Of all the supplements The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) carries, livamend is my favorite. Next would be assist enzymes and third, Ancient Minerals. My liver is less effective then most because I have a gene mutation called MTHFR. This means my liver needs help ALL the time. I drink lemon water and green smoothies, I don’t eat gluten, sugar, or yeast and I eat a ton of unsalted probiotic food.
I do colonics and put castor packs on my liver. I walk, dance, and meditate twice a day to release anger and tension (traditional Chinese medicine sees the liver as a place where these feelings get stored). BIG emotions are known to contribute to a chronically tight liver.
When I started on B.E.D. in 2010, I was a single mom with no extra $$. I couldn’t afford supplements, other then assist enzymes to help with bloating, nor did I understand the role of my liver. I was always finding new ways to stimulate and detox my liver in a gentle, natural way.
Dosage & Ingredients
LivAmend contains wasabi, sarsaparilla, artichoke extract, and milk thistle; all of which are potent liver cleansers that work synergistically. You can take extra milk thistle (2 capsules = 60mg) so don’t be shy if you already take milk thistle, you can still take it. That’s a tidbit, do your own research. The label says 1-2 capsules with morning/evening meals and to improve bowel elimination use up to 9 capsules a day. No matter how many you take, start slow.
When I first started taking LivAmend, I took 2 capsules in morning and evening. Holy cow, did my body react to these capsules. My face broke out in acne and black spots appeared darting to and fro in my eyesight. My ‘liver line’ (crease in-between eyes on forehead) turned into a deep, groove; which is my measuring mark as to how far I push myself. I also got an irritated red area around my nose that happens when my liver is overly stimulated.
I can see now just how backed up my liver was. In so many directions …. emotionally, physically, mentally. I went back to 1 capsule in morning/evening, yet still felt triggered. Over time, I stopped taking them because I thought they were too strong. I turned my attention to cleansing my colon in hopes of easing my toxic overload. These days, I flow better, my circulation is better, I’m more aware of my body. I’ve connected more dots with my health. For me, LivAmend was too strong in the beginning and I had to build my tolerance; now I can easily take two capsules in the morning and evening without symptoms.
Why I Take LivAmend
I was on Body Ecology Diet (gut healing protocol) for a year before I started LivAmend to help with the after-effects of GBS+ during my last pregnancy which had resulted in my getting thrush and systemic yeast overgrowth. I knew the toxins that the Candida albicans were producing inside me, aka die-off, were affecting my liver negatively. During this time, I learned I had high levels of arsenic and if I did not start supporting my liver, I’d face more allergies/sensitivities than I already experienced. This is what ultimately put me into action to find ways to support and relax my liver.
If I take more LivAmend then my body can handle, I go into a ‘cleansing mode’ and need to carve out time to rest and detox. Life is full and I don’t always have the time for such cleansing. Silly, I know, but true. That said, spring is a great time to cleanse liver as you have Nature on your side pushing things along. A cleansing crisis is not bad, I just don’t want to put myself into one on purpose unless I can afford the time. Is there ever a good time for a cleansing crisis? Now that I know what they are and had my share of them, I try to keep them at bay unless I consciously go into one with time to rest.
The trick is to find your balance; start at a pace within your comfort and know you’re getting more bounce to the ounce with this one supplement!
Moving the liver is as important as moving bowels when it comes to keeping body waste moving down ‘n out. If you have sluggish bowels (or over-reactive) the liver has to work harder and can become congested. Congested liver is reflected in skin and eyes, so keeping liver de-congested helps you feel better. LivAmend is a good step to get there. As is a colema board to cleanse your colon. You can purchase LivAmend here.
May all bellies be happy!
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