Condition Supplements - Liver Health
You might not give your liver much thought, but it has a very important role to play as part of your digestive system. In fact, everything you consume – whether food, drink or medicine – passes through your liver.
The liver has over 500 functions – far too many to list here. But some of the most important ones are:
- Providing energy for your body
- Regulating hormones
- Clotting blood
- Fighting infections
- Cleansing from toxins
- Metabolizing fat
When it comes to detoxifying your body, your liver is actually one of the most important organs involved. The fat-soluble toxins you consume are turned into water-soluble toxins by your liver, so they are flushed out rather than being absorbed into your body’s cells and tissue.
However, if you consume too many toxins your liver will be working so hard to remove them that it doesn’t have the capacity to continue all the other important processes it is supposed to do.
You need to take good care of it so it can keep doing all of its jobs.
Looking after your liver
Keeping your liver healthy isn’t rocket science, but it does require some commitment to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. Consuming high volumes of fatty food or alcohol, for example, can lead to liver disease and weight gain.
To keep your lifestyle liver-friendly you should:
Avoid too much alcohol: High alcohol consumption can cause damage to liver cells and lead to life-threatening cirrhosis.So how much should you limit your alcohol intake?
U.S. government guidelines currently advise no more than two drinks each day for men and just one for women.
Eat a balanced diet: Aim to eat foods from all the main food groups every day: dairy, protein, grains, fats, fruits, and vegetables. Be sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods too, including whole grain cereals, rice and bread.
Exercise regularly: Exercise helps keep your weight under control, which makes it easier for your liver to function properly. Specifically, it reduces your chances of developing the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Take medicine with caution: If you’re taking drugs to keep your cholesterol levels under control, be aware that some medicines may cause liver problems as a side effect. You can also damage your liver if you take too much of the painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check the labels of things like cough medicines and any pain medicines so you’re aware of how much acetaminophen you’re ingesting.
Avoid contact with toxins: Toxins can enter your body through inhalation or contact with skin. Be careful with aerosols, cleaning products and insecticides which contain chemicals that may harm your liver – wear a mask and/or gloves when using them to protect yourself from these toxins. If you smoke, you’re voluntarily inhaling toxins that will damage your liver.
Drink coffee: Although we’re unsure of the reasons why it’s been shown that drinking coffee can lower your risk of liver disease. Coffee lovers may want to keep an eye on further results as they are published!
Take supplements for liver health: In our online store, you’ll find a wide range of supplements and natural medicines which can help detoxify your liver and improve the way it functions. Take a look now and start giving your liver the TLC it deserves!