January is Love Your Liver Month and its aim is to bring awareness to the importance of liver health. Did you know, 9 out of 10 cases of liver disease are linked to alcohol, weight and viral hepatitis?
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasingly common especially in children and adolescence. NAFLD as the name suggests is a liver condition which affects people who drink little or no alcohol. People develop a fatty liver from eating too much fat (triglycerides) which build up in the liver mainly because of poor eating habits and lack of physical activity.
NAFLD usually doesn't cause symptoms. However, when it does, they may include:
Possible signs and symptoms of advanced scarring (cirrhosis) include:
Too much refined food and alcohol over the Christmas holidays will not damage the liver but it can overload it causing the organ to not function efficiently. Our livers can manage the odd glass of wine or slice of cake, but when it’s on a daily basis over a prolonged period, the liver becomes overwhelmed and can’t keep up with all its jobs!
A healthy liver is important for overall health and well-being. It performs many important functions in the body, including:
Why is good liver health important for hormones?
The liver plays an important role in maintaining hormonal balance in the body. It secretes several hormones; regulates hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone; converts hormones such as T4 thyroid hormone to the active form T3; and helps metabolise and eliminate excess hormones from the body.
Proper liver function is important for maintaining healthy levels of hormones in the body. When the liver is not functioning properly, it may not be able to effectively produce or regulate hormones, which can lead to hormonal imbalances and related health issues. For example, if the liver is not able to effectively metabolise and eliminate excess oestrogen because it’s dealing with an excess in toxins such as alcohol or sugar, it can lead to oestrogen dominance, where there is more oestrogen in the body than progesterone, causing symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, and breast tenderness.
Symptoms of oestrogen dominance may include:
There are several foods and substances that can potentially harm the liver. Some of these include:
It is important to note that the liver is a resilient organ and can often repair itself if the damaging substance is removed. However, it is best to avoid substances and foods that are known to be harmful to the liver in order to protect this important organ.
Some ways to support liver health include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting treated for conditions that can affect the liver. Below are a few examples to improve your liver health.
It's important to note that while these foods and drinks may support liver health, they cannot "detox" the liver or reverse liver damage that has already occurred. The best way to take care of your liver is to follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity and staying hydrated.
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