The liver, it is said, is one of the unsung heroes of the human body. At BHT we are supporting the ‘Love your Liver’ campaign as we believe that looking after your overall health starts from within. With our treatments such as Acupuncture, Reflexology and Nutrition we work closely with the different functions of bodily organs and how we can maintain them for a perfect balance. Tucked neatly in the upper part of the abdomen and nestled under the right hand side of the rib cage, the liver is like a big factory working tirelessly to maintain a healthy body. The main functions of the liver are to:
- Handle nutrients that have been absorbed by the gut from food
- Remove toxins from the blood
- Make proteins like albumin and clotting factors (to help in the clotting process)
- Secrete bile which helps digest fatty foods in particular
Many people only tend to give their liver a second thought after they have consumed one too many on a blurry night out. However the British Liver Trust is trying to raise awareness of the importance of the function of the liver and the key role it plays in keeping our bodies functioning and safe. We spend millions of pounds a year on products that make us look and feel good on the outside and now it’s time to really start thinking about what we can do to help make us feel good from the inside. Only by looking after these vital organs now, can we live long and healthy lives.
The Love Your Liver campaign is a national awareness initiative by the British Liver Trust. The awareness month suggests how you can ‘Love Your Liver’ by following three simple steps to achieve good liver health:
Take 2-3 days in a row off alcohol
By simply laying off the booze for 2 to 3 days, you will reduce your total intake and give your liver the time it needs to recover. Providing your liver has no lasting damage, it is very nifty at repairing itself very quickly; it can take as little as 24 hours to go back to normal.
This sounds like an obvious one but just by taking small steps towards this, you can increase the health of your liver. Recommended exercise programmes include aerobic exercises such as walking outside or on a treadmill, cycling and swimming. Aerobic exercise helps to increase the amount of oxygen you take in and speeds up delivery of oxygen to all vital body organs. Increasing oxygen intake to the liver helps to increase its function and maintain productivity.
Cut down on Sugars and Fats
As well as exercising regularly, eating healthily is vital to maintaining liver health. If you are overweight you can increase your risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Cutting down on your daily food indulgences and not overloading on sugary drinks and food will all help to optimise your liver function.
For more information on your liver and where to find professional advice please go to http://loveyourliver.org.uk/