Did you know that your hard working liver is one of the most important organs in your entire body and has a big job to do in trying to keep you healthy? It’s true!
Your liver weighs approximately three pounds, is roughly about the size of a football and lies just below the rib cage on your right side. Its large size (it’s the largest organ after skin) is in direct proportion to its role in such things as digestion, filtering harmful toxins from your body, absorbing nutrients and other critical functions necessary to your health and overall well being.
If your liver isn’t healthy, you are going to experience health problems. It isn’t a question of IF – it’s a question of when and what kind of problems. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. If your liver isn’t in good health, you won’t be either. It’s just that simple.
So, you should learn to love your liver and be proactive in keeping it in good working order, in order for it to help you enjoy a life of glowing good health and boundless energy.
Eating for a Healthy Liver
Based on research conducted by the American Liver Foundation, eating a healthy diet is conducive to liver health.
Here are some examples of nutritious foods known to promote a healthy liver:
- Eat foods that are high in fiber, such as vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grain breads, rice, cereals and dried beans.
- Eat adequate portions of foods from all of the recommended food groups, including dairy, meat, fats, grains, fruits, vegetables and protein.
The old saying “You are what you eat” aptly applies to your liver. Eating a fatty diet for many years and you could find yourself with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which has a host of unpleasant symptoms you would probably prefer to avoid.
Lifestyle also plays a key part in the health of your liver.
Your Lifestyle and Your Liver
The modern lifestyle most of us live contributes to developing an unhealthy liver.
There are certain lifestyle practices and habits that are almost guaranteed to damage the health and efficiency of your liver, predisposing you to disease and illness. If you want to live a long and gloriously healthy life, keeping your liver up to par should be a top priority.
Here are some lifestyle causes for poor liver health:
- Poor Diet – If you grab a lot of your meals on the go—getting a burger and fries from a drive through window at a fast food place and calling it lunch or dinner, for example—you are not getting the proper nutrition your liver needs to maintain its good health and yours.
- Excess Alcohol – People who drink too much alcohol are subjecting their livers to the worst form of abuse. You don’t have to drink to excess every day. Even weekend binge drinking can greatly compromise the health and function of your liver.
- Contaminated Needles – The surge in popularity of tattoos has seen a corresponding increase in Hepatitis C, a disease of the liver. In some cases, the needles used for the tattoo process are not sterile and pass diseases such as Hepatitis C from one person to another. This is also true of recreational drug use involving needles shared by more than one person. You might compare it to a game of Russian Roulette – too risky!
It is essential to understand the important part the liver plays in your health and wellness. Love your liver and keep it healthy so that it can keep you healthy, too!