Our liver is one of our most precious yet under-appreciated organs. It is far from being an organ that simply monitors our alcohol levels and dispels them from the body. The function of the liver actually spans over 500 vital functions. Its role can range from cleansing the blood to metabolizing fuel for the body. It regulates hormones and resists infection. The effectiveness of our liver is quite literally a matter of life and death. There are many reasons why our liver may not function as well as it should. We may have been unfortunate genetically and inherited a weaker liver. Or we may not have treated our liver well through our lifestyle choices such as a poor diet or excessive alcohol consumption. Whatever the reason, our liver is exceptionally resilient and can start reacting to positive changes right away. Changes to our liver can cause major changes to our overall health, whether positive or negative. It is never too early or late to begin making the choices that will support and improve our liver function. Try the liver-boosting tips below that you may never have heard of!
Pay Attention in The Home
You may not know it, but there are many areas of the home that can affect our liver function. Especially if we already have a weak or compromised liver. Rooms should always be well-ventilated. This is particularly true if areas have recently been painted. Paint can often contain substances that are harmful to breathe in. But they are usually easily eliminated by the liver. If our liver is already struggling, however, airborne chemicals from paint or cleaning fluids can be harmful. They are not eliminated as quickly or effectively and so their toxic properties can do more damage than normal. Keep windows open to allow air circulation or wear a mask when necessary. Investing in organic or natural cleaning products and sprays can be a wise decision, too. They are unlikely to be harmful when inhaled and so do not place unnecessary strain on the liver. We should always try to be wary of any potential toxic substances in the home and garden. But this is particularly important when we are trying to protect the health of our liver. We should also take steps to make our garden a more pleasant place to be as fresh air is an important part of liver function. Sitting out in the garden enables us to take in extra sunlight, oxygen, and Vitamin D. We are far more likely to spend time in our garden if it is well-kept. We needn’t undertake an entire remodeling or overhaul. But a few extra plants and comfy seating can instantly make it a more vibrant and inviting space.
When the liver is compromised, it can struggle to effectively eliminate toxins and harmful build-up in the body. Massage can help to improve our circulation and blood flow, supporting liver and heart function. Our heart and liver both ensure that the blood flow and circulation in our body is effective and constant. But they could often use a boost. Gentle exercise helps our circulation and oxygen levels. But it is not always practical if we are suffering from illness or just recovering. Massage can help perform some of the functions of exercise by waking up our muscles and tendons and helping to keep them supple. Massage has been shown to improve lymphatic and toxic drainage by stimulating better circulation. We can go to a professional for regular treatment, if we would like. Many massage professionals have experience helping to support recovery from injuries or illnesses. They may have special routines that promote the recovery of targeted organs like the liver or stomach. If a professional is not practical for us, whether because of time, travel, or financial reasons, we can take steps at home. We can gently massage our limbs in long, upward strokes towards the heart. This helps promote effective circulation and blood flow
Improve Your Nutrition
The connection between alcohol intake and liver function is well known. The liver functions to detoxify the blood during and after alcohol consumption. But because this is far from the liver’s only job, it can quickly become overwhelmed. Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to several serious conditions. Fatty liver, inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis, and even cancer can all be a result of excessive alcohol intake. But what about our diet? Effective nutrition and hydration also plays a key role in improving and maintaining the function of the liver. Green leafy vegetables, garlic, and beetroot are all especially effective in promoting liver function. We should aim to increase our intake of vegetables while limiting our intake of harmful fats and toxins. Oats and soybeans are both high in fiber but low in saturated fats. Wholegrains can help lower our cholesterol levels too which keeps the blood healthy and effective. Spinach, broccoli, and blueberries are all high in antioxidants. These can help protect cells, boost the immune system, and even slow the ageing problem. We should also ensure that we are drinking enough water throughout the day to support the elimination of toxins. Sugary drinks or drinks that are high in caffeine can put additional strain on our body. The liver, pancreas, and other organs must work hard to neutralize their effects.
If we are concerned about meeting the health recommendation of 5 servings of vegetables a day, consider juice. Vegetable juices can be a quick and convenient way to pack a powerful nutritious punch into a single drink. Unlike fruit juices, they are not high in sugars or acid. Making a fresh juice of mixed vegetables each morning can be a powerful natural medicine. It boosts our liver function and blood health. We may quickly see healthy results in our skin, hair, and stamina too. We can start with favorite vegetables like carrot, beetroot, and kale. Then experiment with other ingredients like pumpkin, spinach, and ginger. Pumpkin contains many essential vitamins and spinach is high in iron, for example. There is no better way to invest in the health of your liver than to ensure the fuel you provide is effective and nutritious.
Consider Innovative Treatments
The liver is an exceptionally complex organ. Progress is being made all the time into researching and understanding its needs and function. If we are hoping to improve our liver function or to reverse some previous damage, we should aim to keep up with developments. We can use information sourced from Poseida or other innovative programs in gene therapy, for example. A liver transplant has been a literal lifesaver for many. But there are many options and steps we can investigate before this becomes a necessity. With careful research, there may be natural therapies available to us. Organic remedies or supplements can often have impressive results. They can be combined with conventional medicine and treatment too. We should always seek advice and frank reviews of any treatment, conventional or otherwise. But many people are seeing dramatic results in their health through keeping an open mind towards newer therapies. Therapies might include exercises, dietary changes, supplements and more. We should investigate our options thoroughly and discuss our thoughts with trusted sources.
Immunization against liver diseases is a step that many of us forget to take. It is chiefly due to a misunderstanding of the function of the liver. It is still common belief that the liver only really monitors alcohol and that is the main toxin that it must eliminate. The reality is that we are at risk of contracting diseases that severely affect the liver. We are vulnerable both at home and abroad, but should be particularly vigilant when traveling. We should be immunized against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Contaminated water supplies or food can be a common cause of Hepatitis A. Hepatitis B is commonly spread through contact with bodily fluids and blood. We should also be aware that Hepatitis B can be contracted sexually. We can be exposed to Hepatitis B and C through tattooing and piercing processes also. Inadequate sterilization of equipment can be danger zones because of their contact with blood. Different regions and nations can have different regulations on what is counted as being at the risk of the client. You should ask your professional questions about the cleanliness and sterilization process. Do they use an autoclave, for example? How do they sterilize surfaces? What training have they received? Any reputable professional will be happy to put your mind at ease and feel more comfortable working on a client who is well informed. You should also be vigilant about hygiene warning signs such as not using gloves, or dirty, unprepared surfaces. There are many reliable, safe professionals in body modification but we should never knowingly put ourselves at risk. Always research widely and listen to your instincts if you feel uncomfortable. All forms of hepatitis are serious liver diseases that could severely affect our life and health. We should take steps to become immunized long before we put ourselves at risk.