Want to get rid of hormonal imbalance, lose the excess fat, regain your metabolism, have healthy blood circulation, get rid of bloating, constipation or other weird digestive issues then maybe it is time to revisit the health of your Liver.
Liver is both an organ and one of the largest glands in our body . It detoxifies various metabolites, it is involved in the synthesis of proteins and is also actively involved in the digestion process by producing biochemicals . As you can see in the picture, it is located next to the stomach, near the upper right portion of the abdomen.
Did you know that anything we eat and drink is first screened by the liver. It filters toxins, drugs, and many of our own hormones before allowing them into general circulation.
Many people damage their liver by oral drug overdose. If you are on any medication whatsoever , your top priority should be to take care of your Liver.
In fact, all of us should be extremely conscious of our Liver health. We are all exposed to environmental toxins whether it is through food supply or health devices, building materials, a minimal exposure to chemicals is enough to mess up our body’s detoxification system. So, whether you are a vegetarian or not, vegan or pescatarian, everyone should take care of their liver.
Tip no. 1
- DRINK WATER
Being a Nutrition coach and a Personal Trainer ,I interact with numerous clients day in and out ! I was surprised to find that 80% of the people don’t drink enough water. I personally love the taste of drinking water and any day prefer water over juice, soda or sparkling water .
I tell people that your very first and the most important thing that you can do to protect your Liver is to drink enough water. So friends, hydrate, hydrate and hydrate more often .
Think of it like this..You shower everyday don’t you? Well, now it is time for your Liver to take a shower and yes, it has to be done daily too. When you drink water, the Liver tissues are getting a cleanse along with getting rid of any toxin accumulation. This way your kidneys are able to function properly and your Liver gets to do its job of metabolizing its waste.
How much water should I drink?
A common question I hear each day…
Recommendation is 8 glasses of water. If you are already doing that there is no harm in going up to 9 glasses or 10. But do not and again DO NOT jump from 2 glasses of water a day to 10…Water consumption increases and decreases based on your activity level for that day ! For me, the day I do a high-intensity workout, my water consumption is almost a gallon, other days maybe not so much. When I travel, it reduces but I make up for it when reaching my destination. Listen to your body…mind-body connection is important and that is my next most important tip no.2
2.ESTABLISH A MIND-BODY CONNECTION along with a healthy MINDSET
This is my holistic approach to great health .
Your emotions and mind-set directly affect your health whether it is positively or negatively.
I can give you not 5 but 1500 tips to stay healthy and happy but if you do not believe in any of them, no matter how much you follow, let me tell you it ain’t working…
In my opinion BELIEF is an emotion and a very strong one. You got to believe like never before that everything will be alright and believe in your dedicated habits of excellence to reap the rewards for you. Unfortunately, our society is headed towards a no human connection due to technology and now a lack of mind-body connection is sad. What is the difference between us and robots ?
Find that connection friends. Live life and control your destiny.
Anger is a negative emotion that affects the Liver.
Channel your anger in a different direction, find the root cause of it , don’t target your loved ones with it, nor do I recommend you to keep it to yourself and bottle up that anger to become an outburst one day .
Ways to find mind-body connection:
- Find a quiet area in your home where you spend a few quiet moments each day to listen to yourself and self-evaluate.
- Live in the present ( I can write a book on this ) , feel the presence of your loved ones present around you, acknowledge them and sense the joy that surrounds you.
- Exercise ( a therapy for many ) , whatever form of exercise you enjoy, Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, Dance, Swimming, or just playing with your kids in the park.
- Believe in the magic of BELIEF ! It is a mind-set, isn’t it ?
All this is great but let us find out what are you feeding your body ? A healthy mind-set and a healthy body are equally important ! That is my next tip for you..
- FEED THE RIGHT FOOD TO YOUR BODY’s MOST ESSENTIAL ORGAN
Our liver metabolizes the macros Carbohydrates, fats and protein from the food we eat. We humans have thrived on eating varied and seasonal foods. If you still intake soda, processed foods , packaged foods, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, excessive sugary foods, too much restaurant food, refined carbs, red meat, excessive alcohol then it is time to make a lifestyle change, a behavioral change and start forming healthy habits.
Our Liver needs to remain healthy to convert fatty acids to triglycerides and release them into circulation.
It also helps maintain carbohydrate homeostasis also converting other sugars to glucose.
With protein intake, it deaminates amino acids, converting them into glucose derivatives and free nitrogen for excretion through the urine.
List of a few foods to consume for a healthy liver :
- Greens ( I love Spinach )
I would recommend as much home made food as possible. This way you are in control of what oil to use and the method of cooking involved. Till today , I pack my snacks and food along with my water bottle wherever I go. At times it is difficult especially when I travel to destinations internationally but I try my best to control what I feed my body. For times like that when there is not much you can do, make sure you are detoxing your liver with water, establishing that mind-body connection somehow, and supplementing with the best Liver health supplements in the market . How do you decide that ? Let me help you with this next tip.
- Supplement with Liver health that has Milk Thistle and Dandelion
Milk Thistle is a flowering herb that has phytochemicals with medicinal properties. Fruits and seeds of the milk-thistle plant are often used to treat liver and bile duct ailments. It has an antioxidant called ‘silymarin’ that protects against cell damage. Milk Thistle is known to help heal
- Fatty liver disease
It is normal for our Liver to have some fat but anytime the fat content in the liver goes over 5-10% then you have a fatty liver. Liver is the only organ in our body that self-repairs itself by rebuilding new cells to replace the damaged ones, too much fat can interrupt this process. Supplementing daily with Liver Support supplement is recommended along with lifestyle modifications. Fatty Liver disease can occur in people with too much alcohol consumption or without.
If the fatty liver disease is not taken care of it can lead to scarring of the tissues called Cirrhosis of the liver.
Dandelion herb along with having antioxidant properties is also rich in Vitamin A, B, C and D . It also has minerals like iron, potassium, zinc, traces of calcium and manganese . Dandelion leaves can be used on salads or for juicing.
Dandelion extract helps
- Remove excess water from the body( highly beneficial for people suffering from Cirrhosis of the liver )
- Its salts help in the absorption of nutrients
Liver health supplement also needs to have turmeric extract as one of the ingredients. Turmeric is an ancient proven herb in India and has been used for generations for its medicinal properties as well as adding flavoring and color to foods.
Curcumin ( a turmeric extract) is fat soluble and helps heal fatty liver disease, gall bladder stones, improves brain function, avoids heart disease, prevents cancer
Any herb that benefits the Liver benefits all parts of the body.
Another wonderful ingredient in this supplement is ‘Citrus Bioflavonoids’ . It helps in the absorption of nutrients from food.
Milk Thistle and Dandelion are usually marketed together because of their known benefits to protect your liver from damage.
I am a vegetarian and I still take this supplement. We all have liver right, so let us help it function at its best!
Note: DO not give this supplement to children under 12 years of age
Consult with your Physician before taking Liver Supprt Supplement
If you are Diabetic, it can drop your blood sugar levels, again consult your physician !
Feel free to message me for more info on how to get these supplements or order LIVER SUPPORT now…
Cheers to great health !!