Be Kind To Your Liver this Festive Season
The liver is an organ we often take for granted. Last year my best friend had liver hardening – Cirrhosis (She wasn’t even 30!) and has to take medication and supplements up to now. A year on, I am happy to say that the hardening has subsided and she is back in the pink of health through a careful & healthy diet, exercise and supplements.
A major illness is something we all think that will not happen to us while we are still young, we think that it will only hit us when we have grey hair or when we are past our prime but this is grossly untrue. We need to take care of our health before it deteriorates and not only when it happens.
With Christmas round the corner, there is bound to be lots of drinking, merry making with great company, rich food and presents galore. While it is fine to indulge once in a while, eating rich food and drinking lots of alcohol at every party can put unnecessary stress to your liver.
So I have put together a small guide on how to take good care of your liver this festive season.
What is your liver?
It is the largest internal organ in your body, roughly the size of a rugby ball and weighs 1.25 -1.5kg
What does it look like?
What does it do? (Source taken from BBC Health: read the full functions of liver here
More than 500 known functions which include:
- Storing your energy and vitamins
- Aids digestion
- Emulsify fats in your body
- Producing and maintaining the balance of hormones
How We Damage it? (Source: Love your liver campaign – read more symptoms here
- Eating a diet rich in saturated and trans fat
- Sedentary lifestyle – you hardly exercise
- drinking too much alcohol (not only does alcohol affect the liver, it affects other parts of your body as well)
Signs and Symptoms: (Source – Medicinet – read more here )
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
Picture source: healthcentral.com
- Bleeding or easy bruising that can occur when the liver is unable to make enough of the normal blood clotting proteins
- Swelling of the legs with fluid (edema)
- Fatigue that is of unknown cause, but may be related to some impaired metabolic function of the liver
How To Take Good Care of Your Liver: (Source: read more on how to take care-http://www.essentiale.com.sg/your-liver-health/how-do-i-take-care-of-my-liver)
- Move your butt! Exercise, get up and going, find a sport you like, just get moving. This reduces the fatty deposits in the liver.
Okie I went a bit overboard with the cartoons but you get my drift!
- Minimize intake of alcohol
- Avoid environmental pollutants
- Beware of herbal supplements, some herbal remedies are reported to cause liver toxicities. Be careful what you take.
Speaking of which… Essentiale is a good supplement to take
Read more here
So remember to take good care of your health this festive season, especially since after that Chinese New Year is round the corner. I barely have time to recover from Christmas eating and here comes all those pineapple tarts, bak kwa and love letters.
My plan – Eat smart, party hard, low alcohol and exercise as much as I can whenever I can 🙂