Blog Post - News, Views and Tips
It’s the second largest organ in the body (the skin being the largest) and we manage to bash it about on a daily basis with all the toxins that we eat, drink and absorb. Strangely though, we don’t normally give it a second thought. In this post I cover why I think we all should pay it a bit more attention.
Some or your liver’s main functions:
– Processes the foods you eat after digestion, repackaging them for the rest of the body to use.
– Produces Bile, allowing the emulsifying of fats and the absorption of Vitamin K.
– Breaks down toxins, like alcohol, ready for the body to remove.
– Is a significant part of your immune system.
– Produces nearly all the proteins that are required for blood clotting.
– Stores roughly 8 grams of sugar in the form of Glycogen that the body will use when you are either exercising or starving.
– Stores Vitamins A, D, B12 and K, plus the minerals Iron and Copper.
In fact your liver is such an effective chemical processing plant performing an amazing array of different functions, that it is so critical to your body’s survival that if it failed, you would die within 24 hours. Unfortunately, because of its functions, it is also prone to many diseases and easy to damage. Infections such as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, alcohol damage, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and damage by drugs including paracetamol, all take a major toll on the liver tissues and its performance.
Understandably then, when your liver isn’t functioning well, your whole body suffers. A looked after liver helps you feel glowing and full of life. Whilst a poorly treated one can cause you to suffer from poor digestion, abdominal bloating, nausea (especially after fatty foods), weight gain, constipation, bad breath and a coated tongue, depression, mood swings, unexplained allergies and fatigue.
Thankfully it has, to a point, the ability to regenerate and heal itself. So, try to love your liver and be nice to it. Allow it to repair damage by laying off alcohol for a few days every week and avoiding getting drunk when you do drink. Try to drink more water and critically don’t smoke, plus say no to recreational drugs. Clean up your diet by eating plenty of fruit and veg, exercise well and try to de-stress your life. You can also try giving your liver a helping hand by using a Milk Thistle supplement, as clinical trials appear to prove its supportive effect on the liver and its function.
The obvious conclusion here, is that if you can learn to love your liver and treat it well, it should repay you by keeping you healthier and happier for longer.