It is no longer news that everyday we see or hear about young people in their prime falling sick with cancer or some kind of terminal auto immune disease. However what is interesting is that more and many more people are beginning to take charge of their lives. People no longer wish to continue to swallow whatever the is thrown at them They make conscious effort to find out what is healthy and nourishing in order to help give their bodies what is needed so as to enjoy a better life.
There are so much we as individuals can do to help support the cells, tissues and organs that work together to keep our body functioning at its best. It doesnt really cost or require much, only a little commitment and responsibility on our part. One such way is to take care of the liver which is a very vital organ in our body.
The Need To Take Care Of Your Liver
Our liver is like a power house, it is the strongman that keeps invaders away from attacking your territory. Directly or indirectly the liver plays a role in most of the processes that occur in our body. It is the hardest-working organ in our body, performing about five hundred functions. Thats HUGE!
So, if this liver is as important as they say it is, I believe taking extra care to ensure that it continues to perform well would be a sensible thing to do. Wouldnt you agree with me?
This is why I have decided to start now to take care of my body really, starting with the liver. It is never too late to start; youd be surprised at the amazing and powerful healing power of the body. I encourage you to come along with me on this journey so we can begin to eat healthy for our liver.
Here are some of the things I have started including/excluding from my lifestyle. Remember every little change will count towards the big result but if you wait to make a very big change, you may never get to it.
Taking a good multivitamin/multimineral supplement daily: Taking a comprehensive multivitamin supplement daily will support the liver and help it continue to function effectively.
Do not just choose any multivitamin supplement, make sure whichever you are buying has the full range of B vitamins, essential minerals like zinc, manganese, copper, magnesium and selenium which all play a major role in protecting the liver against free radical damage and contributes to the detoxification process.
- Take in as much fiber as possible to increase excretion of toxins through the colon: I am now trying to take in more fiber so as to improve my bowel movement. My bowels do not open everyday, and all these years I thought it was a good sign that I do not eat excess food but eat what my body is able to reabsorb. How wrong I was?
The fact is that if my bowel function is sluggish and does not work together and at the same pace with my liver, then whatever toxins the liver detoxifies and excretes may get reabsorbed back into my body and this will mean more work for the liver and more toxins in the body.
- Include more cruciferous vegetables into your diet: All vegetables are not equal.Cruciferous veggies are more important when it comes to cleansing the liver and keeping the liver stronger and healthier. Some of these cruciferous vegetables are not as desirable as the other veggies because for the most part they are not as tasty and are kind of unappealing. But they are known as the SuperGreens and thats because of the powerful phytonutrients and magnesium they contain which help to cleanse the liver and bowels.
- Some of these cruciferous vegetables are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, cauliflower and turnips.
- Be careful how and when you drink water or other fluids: I have always heard the experts say, drink at least 8 glasses of water daily and that still remains a fact and should not be ignored. However, when or what time you choose to drink water could determine how well your digestive system will work.
A very good and well functioning digestive system is vital for a healthy body and we all would like our food to be properly broken down and absorbed. And to achieve this, the stomach acid would need to retain its full strength and the digestive process maintained at the right temperature.
Drinking water and/or cold drinks at meal time is not necessarily the best practice because these will dilute the stomach acid and decrease circulation in the digestive tract thereby slowing down the process of digestion.
But drinking water or tea or juice while I eat has been exactly how Ive lived my life for as long as I can remember. So now, I am trying so hard to drink water 20-30 minutes before mealtime and it hasnt been so easy. I just instinctively gulp down water whenever I am eating but I am beginning to remind myself not to bring water to the table as I eat. On the other hand, I am worried I am not drinking enough water as I used to.
Dont forget to exercise regularly