Healing My Liver the Natural Way
By Miri Eynan
Once I heard “You’ve got cancer” a few years back, I thought no other news could shake my world. I was wrong. When the doctor went over the routine scan results and casually mentioned, “Your liver is fatty and doesn’t look good at all,” I was surprised.
“What do you mean?” I asked. “It’s just a fatty liver,” he said, brushing it off. “The type of liver alcoholics sometimes have.” He suggested seeing a liver specialist and added, “In the meantime, it won’t hurt to cut down on alcohol consumption and fatty food.”
I’ve never been an alcoholic. I can’t even stand the smell of beer. I’m not overweight. I’m a high raw vegan, green organic juices queen who has lived the “Crazy Sexy Diet” lifestyle for the past four years.
I was devastated and disappointed that my body was acting out. The thought that I might have brought it upon myself was hard to swallow. My liver enzymes were elevated; the cholesterol and triglycerides in my blood sky rocketed.
All I wanted was to curl into bed in a fetal position and hide under the covers with a bag of chips in one hand and a box of Oreo cookies in the other. I wasn’t sure what to do and felt lost. It took a few days before I could get up to make myself a glass of green juice and search for information. I found out that fatty liver is as simple as it sounds. It means that the liver is being invaded by fat! As a result, the liver can’t filter and cleanse the bloodstream as much as it should and, therefore, the blood is overloaded with toxins. It’s highly linked to traditional Western diet and, if ignored, it can get worse and lead to severe inflamed liver or scarring of the liver tissue.
I tried to figure out what in my daily food intake damaged my liver so much. Being a vegan who eats 80 percent raw veggies, I wasn’t sure where to start. Is it the one avocado a week that I add to my green leafy smoothies? Is it the mixed nuts I snack on? Is it the cup of almond milk I treat myself to before bed time? The olive oil in my salads?
After many days of an agonizing search, I realized the only thing I had been putting in my body that wasn’t clean and green was the medication Tamoxifen. I had been taking it for three years to prevent breast cancer recurrence. It has many possible side effects, including liver damage.
Tamoxifen helps many people like me. But after three years, it took its toll on my body. I felt that I had to make a choice: a sick liver or increasing the risk of recurrence. Like deciding between a tall latte and a venti green tea. It took me a few lingering days to digest the information, look at the Tamoxifen container and said my goodbyes.
I will never know if Tamoxifen actually made my liver so sick. I followed my intuition like I have since I started my healing journey.
Luckily, I wasn’t alone.
Kris Carr is my hero and was my guiding light through some of my most challenging times. I go to the Crazy Sexy Life community for inspiration and information. I sought help for first time and didn’t have to wait long.
Whole Body Healer came to my rescue. She is one of several incredible My Crazy Sexy Life Ambassadors. She reached to me when I needed it most and virtually wiped my tears. Once the tears stopped, I saw things clearly. She directed me to previous posts, articles and studies about the liver. She held my hand until I had a plan. She made it look doable and easy, like a piece of sugarless, vegan cake.
“Detoxification” became my new mantra. Toxins out, vitality in. Thankfully, the liver is one of the most resilient organs in the body and can heal itself if given a chance. I was ready to show my body that we can rebuild the mutual trust we once had. I was determined to get rid of all the toxins so the yellow, greasy, enlarged liver would shine like a sparkling star.
I became a green machine. I increased my daily green intake to 6 to 8 cups of kale, lettuce, celery, sweet pea sprouts and cucumbers. I drank plenty of water to help flush out the junk. I continued to eat my vegan meals, but added more purple veggies (beets, red cabbage and burdock root), cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) and artichokes. No sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed food or other junk. Only fresh, plant-based food. I added a few Chinese herbs and supplements. I saw my acupuncturist weekly. To get to the “bottom” of the problem, I opened my own coffee shop with a daily coffee enema followed by a wheatgrass implant and a castor oil pack. I had a colonic session every four weeks to clear my pipes. I dry brushed religiously. I used an infrared sauna few times a week; Reiki and healing energies as needed; meditation, yoga and positive thoughts. It felt like a full-time job, but with a well worthy compensation.
Fast forward five months. My liver has completely healed!
I was asked to repeat the tests to make sure they are accurate. No one believed my liver has healed in such a short time. My cholesterol and triglycerides went down many points. It looked like I was a different person. I am a different person – healthier than ever and empowered!
If I could do it, so can you. We all have Crazy Sexy bodies craving to be healthy. Educate yourself and make changes in your lifestyle. The results will soon knock on your door. “Crazy Sexy Diet” changed my life forever, and it will change yours.
Find like-minded friends who will help and support you.
You can heal yourself!
Miri Eynan is a breast canser survivor, a family therapist and full-time juicer. Lives in Richmond, VA with her wonderful husband and two awesome kids.
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