How to Keep the Liver Healthy

The liver is a critical part of the body. After skin, it is the second largest organ, performing various activities such as filtering the blood of poisons, storing essential nutrients and vitamins, regulating hormones and producing bile for proper digestion ... among 200 other functions. The health of a person vitally depends on the health of the liver.

With a poorly functioning liver, the various poisons, dead cells and garbage in our blood is not properly filtered. It's a long, slow spiral of worsening health, starting with lethargy and the constant suffering of having a head cold, flu and allergies. Symptoms also include Indigestion, irritability due to improper hormone levels, and either sudden weight loss or weight gain. This can go on for years.

As your liver deteriorates further, your skin will itch, and you will bruise easily, due to the reduction of blood clotting agents. Your skin will begin to turn yellow (jaundice) due to an excess billirubin, a waste product of red blood cells.

As the end nears, there will be painful, crippling swelling due to fluid accumulation and internal bleeding. Finally, you will slip into a coma as your major organs begin to shut down, and death soon follows.

The good news is that you'll rarely reach this point, as by then your doctor will refer you to a hepatologist, who will begin to treat you. The bad news is that a lot of these symptoms don't appear until your liver is permanently damaged due to cirrhosis (or scarring). Years of lethargy or other ailments are often seen as just "getting older."

The following steps will help in keeping your liver naturally in good health:

Diet Detoxification

Yes, your liver exists to detoxify your body. However, eating fatty food, junk food and alcohol over many years will strain your liver to the limit. Fruits and vegetables have natural detoxifying abilities. To give your liver a break and boost its health, concentrate on carrots, green leafy vegetables, green tea, beets, lemon, dandelion tea, and garlic. There are also daily herbal supplements like Liver Active that are purported to help.

Adding these (and others - here's a larger list) to your usual diet will give you a boost in natural antioxidants, aids in digestion and helps flush toxins. Eating right will also help all other areas of your body.

Sweat and Stay in Shape

Exercise is undertaken not only to keep the external body fit, but also to ensure mental health as well. Sweat and getting the blood flowing helps in getting rid of the extra fat that is accumulated in the body. This takes a bit of burden off of the liver.

Less fat in the body gives the liver less to filter and clean. It also helps prevent fatty liver disease, which is an excess of fatty cells in the liver. A sudden shift from an active to a sedentary lifestyle has been shown to dramatically increase this life-threatening condition in obese rats who were given access to a running wheel, then had it locked after a few months. In the study, signs of fatty liver appeared after only seven days.

Water is the Savior (Not Alcohol)

Drinking plenty of water will ensure healthy skin, but how does it happen? The reason is enough fluids for circulation. Liver needs water for circulation; if our bodies are well hydrated, the kidneys will not need to work as hard to purify the "used" water already inside our body. The liver can thus operate at peak condition, keeping the body clean and your skin glowing.

Alcohol, of course, is a poison, and the way the poison interacts with your brain is what makes it so appealing. However, your liver works overtime to flush your system. Over many years, over-consumption of alcohol can cause liver damage in the form of a fatty liver. Continuing consumption will lead to cirrhosis and/or liver cancer.

Beauty Sleep

Proper sleep is not only necessary for your health, it may be even more important to your liver. A study found a link between lack of sleep and disturbed circadian rhythms (your biological clock that lets you know when to sleep and when to wake) affects the way your liver functions. When you sleep, the liver cells, at least in mice, have been shown to produce less fat. During the day, when awake, fat production returns to normal.

This could be why shift workers, insomniacs and those with constant disrupted sleep patterns are more at risk for diabetes, metabolic disorders, increased susceptibility to disease and weight gain. The liver produces fat cells all the time, rather than only during normal waking hours. Put simply, proper sleep means a leaner body.  

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