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An Understanding Of The Largest Gland: Liver

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Looking at the world we live, we can give our own description to it. And it’s either we will consider this a safe or not a safe place. Well, it depends upon the kind of environment you are situated right now. Are you living in a rural or urban area? Because your environment speaks about how risky your life is.

Imagine if you go to work daily and you get to inhale several pollutants. Pollutants may come in the form of gases. If you will be able to inhale such pollutants, the tendency is it will damage your respiratory system. And, as a solution to that, you will have your lungs checked. Imagine the amount of money you will spend in order to cleanse your lungs again.

Your work place also speaks about how risky your health is. If you are working as a call center agent, for example, the tendency is you will be prone to graveyard shifts. Being nocturnal is not common to humans. Well, there are animals that are nocturnal by nature, but humans per se should be sleeping at night and awake at daytime. Because of this working condition, health is sacrificed.

Another thing is if you are prone to eating different kinds of foods. You will read articles from this site about different kinds of foods and their health benefits. There are foods that are healthy and there are those that are not. And the way you eat also provides a hint about your health. You are what you eat.

And imagine your liver. The liver has so many functions in human body. It is the largest gland. In fact, if we are going to enumerate the different functions of liver in the body, we will be surprised how important it is. Well, to give you an idea, the liver detoxifies blood, stores vitamins and iron, converts sugar, produces bile, breaks down hemoglobin, and destroys old red blood cell. Looking at these benefits, you should be compelled to protecting your liver because it has something to do with your survival.

Since the liver cannot be seen by the naked eye because it is an internal organ, the best way to nourish this is by means of eating the right kinds of foods. The goal right now is to cleanse the liver in order for it to function normally according to what I have mentioned above. I will give you several foods right now that you might consider eating in order for your liver to be cleanse. Take note that cleansing your liver has so many benefits.

  • Alternative grains. These foods rich in gluten increases the load on the detox’s function.
  • Asparagus. This is a great aid in the cleansing process.
  • Avocados. By helping in the production of Glutathione, this food contributes a lot to the functioning of the liver.
  • Beets and carrots. These are high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, aside from Glutathione. By eating these foods, the overall function of the liver is improved.
  • Cabbage. ITCs or isothiocyanates is responsible for the flushing out of toxins by the liver enzyme.
  • Citrus fruits. You will get a lot of vitamin C from citrus foods that increases liver function.
  • Cruciferous vegetables. Glucosinolate is increased by eating this kind of food necessary for the flushing out of carcinogens and other toxins.
  • Dandelion. By making dandelion tea, it breaks down fats, producing amino acid.
  • Garlic. Because of its sulphur content, garlic is responsible for the activation of enzymes not to mention its large amount of allicin and selenium for liver cleansing.
  • Grapefruit. Aside from Glutathione, grapefruits are high in vitamin C and antioxidants for the natural cleansing power of the liver.
  • Green leafy vegetables. Chlorophylls are high in green leafy vegetables which is an indication that this food is responsible for absorption of environmental toxin, increasing bile production, etc.
  • Green tea. Catechins in green tea is a plant antioxidant that assists liver functions.
  • Olive oil. This serves as support for the liver necessary for sucking up harmful toxins.
  • Spinach. This is another great source of Glutathione.
  • Tomatoes. Another food that is high in Glutathione is tomato and is regarded as a great detoxifier. Its Lycopene is responsible for protecting us from lung, breast, and skin cancer.
  • Turmeric. This helps boost the liver’s detoxifying capacity by assisting the enzymes.
  • Walnuts. Aside from Glutathione, walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids, and amino acid arginine that aids the liver in its cleansing.

Keeping your liver healthy means a lot to you. The foods mentioned above can help you do that. And, as an addition to that, I have included some of the things that you need to do in order to have a healthy liver. It’s a matter of looking at your lifestyle. And may this become a checklist for you to have an honest and careful self-evaluation of how you live your life.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol. If you do this, you are sacrificing your liver cells which can lead to a serious disease called cirrhosis. Look at the way you drink. Well, drink moderately. If you cannot stop this instantly, do this little by little. There is nothing to lose if you will discipline yourself on this. Now that you have an idea about its harmful effect, it’s about time to have a slight or gradual change of lifestyle.

Avoid hepatitis. Hepatitis of different kinds hurt your liver. By now, you should know how to avoid this disease in order to protect your liver.

Be careful when taking medicine. There are medicines that can damage your liver. You need to be careful. To mention one, pain killer is dangerous. If you are not so sure about this, you may ask your doctor.

Be careful with dietary supplements. There are dietary supplements that are harmful to the liver. As much as possible, avoid them. If you can do dieting in a natural way, it is better.

Coffee is good to the liver. Study shows that drinking coffee lowers the risk in having liver diseases. Drink coffee with precaution.

Don’t breathe chemicals. As much as possible, avoid breathing in chemicals. If you live in a risky environment, wear a mask to protect your nose and avoid breathing in harmful chemicals. One common chemical that you need to avoid because of its hazard to the liver is additive from cigarettes.

Eat healthy. The foods that you eat contribute a lot to the condition of your liver. I have mentioned above several foods that you need to eat. If you notice, most of them provide Glutathione. This is because it is needed by the liver. Eat healthy. You can choose from the foods mentioned above the kind of food that you will eat. Well, you can eat delicious foods without hurting your liver.

Exercise regularly. By doing exercise, you are in the process of detoxifying. Also, you will get to release toxins and avoid nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This can lead to a serious cirrhosis.

There are so many ways to protect your liver. As what I have said, it’s a matter of adjusting your lifestyle. You should be particular with what you eat and do because these are great contributors to your health. If you will just consider the discomfort that you will experience once your liver malfunctions, you will be obliged to change your habit. And Mayo Clinic has listed several signs and symptoms of liver problems.

  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark urine color
  • Pale stool color, or bloody or tar-colored stool
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tendency to bruise easily

If you happen to experience persistency on one or two of the following, you must do something about. Go to your doctor so that you will be checked and diagnosed regarding your condition.

Do not wait for the time when what you need to do is curing for your liver disease. While you still have the chance to maintain a good and healthy lifestyle, do it.

Liver problems at an early stage can easily be cured as long as you will cooperate with your doctor. When you seek medical help, you might be obliged to eat the foods that are written above. Aside from that, you will also be forced to change your lifestyle and avoid risky environment.

By protecting your liver, you will be able to protect your future. Imagine if you will live with a healthy liver. Imagine the tasks that you can accomplish. Imagine the time you can spend with your family. Imagine the life that you are going to enjoy because you are not complaining about your organ. Take note that when your liver malfunctions, several organs of the body will have the tendency to malfunction as well

So, as a final word, do something worthwhile in order to protect your liver. Prevention is better that cure, an old saying goes. Act now.

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