The season of festivities is upon us – doesn’t time fly! In the spirit of celebration we often end up eating and drinking far more than our bodies are used to. There are richer foods and lots of alcohol on offer.
This is great but it means that we put our livers under strain. Our liver is a phenomenal organ that processes our food and completes many other important functions. It is our key detox facility and so it is a vital organ. We really need to look after our liver. If our liver is not working well toxins accumulate leading to your bowel and kidneys getting congested too.
What is so important about the liver?
Your liver is more than a detox unit
If you feel any of the following:
You may well have a poorly functioning liver.
How do you protect your liver?
The important things that you need to do all the time are:
Hydration and the liver
Our liver is the detox system for our body. It rids us of the accumulation of toxins. To work efficiently our liver needs to be properly hydrated.
Hydration is a key component in our health. Every day you need to be drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of pure water a day. I am not including tea and coffee in this total. These drinks have a diuretic effect so if you drink them then add an equivalent amount of water to your day.
I stress the importance of water at this time because if we are not hydrated our organs will be under additional strain when we are asking it to absorb more food, richer ingredients and probably lots of alcohol too.
What is a well balanced diet?
Your food regime should include:
There are some foods that research is highlighting as possibly beneficial to our liver health. These include:
Your liver and lifestyle
The season has kept our minds focused on food and drink but please bear in mind that lifestyle choices can also affect your liver health too:
Obviously our approach is a preventative one. Regular readers know that we always encourage this method rather than crisis health management. Read our advice below to navigate your way through the festive celebrations and maintain your good health.
The Healthy Liver Toolkit
We wrote another blog on liver health that you can read here.
We hope this article helps you stay healthy whilst enjoying a great festive season.
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