Making Life Easy on Your Liver During Celebrations
We all know what it’s like to overindulge during the holidays
But if you indulge too much, you risk more than just a bulging belly.
Most people don’t think about their liver until they have a problem. They go about their lives, blissfully unaware that they are causing trouble for an organ that has literally hundreds of functions in the human body.
When celebrating, it’s easy to dismiss sensible warnings about drinking too much alcohol with reckless abandon. It goes without saying that alcohol can easily overwhelm the liver and lead to cirrhosis and other liver ailments.
But what many people don’t consider is the fact that your liver is going to also process all the gooey, sticky treats you sample (not to mention the salty ones!) during festive times of the year.
High levels of fat are also rough on the liver, which is why a typical cirrhosis diet will encourage lean sources of protein such as chicken or turkey. If you eat too much fat, it can start to build up in the liver and cause a type of cirrhosis that is similar to that which is induced by drinking too much alcohol.
Not only that, but any medications you’re on will also have to pass through the liver and, consequently, put inordinate stress on the organ.
A classic example is that of taking a pain reliever and chasing it with alcohol. Now you’re really making your liver work hard. Remember, it doesn’t have an infinite capacity for healing, but if you’re going to abuse it, you’ll have that much less reserve left for vital functions.
Now that you’ve heard lots of dont’s, how about a few do’s?
You can help your liver by adjusting your diet- even if you don’t have an issue with your liver- and adding some healthful and liver friendly foods into your mix. It doesn’t take a lot of these foods and you can keep them around for a long time as they keep well.
Just putting a few healthy choices on your list can lead to much better overall health.
Let’s take a look at our list:
- Whole grain breads
- Lean protein sources (like chicken/ turkey)
All these simple foods contain nutrients that will help your liver to cleanse itself and encourage better overall health.
Even just a little bit each day is a good idea to help you get in the habit. The longest journey begins with the first step and it doesn’t hurt to take the right attitude toward your nutrition.
We all like to have a good time, but under no circumstances should you impair your liver from doing it’s job- even when you’re celebrating and feeling great. By definition, excess will always be synonymous with doing damage.
Be good to your liver, you can’t live without it!
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