Looking for ways to fine tune your liver health and stave off disease? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll be sharing 5 of our best tips to keep you feeling well, from learning how to quit added sugar to enjoying a steaming cup of coffee.
Your liver is a vital organ responsible for filtering toxins from your body, producing bile to aid in digestion, and storing glucose for energy. So, without further ado, here are five unusual tips to keep your liver in tip-top shape:
Say goodbye to added sugar
Added sugar is one of the biggest contributors to poor liver health, so embarking on a journey to quit the stuff can be one of your best weapons in the fight against liver disease.
Take a look at just a few of the things excess sugar can do to this organ:
Increase risk for fatty liver disease: When we consume excess added sugar, it gets converted to visceral fat in our liver – this is the kind that wraps around our abdominal organs, putting us at risk for obesity and heart disease. But it can also increase our risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is characterised by the build-up of fat in liver cells.
Insulin resistance: Consuming excess added sugar can also lead to insulin resistance, which means our cells become less responsive to insulin.
Increased risk of liver diseases: Studies have shown that, along with increasing our risk for fatty liver disease, consuming excess added sugar can also increase the risk of developing other diseases of the liver like liver cancers.
Enjoy your morning cup of coffee
Yep, you read that right! Your cup of joe could actually be beneficial for your liver, according to some researchers. Studies have shown that coffee consumption can lower the risk of liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer. So, go ahead and brew up a batch of coffee!
Don't fear fat
We’ve spoken a lot about the dangers of visceral fat, but that doesn’t mean we need to fear fat! This stuff is vital for our survival, helping us absorb a number of nutrients. In fact, consuming healthy fats like those found in nuts, seeds, yoghurt and avocados can help improve liver function, particularly foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the risk of fatty liver disease.
Consume anti-inflammatory foods
Anti-inflammatory foods are highly beneficial for our gut and liver, helping to lower our risk for disease. Turmeric is a spice that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to its curcumin content – this is a compound that can help prevent liver damage and promote liver regeneration. So, next time you're cooking up some curry or making a soup, add a bit of turmeric.
Regular exercise is crucial for overall health – from your head to your toes, and that includes your liver! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which can reduce stress and inflammation in the liver, along with boosting circulation and improving gut health. Plus, exercise can help prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by reducing visceral fat.
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- 8 weeks of meal plans and shopping lists.
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So, if you’re ready to ditch sugar and the host of maladies that come with it, it’s not too late to join. We’d love to help you get started on your health journey. Sign up HERE today!