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Give Your Liver Some Love This Christmas

The Christmas season is underway now and office parties are coming fast and furious. But a big party can mean a big hangover the day after! At private medical care in London, we see lots of patients who feel rotten after a night out, at this time of year. Those nights out when you down more than you do the rest of the year can, as well as having an impact on your health, be an embarrassment too.

Under the influence of that demon drink you find yourself sending a very ill advised text to an ex or worse, playing tonsil hockey with a co-worker. When the booze wears off along with your stinking hangover the feeling of humiliation and horror may haunt you not the New Year. So this year when party save your blushes and give your liver some love too.  And save yourself a visit to private health care, as well.

Your liver is at the core of many functions in your body:

  • digestion,

  • immunity and

  • metabolism

Drowning you liver in booze will do neither or you any favours at all!

Our London private clinic facts about your Liver

As per private gp specialist in London A well functioning liver will help with burning fat. The Liver and Gall Bladder helps us excrete fatty substances, and that includes our stored body fat. The liver is also a guide for other metabolic like oestrogen and cholesterol. The second largest organ (after our skin) the liver is situated on the right behind the ribcage.

One of the liver’s most important roles is detoxification. Any substance that would, if it was able to accumulate in your body, cause you harm is dealt with by the liver and converted into a less harmful form and then safely excreted from the body. The lifestyle we choose will impact on how well our livers do their job. It is a fact that almost 1.5ltrs of blood passes through our livers every minute so it is a really hard working organ. Don’t make its job any harder!

Liver Overloaders

These things can negatively impact your liver;

  • Caffeine

  • Alcohol

  • Sugars

  • Synthetic substances such as pesticides, chemicals in skin care, medication etc.

  • Trans Fat

  • Infections from viruses

Your liver also transforms substances your body makes so they are excreted- cholesterol and steroid hormones such as oestrogen. 

Your body cannot deal with alcohol, so the liver HAS TO transform alcohol or we would soon die. So if you overload with alcohol the liver has to put other things on the back burner to deal with the alcohol and keep you alive. Meanwhile nasties like pesticides, oestrogen and chemicals are stored up or worse, especially where oestrogen is concerned, if the liver is congested, it gets released it back into the body. Oestrogen overload and recycled oestrogen and not good news.

Liver Aids 

These things will help your liver to function well and give you good health;

  • Good old H2O - water.

  • Leafy green veg and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, carrots, and artichokes, dandelion and beetroot. A green smoothie does a great job of cramming in loads of veg in one hit.

  • Turmeric, cinnamon, liquorice and milk thistle and herbs and spices that are liver helpers.

  • Foods high in sulphur such as legumes, garlic, eggs and onions.

  • Foods that are high in soluble fibre like pears, apples and oat bran.

Don’t think that you can eat some carrots and then drink yourself into to oblivion or drink a green smoothie and you will balance things out – it doesn’t work that way. The keyword is moderation. Your liver will thank you but you might also spare those blushes too!

Stay safe and have fun!

 22 Dec 2016

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