Did you know that your liver is one of your body’s most vital organs? It is responsible for many different functions that rid your body of toxins and give you energy throughout the day. For these reasons and more, it’s imperative that you prioritize liver health.
What Does Your Liver Do?
The liver has a few primary roles in regulating your health, including:
- Filtering toxins out of your bloodstream after you eat and drink and sending them out of your body via urine or stool
- Producing bile to break down fat, resulting in increased energy
- Stabilizing your body’s glucose levels
- Helping your small intestine absorb important vitamins
- Breaking down proteins from your diet to create amino acids
5 Tips for a Healthy Liver
Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Since your liver helps break down sugars and fats, having too much saturated fat or sugars in your diet can overwhelm your liver, resulting in an excess of fat within the organ. This is known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). If the excess fat causes the liver to become inflamed, this can lead to damaged liver cells and even liver scarring, both of which can limit or shut down liver function altogether.
Moderate Your Alcohol Intake
As mentioned above, one primary function of your liver is filtering toxins from the food you eat out of your bloodstream. Your body recognizes alcohol as a toxin. If too much alcohol is consumed, your liver will use the majority of its energy for that filtering process. When this excess consumption happens too regularly, your liver can become overwhelmed and even damaged, which can result in Alcohol-Related Fatty Liver Disease (ALD). If there is no change in alcohol consumption after the onset of ALD, it may progress into very serious diseases like alcoholic hepatitis or even alcoholic cirrhosis.
Be Aware Of Your Medications
Since your liver is responsible for monitoring the components of everything you ingest to look for harmful toxins and break down properties for your bloodstream, you must be very careful to not overwhelm your liver with too many harsh medications. Make sure to consult with your doctor before taking new medications to ensure they are safe given your medical history and current prescription use.
Refrain From Smoking
While it’s well-known that smoking has negative effects on the lungs, the bad habit can also have serious consequences on other vital organs, including the liver.
Cigarettes contain over 4000 toxic chemicals, a nightmare for the organ responsible for filtering these toxins out of the bloodstream. Not only that, but the smoke inhaled actually prevents your liver from receiving the oxygen it needs to function properly. For these reasons and more, health specialists are becoming more and more certain that cigarette smoking can lead to an increased progression and severity of liver disease.
Consider Taking Liver Health Supplements
This summer, Vibrant Nutraceuticals is launching a new product designed to help promote liver health: Plumisol, containing prunus mume extract, which has been hailed for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver-protecting properties.
Studies have shown that the management of both NAFLD and ALD with Prunus mume extract has beneficial effects on various metabolic parameters as it has hepatoprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and may contribute to a good quality of life.
As always, consult with your doctor before taking new supplements to see if they are right for you.
Keep an eye out for the launch of Plumisol – Coming Summer 2021!
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