Keeping Your Liver Healthy

healthyIf I am being honest, I will have to admit that I don’t exactly think about the health of my liver very often. Even when I am sick or not feeling well, my thoughts don’t often turn to wondering whether my liver is ok, let alone what I could or should be doing in order to improve its health.

When you really think about it, the liver is not really mentioned much in terms of health and wellness, at least not compared to some of the other organs, even though the liver is pretty substantial both in size as well as in importance in relation to the overall health of your body. I recently came across an article that was posted by Everyday Health which discusses some important facts and information about the liver, as well as ways to keep it healthy and strong. Here is what I learned.

The liver is really incredibly important for your body, since it virtually single handedly processes all of the food and drink you consume once it enters your body. The liver has the power and the ability to either redistribute the nutrients from food and drink back out into certain areas of the body, or otherwise get rid of it as waste. You may also know that the liver is what processes alcohol when it enters your body, and that the liver can only process small amounts of alcohol at a time (which is why you may throw up after drinking too much – your liver literally cannot store it all!). This leads to some important points on how to maintain the health of your liver so it can keep your body going strong.

When it comes to your diet, it is important to remember that everything you eat ends up in the liver at some point, so it is important that you choose to consume foods that are high in nutritional value. Plant-based foods that are high in protein are some of the best foods you can eat, and your liver will thank you for it. This is because natural and whole foods such as legumes, beans, and whole grains are relatively easily processed in the body, so they can release adequate amounts of nutrition. 

Since the liver is so important, it is especially crucial that you watch for any signs that your liver may be in distress. Fatigue, nausea, changes in urine, or a yellowing in the eyes are all signs that your liver may be struggling, so be sure to see a doctor right away if you notice these symptoms. 

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