Do You Know What Your Liver Does?
Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:
We have all heard a lot about the liver. We know that we must have a well-functioning one for us to live. And most of us know that the liver can be adversely affected by unhealthy habits such as excessive alcohol consumption and eating a diet high in red meat fats.
But what, exactly, is the liver and what does it do?
The liver is the largest gland in the body. It is a spongy mass of wedge-shaped lobes that has many functions. The liver secretes bile, a digestive fluid and it metabolizes proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It stores glycogen, a form of glucose the body uses for energy, as well as vitamins and other substances. The liver synthesizes blood clotting factors and it removes waste and toxic substances from the blood. It regulates blood volume and destroys old red blood cells.
There are a number of lifestyle activities that can cause permanent damage to the liver and consequently, damage to your overall health. Cirrhosis, a serious disease of the liver, occurs when the liver cells are damaged and replaced by scar tissue because of chronic inflammation. Inflammation can develop because of chronic viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, excessive consumption of alcohol, some drugs and other harmful substances.
According to the American Liver Foundation, here are a few simple things you can do to keep your liver healthy for life:
• Eat a healthy diet and engage in moderate exercise on a regular basis. Eat foods from all of the food groups each day. Focus on fresh, high fiber foods like fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains.
• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
• Manage your medications. When medications are taken incorrectly or the wrong ones are combined, liver damage may result. Follow dosing instructions correctly. Discuss all of the medications and supplements you take with your doctor or pharmacist.
• Avoid breathing or touching toxins. Limit direct contact with chemical cleaning products and insecticides. And don’t smoke.
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Until next time…
Yours in health,
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
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