My husband spent many of his young years on fishing boats in Alaska. The life of a professional fisherman is not easy. They labored 18 to 22 hours each day, on their feet, and they would be out on the boat for as much as a month at a time. It was a hard life, made for real men, but it also made for toe fungus. Wearing the same shoes, and often running out of socks, feet got wet and stayed wet. Soon, white nails began to grow as the fungus grew stronger.

Toe fungus is not one of these things that just goes away if you ignore it, but people try. James and I got married a few years later; I took one look at his toenails and was determined to get rid of it. So I found some natural remedies and gave them to him, but he was used to having the fungus and not very concerned about it at first. You won’t get rid of any ailment without consistency.

After a few years the fungus annoyed him enough that he wanted to be rid of it, so he went to the doctor and got some medicine. It seemed to work: three months of taking the medicine and the fungus was almost gone. The medicine ran out, but he figured if he kept his feet clean and dry, all would be well.

Wrong! The fungus came back with a vengeance. He got more medicine. It worked not quite as well as the first time, and worse, the moment he stopped taking it, the fungus returned stronger than ever. Worse still, he constantly seemed stressed out, grouchy and sometimes even angry.

I knew that this was not him and there was something wrong, so I started to research. I knew that certain medications adversely affect the liver, but I did not know that anti-fungals like Ketoconazole and anti-TB medicines like Rifampicin and Pyrazinamide topped the list of liver killers. I knew James was in trouble. I needed to know how bad he was and what I could do to help him, so I researched the symptoms of liver problems.

Here are a few of the symptoms: constipation, chronic gastritis, morning sickness, hepatitis, cirrhosis, Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver), a yellowish tinge about the eyes and dark yellow urine, anemia, nausea, light colored stools, irritable bowels or irregular bowel movements, swelling under the right lower ribs, painful breathing, curved and whitish look of nails, nose bleeding, and easy bruising (caused by protein deficiency), and also frequent headaches, dizziness, spasms, irritability, depression, anger, stress, PMS, hormonal problems, acne, skin rashes or skin problems, and unusual tiredness.

James showed many of these symptoms, so I started researching everything liver.

Did you know…

…that a fully grown liver is the size of a football and the biggest organ in the body?

…that many people live with less than three quarters of their liver working?

…that it is not only an organ but also the largest gland in the body?

Your liver is one of your body’s most crucial components. It is also the only organ that can rebuild itself. To rebuild a liver completely takes 18 to 24 months, because that is how long the liver cells live.

The liver has many functions: manufacturing proteins, synthesizing, storing, and processing (metabolizing) fats (used for energy), metabolizing and storing carbohydrates, which are used in blood that red blood cells and the brain use, forming and secreting bile, and absorbing vitamins A, D, E, and K. The liver also eliminates the potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body, and detoxifies drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins.

Everyone is different with detoxification, depending on what they eat and what they are around. People eating organic food and living a low chemical life will recover much faster than, say, a painter, or someone that has been on prescription medications with serious side effects. Life can quickly get bad when your liver is not working well, because your blood passes through your liver but does not get recharged properly. This can give you fatigue, toxemia, and chronic diseases. A healthy liver balances your body and enhances your quality of life. A bad liver can turn all the joy and excitement in life into impatience and anger. So how do you know when your liver-cleansing program is complete? Your skin will be more lustrous, your vision will be better, your skin will be free from red blotches and itchy spots, your brain will be clearer, and you’ll have more energy and a sense for tomorrow.

Regenerating the liver takes longer than detoxification. The detoxification will make you feel better, because it will give your liver the clean house it needs to start rebuilding. But beware: that’s just the beginning. Your liver needs to be nourished and well taken care of while it is rebuilding. Here are some things that help your liver along: eating nourishing and organic foods whenever you can, avoiding chemicals, drinking eight cups of water a day, taking nourishing anti-oxidants, and using blood purifying herbs and foods.

I researched herbs to find the perfect combination for my man to take. I made a tincture and he started taking it. Within a few days I could already see a difference. He was relaxed for the first time in months. I was so excited! I knew we had a long way to go, but we were well on our way to the old James.

One month later, he is still taking my homemade Liver Tincture and doing well. He plans to continue to take a dropper full (1/2 tsp) 3 to 5 times a day for 3 to 6 months, then a dropper full 1 to 2 times a day for 2 years.

Life is good, and living life with joy, excitement, and purpose makes it even better. Don’t give up if you are sick. Research, and enjoy the best quality of life you can.

For James’ toenail fungus, I am coming up with something great. I will let you guys in on it when I get it perfected.

The Liver Tincture contains: Indian gooseberry/amalaki, turmeric, ginger, dandelion leaf, licorice root, burdock root, milk thistle seed, hawthorn berries, ginseng root, astragalus root, and St. John’s wort.

The Liver Tincture is a combination of herbs that purify the blood, are rich in anti-oxidants, nourish the liver, help with liver enlargement, aid in rebuilding the liver, ease the stress of detoxing on the body, level the hormones, stimulate the digestive system and more.

How to make it:

Fill a clean glass canning jar 2/3 full with dried herbs. Add vodka up to one inch from the top. Screw lid on tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Shake 3-7 times a week. The tincture needs to sit at least 2-6 weeks. Strain tincture and pour into a colored glass bottle, closing the lid tightly. Alcohol tinctures will last 2-3 years. Tinctures need to be kept in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet. Why use vodka? Water rolls off the liver where alcohol goes straight to it, bringing the herb with it.

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