Your Wellness Project Part 2 – Boosting your Liver!
Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body and does many, many essential jobs. It is the body’s chemical processing plant and filters everything that goes into your body. It also cleans the blood and produces an important digestive liquid called bile. Plus it stores energy in the form of a sugar called glycogen.
The liver is the second largest organ in the body, after the skin, and it has a special ability to repair itself under most circumstances. And to think that it does all of this unnoticed!
One of the fantastic things about the liver is that it can develop new cells and is very resilient. However we need to make sure we follow certain practices in order to maintain a healthy balance. When your liver gets damaged it cannot perform all of its important tasks, even though there may not be any obvious symptoms. There are specific liver blood tests that can indicate any liver inflammation, so it’s worth getting your liver health checked out. For example, high enzyme levels can indicate liver inflammation and high levels of bilirubin can indicate liver problems.
Here are my top tips in maintaining a good healthy liver:
- Stay Hydrated – essential to keep your liver healthy, and drink plenty of water. Also think about switching to green tea occasionally, or any herbal tea. Fennel tea is a great substitute.
- Drink a cup or two of coffee every day – Researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh both came to the same conclusion that drinking two cups of coffee a day can reduce your likelihood of liver cancer by a third.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables (such as spinach and kale), and orange and red items (such as oranges, beetroots and carrots).
- Keep your alcohol levels low.
- Avoid high-fat dairy products, processed food and food that contains fructose or sugar.
- Take herbal therapies, such as Milk Thistle (silymarin), Turmeric, Berberine and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
- Minimise any toxins and buy organic whenever you can.
- Check out your mercury levels and boost up your vitamin levels, especially vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid).
- Reduce any stress you have in your life.
- Check out your wheat sensitivity.
- Introduce fermented food into your diet, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.
- Identify any poisonous threats, such as environmental pesticides and industrial chemicals – glyphosate is your body’s enemy.
- Regular exercise is also key to a healthy liver. Moving your body in any shape or form will benefit your liver, as well as aerobic activity or high-intensity interval training.
Diet and exercise have the best effect on your liver health, and making long term changes that you can keep up is much better than losing weight quickly. It can be hard to change your lifestyle all in one go, so try making one small change at a time. My change for this week is to purchase organic fruit and veg from farmers markets, or a local producer. The next step for me is to change to a mediterranean diet, which has always been considered a good base to start from. I believe that a Greek diet is the best, which is rich in Omega 3 and helps to keep a healthy digestive transit.
Make sure you keep a healthy weight, eat in moderation and love your liver. ♥️
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