HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR LIVER?
Let me begin by asking this question, which organ in the human body is the largest solid organ? From the title of this piece, I guess you already know the answer. The liver weighs around 1.36kg in adulthood and is roughly the size of a football. This organ is vital to the body’s metabolic functions and immune system. Without a functioning liver, a person cannot survive. The liver’s position is mostly in the right upper portion of the stomach, just below the diaphragm. A portion of the liver goes into the left upper abdomen as well
WHY YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR LIVER HEALTHY
The liver is the body's natural detoxifier, as it cleanses the body of toxins and produces bile to support healthy digestion. A healthy liver can detoxify almost everything that a person encounters. When the liver is diseased, the body cannot filter out toxic substances as efficiently. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
Itching , yellow jaundiced skin, welling, blood vessel problems, gallstones, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea
The liver accumulates toxins during the filtering process. These toxins can cause a range of nonspecific symptoms and may even cause serious diseases or increase the risk of cancer. Over time also, exposure to chemicals can damage the liver. For example, drinking alcohol is a well-known way to ruin liver function over time. So, in order to keep your liver in a good working condition, you need to detoxify it. In most cases, a liver detox involves one or more of the following:
• taking supplements designed to flush toxins out of the liver
• eating a liver-friendly diet
• avoiding certain foods
• going on a juice fast
• cleansing the colon and gut through the use of enemas
A healthy liver naturally cleanses itself. A person with liver disease needs proper medical treatment and may require lifestyle or dietary changes. Certain herbs have been shown to have the ability to detoxify organs like the liver. Lets have a review of some these liver cleansing herbs:
This humble weed, often hacked to bits by lawn care workers, is a liver cleanser that has been celebrated throughout the ages. Dandelion root stimulates bile flow from the liver, and is often used by herbalists to help fight fatty liver, cirrhosis, estrogen dominance, and even acne.
This yellow root, a cousin of ginger, is a powerful liver protector and even liver cell regenerator. It not only helps stimulate enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins (including known carcinogens) from the body, but research has found out that turmeric is capable of combating the effects of carcinogens.
Garlic contains sulfur compounds which are responsible for its distinctive smell and for promoting liver health. They stimulate liver enzymes responsible for detoxification and have antioxidants called flavonoids which can both block and suppress the function of free radicals. Besides this garlic has the ability to reduce alcohol-related liver damage (alcoholic steatohepatitis).
The skin of apples contains high levels of pectin, which helps to cleanse the digestive tract. This makes your liver’s job much easier.
Green tea has been found to have so many healing properties; you should find ways to drink a couple of cups of this super antioxidant tea every single day. One of these antioxidants, called catechins, is found only in green tea and will prevent your liver from storing fat. This will help your liver work more efficiently.
Avocados are full of healthy fat, which helps to remove harmful toxins in the liver. It will also add that super healthy antioxidant glutathione to your body, which is really bad news for toxins in your body, but good news for your health, and the health of your liver.
This sweet smelling herb does a whole lot more than just freshen your breath– it also relaxes the bile ducts and stimulates bile production. Peppermint also reduces bad cholesterol in the blood, which will ease the load on your liver. This herb will also calm the stomach for improved digestion, and inhibit any blockages in the gallbladder and/or kidneys.
Ginger is a potent disease fighting spice that works to boost your metabolism, flush out waste and toxins, protect the liver, and boost its function. Ginger is especially helpful to anyone with excess exposure to toxins.
Walnuts are a good source of liver detoxifying glutathione. Walnuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid arginine which supports natural liver cleansing.
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So, how healthy is your liver ?