How to look after our wonderful livers

How to look after our wonderful livers

It’s official – our livers have magical properties. Damage them and they repair. Kill their cells and they grow new ones. But this doesn’t mean

they should be ignored. With care and protection, we can reduce the need for them to regenerate. So let’s look after our wonderful livers.

The liver is our largest organ and the most complex apart from the brain. It makes proteins and aids digestion and energy release. It purifies the blood – removing bacteria, alcohol and drugs – as well as helping with blood clotting. It stores energy and iron until our bodies need them. Overall, our amazing livers are responsible for 500 essential functions of life.

Yet most of us don’t look after them very well. Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in the UK and it’s on the increase. And many of us have liver disease but are unaware of it.

Could the liver’s own cleverness be contributing to its neglect? Its regenerating properties are well known and may be making us complacent. It’s true that, if the liver is damaged by disease or injury, it can grow back to its original size. Its ability to grow new cells is remarkable, but be mindful – damage it too much and this ability can be very much reduced. Push it too far and scar tissue can develop that changes the structure of the liver, causing irreversible harm.

We can help prevent this by making healthy, long-term lifestyle decisions, so our livers stay in good condition for longer. But what does a liver-friendly life look like?

  • You won’t be surprised to know that regular exercise is important. Thirty minutes’ activity, five times a week is recommended for most adults and this can include walking, mowing the lawn, taking the stairs instead of the escalator or going for a bike ride.
  • It may sound obvious, but many of us still need to drink less alcohol and a lot more water.
  • Cook from scratch where you can, using fresh ingredients instead of processed food. Try to eat more vegetables and grains than fats, sugars and proteins.
  • There are some nutrients that may have particular benefits for the liver, including lycopene (found in tomatoes); curcumin (from the spice turmeric); green tea; and thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).

Let’s celebrate our magical livers.

Two capsules of ProfBiotics® Liver supplement contain the equivalent of six tomatoes; six teaspoons of turmeric; three cups of green tea; four cups of rice; and nine tablespoons of wheatgerm oil to help support normal liver health.

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