must be on board and then you need something to help eliminate the candida. That’s berberine, artemisia, Nat Colon CLR, or Wild Bear garlic. With some clients, I do all of them in rotation for three months.
Chris, Maryann made the Vegan cake from Episode 116 for her kids on Mother’s Day and it was a huge hit. In case you missed that episode head back to ep 116 and check out the recipe on liannephillipson.com and search for https://liannephillipson.com/eat-vegan-pastries/ Have you made it yet? How did it go?
After episode 115 – about Regenerative Farming, Karen reached out and shared more information about her experience with a book that’s a prerequisite for her Natural Nutrition program that she’s taking.
I heard your podcast on Newstalk 1010 today. Fabulous! Have you heard of a book called “Farmacology – total health from the ground up. It’s by a MD, Daphne Miller, and she goes around to several farms (regenerative-type … ), interviewing the farmers. So much is the same! Soil health = gut health, no, or next to no, fertilizing, rotational grazing (I think they call it “bison-grazing”). I’ve lent the book to a friend, so I can’t check to see if they call it regenerative farming as well, but it’s totally the same idea, so … there are several farms like that in the States, not just one. Of course, the more, the better!”
I still think about the farming methods and actually will be interviewing a few farmers and producers in the coming weeks, that I’ve met at the local market that I go to weekly. The Brickworks Market has so many farmers whose produce truly makes me joyful. Both while I’m there, and as I make my salads each week with incredible greens, sprouts and flowers, and then finally eat them during the week. Listen out for that in the upcoming episodes!
Do you have questions too? Send them in! I can help trouble shoot but it’s possible with more multi symptom situations, that you need a full consultation.