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The Large Intestine-Liver-Immune System Connection


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Large Intestine and Your Immune System

When you think about the immune system, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? You will hardly believe this but don’t you know that the large intestines cover 70% of your immune system. Thanks to the advancing research, more and more people are getting introduced to the intestine-immune system connection.

Experts firmly believe that the root of many serious illnesses is a weak gastrointestinal system. One of its most important immune system functions is to hold a complex memory of every substance that passes through the ‘boundary’ and to identify bacteria, fungi, viruses etc. However, if this function messed up, it will either shut down, making the person sick or begin attacking elements that aren’t actually harmful. This is the reason why many people develop allergies to food or other elements and some even get worse.

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract mucus lining is the first layer that comes in contact with the majority of the toxins in the body, and the high amount of detoxifying enzymes present in the intestines keeps these toxins from passing through and ending up in the blood streams. However, there are some instances where pathogens or toxins pass through this layer. One reason is poor integrity of the intestinal mucosa. To pump up your immune system, make sure you keep a healthy gut by supporting a healthy population of intestinal flora.

A healthy gut will digest even the last trace of nutrition in the food you eat. Helpful gut bacteria reside here, helping the bowel produce enzymes, convert Vitamins B and K and fight ‘bad bacteria’ from inhabiting in your GI tract. When the natural balance gets disturbed, bad bacteria are quick to invade your large intestine, and posing threat to your health.

The Liver and Your Immune System

The liver plays a profound role in our body’s immune system. The blood vessels of the intestine connecting to the liver is rich in environmental toxins, bacteria and food antigens. For the liver to effectively defend the body from potentially harmful agent without prompting an immunologic response, the liver has to rely on its powerful innate immune system.

Indeed, the liver is a true powerhouse. Some of its key functions include identifying toxic substances, neutralizing them and preparing them for elimination. Did you know that almost 80% of detoxification takes place in the liver? This major organ is a body’s reliable garbage collector, ensuring that our body is clear of any toxic substances, be it foreign substances or simply natural waste products of our metabolic processes.

Although it is used to working relentlessly, it can also get overwhelmed. Too much exposure to toxic substances such as alcohol and certain medications can congest the liver. In turn, the liver cannot work efficiently. Once the digestive system becomes compromised, it will permit more and more unsuitable substances to pass through the bloodstream. Undigested, toxic particles can then overload the liver, leading to impairment.

Based on Chinese medicine, the liver is believed as ‘the seat of one’s soul’. With its vital job of cleaning the blood, an impaired liver can take a huge toll on a person’s spirit. A person with a chronic sickness often has an impaired liver as well. In addition, that person will have migraines and nightmares too.

Besides cleaning the blood, the liver houses unreleased, unexpressed anger as well. As such, when you go through the cleanse process, you need to realize how you express anger. How do you manage it? What are factors that can trigger your anger? What emotions show up when you got angry? Is it sadness, sarcasm or hurt withdrawal? What is your view on expressing fully and genuinely without being destructive? When you experienced it fully and truly, your anger can be an effective way for change. What are the things or aspects you want to change in your life?

Take note that the liver is a powerful organ that can regenerate itself. When this organ is injured or diseased, it can heal on its own. Therefore, the liver has a highly potent force when it comes to cleansing the body.

About Dzung Vu(Price)

Dr. Dzung Vu (Price), Founder of Beyond Good Health Clinics, educates, trains and treats individuals with challenging chronic health conditions. As a holistic medical practitioner with 23 years in practice her goal is to empower her students and clients physically, emotionally and spiritually to allow them to get back on track with a healthy and purposeful life.

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