Take care of your liver in order to take care of your whole body

By on March 25, 2013

NaturalNews) You liver is a true natural miracle, but many people are unaware of  what the liver does and why it is important to your health. The liver is your  largest solid organ and has a unique ability to regenerate its entire mass from  just 25 percent of its original healthy self. It helps you digest food, absorb  nutrients and neutralize and remove toxic compounds from the body. Its overall  health is indicative of your overall level of health – which means it’s  definitely worth taking care of.
Unfortunately, the liver comes under  fire from all angles these days – from extra salt and sugar hidden in foods, to  excessive drinking to toxic compounds in food and water – and with over one in  three people in the U.S. officially obese (According to the CDC – Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention), and 75 percent of obese people being  afflicted with some form of Fatty Liver Disease, the figures are astronomical –  tens of millions is the conservative estimate.
Thankfully, the liver is  tough as nails and with some simple advice and some natural supplementation, it  is very easy to prevent many types of liver disease, and also to reverse any  damage already done.

Lifestyle changes

Exercise: Activity levels directly affect the  function of the liver. When you increase your heart rate, more blood is pumped  around the body and this enables the liver to clean toxins from your system.  Exercise also burns calories, which stops them from being stored in the body and  creating a fatty liver.
Alcohol: Too much booze can lead to Fatty Liver Disease, Hepatitis and Cirrhosis. All  blood passes from the stomach to the liver, so the liver has the highest  exposure to alcohol when consumed. The liver can only process so much alcohol  each hour, after which your blood alcohol level rises. A good way to help  balance the strain on your liver is to drink an equivalent amount of water for  any alcohol you drink.
Food: Whole foods are key – they are far  easier than processed foods for the liver to break down, don’t contain nearly  the amount of toxins and foreign compounds and will provide you with the energy  and nutrition you need to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Avoid anything with  high fructose corn syrup like the plague, it has been directly linked to liver  disease and Type II  diabetes.
Sodium: Salt is hidden in everything these days, eating  whole foods and using salt sparingly will help your liver to no end.

Liver-protective supplements

Milk thistle (Silybum  Marianum)
The roots of the milk thistle are a traditional food and  contain the compound “Silymarin” which works by helping increase blood flow and  bile in the liver, meaning it can function more efficiently – getting rid of  toxins faster and putting the liver through less strain.
Artichoke  (Cynara Cardunculus)
The globe artichoke has been known to boost  digestion for centuries, thanks to its active compound “Cynarin.” Its effects  are similar to those of milk thistle, increasing blood flow and bile – it also  increases available digestive enzymes, which means the liver has less work to do  when filtering bile for nutrients and vitamins.
Reishi (Ganoderma  Lucidum)
A potent medicinal mushroom, reishi has a profound effect on  many areas of general health, particularly the  liver. It has long been known to be Hepato-protective, and by taking before an  event at which you know you might overdo things, you can avoid the worst of the  effects. It is also a known hangover cure thanks to its ability to neutralize  toxins left in the liver after drinking to excess, indeed it works faster and  more effectively than a morning after pain-killer.
Your liver exists to  protect your health. It does this so well that most of the time, we are unaware  of the amazing job it is doing. So, try to implement a few of these ideas to  help your liver through these difficult times.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039621_liver_detox_health_cleansing.html#ixzz2OX6yWd1s

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