A Healthy Liver: The Definition of Wellness
A healthy liver is key to a lifetime of wellness.
I am often asked why I choose to focus on the liver and what's so important about a healthy liver over a healthy heart or other organs?
Your liver performs over 500 different functions. The thousands of enzyme systems that control the body activity
are created in the liver.
Liver congestion and stagnation are very common problems, and symptoms of liver problems usually
show up long before liver function tests show abnormal enzyme levels in the blood.
A healthy liver helps fight infections; cleanses your blood; stores vitamins and minerals;
regulates hormones; and controls cholesterol levels. Your liver also assist with
digestion, metabolism, and stores
energy for when you need it.
Your overall health and vitality, to a great extent, depends upon the health of your liver. Those other important organs are not going to function well if the liver is not doing it's job properly.
One of the most amazing abilities of a healthy liver is the ability to grow back, or regenerate, when it
If your liver can't do its job, or regenerate after an injury....
your life could be in danger!
What would cause your liver to become stagnant and congested? Do any of these apply to you?
- Consuming a poor diet
- Consuming foods with additives, colorings, and preservatives
- Exposure to pesticides, chemicals, and pollution
- Smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke regularly
- Taking over-the-counter medications
- Taking prescription medications
- Abusing alcohol
- Illicit drug use
- Stress and anxiety
Facts About the Liver
The liver weighs about three and one half pounds (1.6 kilograms), and is located just below the diaphragm,
primarily in the upper right part of the abdomen, mostly under the ribs. It also extends across the middle
of the upper abdomen and part way into the left upper abdomen. The liver is the largest organ in the body.
While studying to become a nutritional consultant I discovered the importance of the liver. I
soon realized that
many people, including me at the time, are not aware of how important healthy liver function is to their quality of
It was at that point that I began doing serious research on the liver. What I came to realize is....
we abuse our livers on a daily basis, we really just take our poor livers for granted!
Did you know that everything you:
- take in through your mouth
- breathe in through your nose
- and absorb through your skin
increases the workload for your liver?
When your liver is toxic or damaged it can't remove toxins, which will then build up in your
eventually, your brain.
A toxic liver is going to leave you vulnerable to the following issues :
- Degenerative diseases
- Auto-immune disorders
- Diseases of the eyes and poor vision
- Digestive problems
- Menopause and PMS
- Impaired libido
- Skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema
- Low energy levels
- Weight problems and low metabolism
Poor liver function
also affects your mental health causing problems such as these:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Excessive anger
- ADHD and ADD
- Parkinson's disease
Basically, your liver is like a processing plant. It sorts the nutrients and harmful substances,
delivers the nutrients to your cells, and eliminates the harmful substances from
Two of the most harmful substances, to your liver, are drugs and alcohol. You should be
aware that there are many medications that list liver damage as a potential "side effect".
Now I'm not saying that everyone who takes medications and drinks alcohol regularly over several years ends up
with irreversible liver damage. Genetics and lifestyle changes can help prevent
serious liver damage despite
the drugs and alcohol, but you should be aware that any amount of these substances can and do heap
stress onto your liver.
You can go to the liver checklist
page to view various symptoms of liver problems.
Healthy Liver, Healthy Diet
One of the goals of Liverguru.com is to help you make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle that support your liver health.
Making changes in your diet can be stressful. Just hearing the word diet makes me want to start eating more!
Cravings for certain comfort foods, that we develop throughout our lives, are very powerful and can be difficult to overcome.
Diet plans cause us to feel deprived. Deprivation is not really the answer to our health problems, but our bodies shouldn't be treated as garbage cans either.
Instead of living to eat, we really do need to work towards eating to live.
Here are a few suggestions to help you along the way:
- Eat slowly so you can truly enjoy your food. Eating slowly gradually reduces your appetite
right from the time you start to eat. Eating fast is strongly associated with obesity.
- Control your portion size. Get a smaller plate if you need to, just don't overeat.
- Don't obsess over measuring calories and ignore the bathroom scales. Weight
loss will happen hand-in-hand with the improvement in your liver function, so don't stress!
- Cook at home. It may take more time and planning, but your health is worth it.
- Practice self-discipline. If you overeat or eat the wrong foods one day, just eat light and
healthy the next day to make up for it.
Be sure to check out the twelve healthy liver guidelines to help you enhance your liver health and function. They aren't complicated, and, no special diet programs to follow.
The changes in your diet and lifestyle may also benefit your digestive system by eliminating many of your digestive problems such as, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating and other digestive issues.
Healthy Liver, Higher Energy!
Did you know? Poor liver function causes low
liver is all about detoxifying your body and this detoxification
uses up over eighty percent of the amount of energy your body devotes to
making new molecules.
Your energy production each day is used primarily for digestion and
getting rid of waste products from your body. Your liver is key in performing these duties.
When you put garbage in your body, or when you overeat,
most of your energy is expended getting
the garbage back out of your body, and, trying to store that excess food!
Low energy levels are often a direct result of liver overload from an intake of
excess toxins, or any excessive amounts of food (healthy or otherwise), which the liver cannot
If you want consistently higher energy levels without constant fatigue, good liver
maintenance and reducing toxin
overload are essential.
Eating the right foods for energy is important, but remember that
no matter how healthy the food is that you are eating, it won't do
you any good if you
eat too much.
Supplement Your Liver
There are several herbs and supplements that have been shown to improve liver health.
The top of the list is Milk Thistle. Refer to the Supplementation page for more information on liver supporting supplements and their benefits to your health.
While supplementation can be extremely beneficial to your liver health and total body health, like everything else, there is no
need to over-do it. A few basic supplements will do most people.
Please continue to explore Liverguru.com to learn more about healthy liver function.
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