Posted by Nicole on March 10, 2014
you're occasionally enjoy a glass of wine, or just enjoy living, a
liver's a good friend to have. It's one of the largest organs in your
body, and handles a lot of the important functions that you need to
stay healthy. The most important of those functions is the filtration
of your blood to detoxify it. Without a healthy, functional liver,
you wouldn't be able to get nutrients from food, or get rid of the
toxins that you ingest on a daily basis. You'd accumulate loads of
negatives, and miss out on all of the positives that come with eating
note, alcohol can damage your liver. It's not the occasional drink
that does it, but repeated binge drinking sessions without proper
hydration can really take a toll on one of the most important
components your body's got.
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are also our chief defense against the dreaded hangover. It deals
with both the alcohol, and the chemical byproducts that ethanol
produces in our bloodstream. Unfortunately, without support, your
liver will essentially be doing “overtime,” working to both keep
your blood clean and dealing with this new onslaught of toxins.
best way to support your liver is to moderate how much you drink, of
course. If you think of your liver as a worker in an office, heavy
drinking just puts pile after pile of paperwork on its desk, to the
point where it may not get done in time. The employee gets stressed,
work quality goes down, and the whole office will suffer as a result.
are a few more tips you can follow to make sure your liver's a happy
it Milk Thistle
thistle promotes the growth of liver cells, and it staves off the
process of oxidation that can damage existing cells. It also
provides defenses against toxins in the membrane of the liver, which
means the liver itself will be protected from the very toxins it's
more active and watching your waist line means reducing the chances
of fat building up in your liver. Fat stores toxins, and it impairs
the natural function of the liver. Stay active; cardiovascular
fitness also means more blood flow to your liver, giving it the
supplies it needs to do its job.
can act as a net that goes through your digestive tract and takes
toxins and harmful deposits with it. The more fiber that you have in
your diet, the better it works. We're omnivores for a reason, after
all. Cut a few ounces from your steak and consider cruciferous
vegetables, as they can boost your liver's detoxing power.
note: If you're currently taking any medications, be sure to talk to
your doctor before you drink alcohol. Most will tell you up front not
to drink in some cases, because medications are filtered through your
liver. Stressing it with alcohol is a bad combination.