A Healthy Liver: Your Anti-Aging Tool!

A healthy liver should be every woman's top personal health priority.

Women are notorious for ignoring their health issues, because they are so busy worrying about everyone else in their lives.

Well ladies, Liverguru.com is here to help make it easier to maintain your health and beauty, and peace of mind, simply by improving your liver health.

Many women don't realize how much their total body health is affected by their liver health.

Do any of the following issues affect your quality of life?

  • PMS

  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Poor Libido
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin and Hair Problems
  • Low Iron Levels
  • Fatigue
  • Slow Metabolism and Weight Gain
  • Cellulite
  • Stress/Anxiety/Depression

These are just a few of the more common health problems, affecting women, that can be improved upon, or even eliminated, when you maintain healthy liver.


Healthy Liver, Metabolism, and Weight Loss

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If you are overweight, underweight, or somewhere in between, improving and maintaining healthy liver function will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Do you ever wish you could enhance your metabolism?!

Everything you do to improve your liver will also increase your metabolism!

Your liver also happens to be the production site of about eighty to eighty-five percent of T3, the metabolism-modulating thyroid hormone.

Research published in the International Journal of Obesity indicates that a toxic liver often leads to the accumulation of excess body fat, and even moderately obese people frequently suffer from liver dysfunction.

So, due to all of the facts linking excess body fat to an overworked liver, cleansing your liver and supporting your liver with high quality supplements could be your ticket to a new and improved metabolism!

Speaking of new and improved metabolism, I have a friend who recently made a commitment to herself to get healthy. For over 10 years this lady weighed between 200 and 300 pounds! Not any more!

In less than 6 months she has made amazing changes in her life physically, mentally, and emotionally. Check out her blog,

I Can Be Thin Again, to find out how this busy mother and school teacher accomplished this!


Healthy Liver and Exercise

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A high fat diet by itself does not cause fatty liver, but a high fat diet and a sedentary lifestyle can definitely lead to fatty liver disease.

There is evidence that exercise itself (with or without weight loss) can prevent and reverse fatty liver disease.

In a 2008 study, researchers gave obese rats access to voluntary running wheels for 16 weeks. Scientists then transitioned the rats to a sedentary lifestyle. After a week, the rats began showing signs of fatty liver disease. In the animals tested immediately at the end of 16 weeks of voluntary running, there were no signs of the disease.

Let me make one thing clear.....

when I say exercise, I'm not saying you have to go to a gym every day, or purchase some high dollar exercise equipment.

Just choose to do some form of physical activity for at least an hour each day, at least five days a week to improve liver health and overall health.

By the way, if you don't exercise, you won't be able to get rid of that most despised fatty skin disorder....

cellulite!

My personal favorite workout is running. It's great for cellulite and stress. I'm not a hard core marathon runner, but I do try to mix in a 3 to 4 mile workout a couple of days a week when I can.

To improve your health and liver condition, give running a try. To get started check out these beginner running tips. These will help you get started with running in no time.

It seems most women are most concerned about their "butt". It's also one of the most difficult parts of the body to keep toned and slim because that's where we carry our fat! Check out this page for several exercises and videos to help with that problem.


Healthy Liver and Healthy Skin

All of the choices you make to improve the health of your liver will also improve the health of your skin and hair.

Remember that the liver has to filter everything that goes into your body. If the liver is too congested to filter out all of the toxins, your skin and hair will show it.

Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or itchy skin are all symptoms of poor liver function.

Rosacea and acne can also be caused by an overworked liver.

As a teenager your liver is trying to regulate all of those raging hormones. Those hormones are a big cause of the acne we often experienced as teenagers.

Yes, even teenagers should strive for good liver health. Now if only I could convince my teenagers of that!

Unfortunately, teenagers are notorious for poor eating habits, but, as adults we know better.

If you are having issues with adult acne, try following the healthy liver guidelines, and eat foods that contribute to healthy skin. Those same foods will also contribute to a healthy liver.

A healthy liver is also your skin's anti-aging tool. Poor liver function will show on your skin as age spots, wrinkles, dark circle under your eyes, and sagging skin.

When choosing anti-aging skin care products be sure you choose products that contain natural ingredients, and not chemicals, such as parabens, which are considered carcinogenic and can be absorbed into your bloodstream for your liver to deal with.

How your skin ages and what anti-aging skin care treatment you require is determined by your genes (intrinsic) and by various environmental factors (extrinsic) such as sun, stress or smoking.



Healthy Liver and Osteoporosis

Researchers have discovered that there is a link between liver disease and osteoporosis.

The severity of a person's liver disease is directly proportional to a decrease in bone mass, therefore; the reverse must also be true.

In other words maintaining a healthy liver also positively impacts bone health!

Another thing that is important to remember is that it is always best if you can get most of your daily calcium intake from your diet rather than supplements.

An article on Fox News Health stated that a preliminary study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine suggests dietary calcium may be better at protecting bone health.

The study found that women who get most of their daily calcium from food have healthier bones and higher bone density than women whose calcium comes mainly from supplemental tablets.

That was true even though the supplement-takers had higher average levels of calcium.

Calcium from dietary sources is generally better absorbed than that from supplements, which could help explain the difference, said the study's lead author, Dr. Reina Armamento-Villareal.

Those getting calcium from foods also had more estrogen in their bodies; the hormone is needed to maintain bone mineral density. Researchers can't yet explain the food-estrogen connection.

My suggestion......

get most of your calcium from your food, then if you are concerned it's not enough use a calcium supplement for backup.

It is most important that you make sure you are taking a calcium supplement that is high quality and well absorbed.

If you're physician has advised you to take a calcium supplement then I would recommend you discuss your concerns with him/her before you stop taking your calcium supplement.


Healthy Liver, PMS, and Menopause

Impaired liver function can lead to PMS and then, later in life, to problems with menopause symptoms.

Your liver regulates your hormone levels so if your liver is overworked your body will have to deal with the excess estrogen.

Too much estrogen in the body has been linked to increased risk of gallbladder disease; blood clots; high blood pressure; hypoglycemia; breast, uterine, and vaginal cancers; mood swings; and food cravings.

Any of those symptoms sound familiar???

A distressed, unhealthy liver can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding or tumors.

Oh, and those monthly headaches and menopausal hot flashes experienced by so many women are also related to poor liver function.

Some of you may be shocked to read this but, menopause should be an special time in a woman's life, not something to dread!

There are women who actually breeze through menopause with little or no symptoms!

There are various supplements out there that may help ease menopausal symptoms. I will be updating you on some of these in future newsletters and website updates.

Please click on this link about PMS and liver function if you are experiencing problems with PMS.

If you are concerned about the symptoms of menopause, or you know women who are, you should click on this link to read about menopause and liver function.


Your Stress Level Affects Your Healthy Liver

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Stress is a serious problem when it comes to maintaining a healthy liver.

Most symptoms of stress are also signs that your liver isn't functioning as it should be which proves that stress keeps your liver functions from running smoothly.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the most important function of a healthy liver is to ensure the smooth flow of energy throughout the body, maintaining the health of all the body’s systems. When the liver becomes congested, pain, distress or diseases result.

Stress, poor diet, lack of physical activity or any other action that increases liver congestion allows toxins to spend more time there, increasing the potential for damage.

Since emotional stress is a prime factor in liver congestion, it is very important for all of us, and especially those with liver disease, to avoid stress whenever possible.

Stress can lead to more severe mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. As the liver becomes weaker from more stress, anxiety, and depression we add prescription drugs to help us deal with our emotional problems. This weakens the liver even more.

Often we drink more alcohol, smoke more cigarettes, eat more unhealthy foods, and stop exercising because we are so depressed or anxious.

As our once healthy liver becomes more congested and overworked, from all the damage we are doing, serious illnesses and disease can easily take over.

So....you see why it is so extremely important to healthy liver function for you to stop stressing and learn ways to relax when the struggles of everyday life seem to become overwhelming.

And now you ask, "How in the world am I going to do that!?!?"

Here is a list of ideas and relaxation techniques to incorporate into your healthy liver lifestyle to help you overcome the health-robbing effects of stress:

  • Be more assertive. It's your life to live. Deal with problems head on.

    Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them in both your personal and professional life.

    Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. If something or someone is bothering you, communicate your concerns in an open and respectful way. If you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build and the situation will likely remain the same.

  • Avoid certain situations such as being around people who stress you out, and discussing topics that annoy you.

    If someone consistently causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.

    If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list, or excuse yourself when they are topics of discussion.

  • Learn to forgive and be willing to compromise.

    Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Let go of anger and resentments.

    Free yourself from negative energy by forgiving and moving on.

    Learn the art of compromise. When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same.

  • Take control of your environment, manage your time better and shorten your to-do list.

    If the evening news makes you anxious, like it does me, turn the TV off.

    Poor time management can cause a lot of stress. Plan ahead so you aren't always running late and don't overextend yourself.

    Reorganize your to-do list. If you’ve got too much on your plate, drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

  • Make sure you are happy in your career. Is it time for a change? Many people are stressed because they aren't happy going to work at a job that they don't enjoy.

    If you have a hobby or passion you would like to turn into a business you can work from home or elsewhere, start researching and go for it. I did just that, and this website is the result!

    My commute to work each morning consist of walking from the bed to the coffeemaker and on to my desk. And because I'm working at a job I enjoy, my stress level has gone way down.

  • You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession.

    Sometimes the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are.

    Look for the upside. As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth.

    Share your feelings. Talk to a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist. Expressing what you’re going through can help even if there’s nothing you can do to alter the stressful situation.

  • Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to take care of your own needs.

    Set aside relaxation time; spend time with the positive people in your life who support and encourage you; do something that you enjoy each day no matter how insignificant it may seem; and most importantly, keep your sense of humor.

    Laugh at yourself and the crazy situations that arise in your life. Laughter is one of your best ways to combat stress. A healthy liver loves laughter.

  • Increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health.

    Be sure to exercise regularly. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Nothing beats aerobic exercise for releasing pent-up stress and tension. Personally, running releases some serious stress for me.

    Eat a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and veggies; nuts and seeds; whole grains; fish and seafood; and other foods high in omega 3 fats are excellent choices.

    Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary "highs" caffeine and sugar provide often end in with a crash in mood and energy.

    Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary.

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    Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress by causing you to think irrationally.

  • Relaxation for stress relief.

    Some forms of relaxation techniques you may want to check into are:

    1. Deep breathing
    2. Meditation
    3. Yoga
    4. Tai Chi
    5. Massage therapy


So, what are some simple ways to unwind, keep your wits about you, and still maintain that healthy liver? Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Go for a walk or a run.
  2. Spend time in nature hiking, picnicking, or just relaxing.
  3. Call or visit a good friend.
  4. Sweat out tension with a good workout.
  5. Write in your journal.
  6. Take a long bath, with scented candles and soft relaxing music.
  7. Light scented candles around the room
  8. Savor a warm cup of coffee or green or herbal tea.
  9. Play with a pet.
  10. Work in your garden.
  11. Get a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, or all three.
  12. Curl up in a quiet place with a good book, or these days you would curl up with your Kindle.
  13. Listen to relaxing music.
  14. Watch a comedy or an inspirational or spiritual movie.


You may have noticed many things that help with stress also maintain a healthy liver. For more in-depth information on dealing with emotional health issues, check out www.helpguide.org.

Please continue to explore Liverguru.com for more information about improving the health of your liver so you can.....

live well and live long.

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