How Healthy Is Your Liver?
The liver is one of the least understood and most important organs in the human body. But it was not always so - in Medieval Europe, the liver rivaled the heart as the center of love and passion. Indeed, it is thought that the word 'liver' comes from the verb 'to live.' In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver was seen as the home of the soul, and responsible for the flow of 'Chi', or vital energy.
In modern times, the liver is known to be the body's detoxifier, and vital in protein synthesis and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. And problems with one's liver can lead to serious health problems throughout the body, such as nervous system conditions, gall bladder concerns, kidney concerns, menstruation concerns, headaches, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Below are some ways in which you can heal your liver, allowing it to heal you.
- Avoid Alcohol - It is common knowledge that the consumption of alcohol is bad for your liver. Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of cirrhosis, a scarring of the liver which prevents proper liver functioning, which in turn can lead to jaundice, fluid buildup, or cancer of the liver. The best way to avoid serious liver problems is to abstain from heavy alcohol consumption, or, better yet, from alcohol altogether.
- Low-Fat, Vegetarian Diet - Fatty liver is one of the more common and more dangerous liver ailments, and it is largely diet-related. In fact, diseases of the liver may result in diminished ability to emulsify fats. Conversely, eating greens and other vegetables are extremely beneficial to your liver, particularly foods rich in B-12 Vitamins and folic acid.
- Liver Health Vitamins - Aside from B-12 and folic acid, there are other vitamins, minerals and nutrients which are great for healing and detoxing one's liver. Vitamins A, C, and E are helpful when the liver isn't functioning properly, as are the minerals zinc and magnesium. Studies have shown that a poorly working liver creates deficiencies in the vitamins and minerals necessary for a well-balanced and healthy body.