Many of us in the TMJ/TMD community suffer from sinus, ear, and nasal congestion. You may have been diagnosed with IBS or IBD. It can be really challenging to find things to eat and when we do, we don’t really want to thoroughly chew our food. This puts a tremendous load on our digestive system. Maybe you take medications to manage your TMJ/TMD pain. Your liver has to process those medications. Digestion and the liver go hand in hand.
The liver is one of your master glands. It works so hard for you. Your liver is responsible for:
- The regulation of fat storage
- It helps to cleanse the blood
- Neutralizes and destroys poisons
- It manufactures new body proteins
- Metabolizes alcohol, manages chemicals in the blood
- Aids in digestion through the production of bile
- Produces immune factors
- Aids in the removal of bacteria from the blood
- Stores vitamins, minerals, and sugars
- Maintains hormone balance
- Controls the secretion of cholesterol
- When supported can regenerate its own tissues.
Why wouldn’t you give it a little love?
When the liver becomes overwhelmed it can become unbalanced.
Here are some clues that your liver needs support. New or chronic issues in any or all of these areas are rooted in a sluggish liver.
- Skin issues like rashes, eczema, and psoriasis
- Bladder issues
- Lung issues
- Digestive troubles
- Low energy
- Hay fever
- Problems with the mouth
- Nasal Cavities
- Vaginal problems
- Hormone Imbalances
- Kidney problems
7 things that you can do to support your liver
- Avoid late night snacking: The liver’s regenerative cycle is between 11pm and 3am. You should be sleeping during this time anyway, but it is best to be asleep by 10pm to get the best sleep to allow for regeneration.
- Reduce the toxic load on the liver – filtered water (not bottled), eat organic as much as possible, increase fiber to bind the toxins and help to move them out.
- Good fat is good. Bad fat is really bad. Don’t eat anything fried! No oxidized oils. We want to be using coconut, avocado, and olive oil (olive oil should not be used for high-heat cooking). Good fats support liver health.
- Too much protein is a bad thing as it put undue stress on the liver. We need a good amount of high quality protein, but factors on how much will depend on your individual needs. A good protein in the form of an essential fat is avocado.
- Eating a nutrient-dense whole foods diet to support liver health. Greens – bitter greens like mustard, collard and dandelion. Fruits and veggies – including the peel! Things like radishes, beets, artichokes, and cruciferous vegetables (help to us to rid our bodies of excess estrogen). Make sure you are consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins. Consider cooking with turmeric or curry. Green tea is great too!
- Consider adding super foods to your diet like: Spirulina, Chlorella, and the Chlorophyll that we get from our greens, seaweed, and Matcha Green Tea. **Note – chlorella must be used cautiously as it can cause the body to detoxify too quickly**
- Milk Thistle – Helps to rebuild and regenerate the liver
- Reduce or eliminate sugar – It acts like acid in the joints and can really rev up your TMJ pain and inflammation. Heavy sugar consumption can contribute to Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
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Heidi Price is a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner who has suffered from TMJ for over thirty years. She teaches people who suffer from TMJ, crooked teeth, and/or missing teeth how these conditions affect the whole body, and helps them to reclaim their lives.
After many years of searching for the missing puzzle piece in her healing journey, she experienced tremendous relief from the pain and inflammation associated with TMJ through nutrition and lifestyle modifications in conjunction with neuromuscular dentistry. She quit her job and went back to school to earn her certification to create a life full of health, passion, and purpose to be able to help others like her to reduce or eliminate the downstream effects on their body as a result of TMJ, cooked teeth, and/or missing teeth.
She is the founder of Balanced Health Through Nutrition LLC and is dedicated to educating her clients and working with them to create a customized nutrition and lifestyle design with the utmost empathy and compassion for their unique challenges.